Title page for ETD etd-07272006-184316

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Cress, Ronald
URN etd-07272006-184316
Title Turbine Blade Heat Transfer Measurements in a Transonic Flow Using Thin Film Gages
Degree Master of Science
Department Mechanical Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Ng, Fai Committee Co-Chair
Thole, Karen A. Committee Co-Chair
Vick, Brian L. Committee Member
  • Thin Film Gage
  • Heat Transfer
  • Turbine Blade
  • Transonic
Date of Defense 2006-06-16
Availability unrestricted

Experimental heat transfer data has been collected at engine representative conditions in this work to use in future work to improve computational models. Tests were carried out in a transonic cascade wind tunnel with the data collected using thin film gages. All of the necessary development to use the thin film gages has been completed, including construction of electronics and analysis tools to reduce the data. Gage installation and calibration techniques have been successfully implemented for the current research facility and those procedures have been documented. Heat transfer tests were carried out at engine design speed as well as conditions both above and below design speed. The resulting effect of different Reynolds numbers on heat transfer has been studied and the data collected has been compared with computer predictions, analytical correlations, and data from other published literature to validate the results obtained.

Finally, it has been shown that a transient analysis technique can be used to process the data for gages that do not exhibit steady results during the quasi-steady test run. This transient technique resulted in data that agrees well with published literature and analytical correlations.

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