Influence of streamwise position of crescent-shaped block on flat-plate film cooling characteristics

  • Chao ZhangEmail author
  • Zhan Wang
Technical Paper


Film cooling injection from discrete circular holes is widely used in gas turbines to reduce the heat load of the turbine blades. Placing a special designed structure upstream or downstream, the circular hole has been proven to be a new effective way to improve cooling effectiveness in recent years. In the present study, numerical investigations were performed on a row of circular holes over a flat plate with crescent-shaped blocks. Totally seven configurations without block, with blocks located at six streamwise positions including 6 times, 5 times, 4 times of hole diameter upstream, and 0.5 times, 1.5 times, 2.5 times of hole diameter downstream at blowing ratios of 0.5–1.5 were tested symmetrically. The Reynolds-averaged Navier–Stokes equations with the kω shear-stress transport model were solved. Flow fields, cooling effectiveness and aerodynamic losses were analyzed in detail. Although with different generation mechanism, additional vortex pair opposite to the counter-rotating vortex pair was generated by placing either an upstream or downstream block, which could finally improve the coolant lateral coverage and thus cooling effectiveness. The cooling performances and aerodynamic losses between configurations without block and with blocks at six streamwise positions were then compared. Finally, the optimal streamwise position of the block was recommended at various blowing ratios.


Gas turbine Film cooling Crescent-shaped block Streamwise position Cooling effectiveness Aerodynamic loss 



This investigation was supported by Natural Science Foundation of Tianjin (grant number 18JCQNJC07200) and National Science Foundation of China (grant number 51506150).

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The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tianjin Key Laboratory for Advanced Mechatronic System Design and Intelligent Control, School of Mechanical EngineeringTianjin University of TechnologyTianjinChina
  2. 2.National Demonstration Center for Experimental Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Education (Tianjin University of Technology)TianjinChina
  3. 3.School of Energy and Power EngineeringShandong UniversityJinanChina

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