Date of Award

December 2012

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



First Advisor

Ryoichi S. Amano

Committee Members

Pradeep Rohatgi, John R. Reisel, Istvan Lauko, Junhong Chen, Ying Li


CFD, Gas Turbine Cooling, LES, RANS, Rib Turbulator


Gas turbines are extensively used for aircraft propulsion, land based power generation and various industrial applications. Developments in innovative gas turbine cooling technology enhance the efficiency and power output, with an increase in turbine rotor inlet temperatures. These advancements of turbine cooling have allowed engine design to exceed normal material temperature limits. For internal cooling design, techniques for heat extraction from the surfaces exposed to hot stream are based on the increase of heat transfer areas and on promotion of turbulence of the cooling flow. In this study, it is obtained by casting repeated continuous V and broken V shaped ribs on one side of the two pass square channel into the core of blade. Despite extensive research on ribs, only few papers have validated the numerical data with experimental results in two pass channel. In the present study, detailed experimental investigation is carried out for two pass square channels with 180° turn. Detailed heat transfer distribution occurring in the ribbed passage is reported for steady state experiment. Four different combinations of 60° and Broken 60° V ribs in channel are considered. Thermocouples are used to obtain the temperature on the channel surface and local heat transfer coefficients are obtained for various Reynolds numbers, within the turbulent flow regime. Area averaged data are calculated in order to compare the overall performance of the tested ribbed surface and to evaluate the degree of heat transfer enhancement induced by the ribs with. Flow within the channels is characterized by heat transfer enhancing ribs, bends, rotation and buoyancy effects. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations were carried out for the same geometries using different turbulence models such as k-&omega Shear stress transport (SST) and Reynolds stress model (RSM). These CFD simulations were based on advanced computing in order to improve the accuracy of three dimensional metal temperature prediction which can be applied routinely in the design stage of turbine cooled vanes and blades.

This study presents an attempt to collect information about Nusselt number inside the ribbed duct and a series of measurement is performed in steady state eliminating the error sources inherently connected with transient method. A Large Eddy Simulation (LES) is carried out on the best V and Broken V rib arrangements to analyze the flow pattern inside the channel. A novel method is devised to analyze the results obtained from CFD simulation. Hybrid LES/Reynolds Averaged Navier Strokes (RANS) modeling is used to modify Reynolds stresses using Algebraic Stress Model (ASM).