Heat transfer from multiple row arrays of low aspect ratio pin fins

Seth A. Lawson, Alan A. Thrift, Karen A. Thole, Atul Kohli

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Pin fin arrays are used in many applications to enhance heat transfer. In modern gas turbines, for example, airfoils are designed with sophisticated internal and external cooling techniques. One method for cooling is routing air from the compressor through intricate cooling channels embedded in turbine airfoils. Heat transfer from the blade to the coolant air can be increased by installing arrays of cylindrical pedestals often referred to as pin fins. Pin fin arrays increase heat transfer by increasing the flow turbulence and surface area of the airfoil exposed to the coolant. For the current study, experiments were conducted to determine the effects of pin spacing on heat transfer and pressure loss through pin fin arrays for a range of Reynolds numbers between 5000 and 30,000. Results showed that spanwise pin spacing had a larger effect than streamwise spacing on array pressure loss while streamwise spacing had a larger effect than spanwise spacing on array heat transfer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4099-4109
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Issue number17-18
StatePublished - Aug 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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