Performance of public film cooling geometries produced through additive manufacturing

Jacob C. Snyder, Karen A. Thole

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

11 Scopus citations


Film cooling is an essential cooling technology to allow modern gas turbines to operate at high temperatures. For years, researchers in this community have worked to improve the effectiveness of film cooling configurations by maximizing the coolant coverage and minimizing the heat flux from the hot gas into the part. Working toward this goal has generated many promising film cooling concepts with unique shapes and configurations. However, until recently, many of these designs were challenging to manufacture in actual turbine hardware due to limitations with legacy manufacturing methods. Now, with the advances in additive manufacturing, it is possible to create turbine parts using high-temperature nickel alloys that feature detailed and unique geometry features. Armed with this new manufacturing power, this study aims to build and test the promising designs from the public literature that were previously difficult or impossible to implement. In this study, different cooling hole designs were manufactured in test coupons using a laser powder bed fusion process. Each nickel alloy coupon featured a single row of engine scale cooling holes, fed by a microchannel. To evaluate performance, the overall cooling effectiveness of each coupon was measured using a matched Biot test at engine relevant conditions. The results showed that certain hole shapes are better suited for additive manufacturing than others and that the manufacturing process can cause significant deviations from the performance reported in the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number142-5_A9_09
JournalJournal of Turbomachinery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Performance of public film cooling geometries produced through additive manufacturing'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this