Predictions of cooling from dirt purge holes along the tip of a turbine blade

E. M. Hohlfeld, J. R. Christophel, E. L. Couch, K. A. Thole

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The clearance gap between the tip of a turbine blade and its associated shroud provides a flow path for leakage from the pressure side of the blade to the suction side. The tip region is one area that experiences high heat transfer and, as such, can be the determining factor for blade life. One method for reducing blade tip heat transfer is to use cooler fluid from the compressor, that exits from relatively large dirt purge holes placed in the tip, for cooling purposes. Dirt purge holes are typically manufactured in the blade tip to extract dirt from the coolant flow through centrifugal forces such that these dirt particles do not block smaller diameter film-cooling holes. This paper discusses the results of numerous computational simulations of cooling injection from dirt purge holes along the tip of a turbine blade. Some comparisons are also made to experimental results in which a properly scaled-up blade geometry (12X) was used to form a two-passage linear cascade. Computational results indicate that the cooling achieved through the dirt purge injection from the blade tip is dependent on the gap size as well as the blowing ratio. For a small tip gap (0.54% of the span) the flow exiting the dirt purge holes act as a blockage for the leakage flow across the gap. As the blowing ratio is increased for a large tip gap (1.63% of the span), the tip cooling increases only slightly while the cooling to the shroud increases significantly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-152
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Turbo and Jet Engines
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering


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