Heat transfer results for a given slot shaped channel with a 3:1 aspect ratio are presented using various methods to enhance swirl in the channel including helical shaped-trip-strips and swirl-jets issuing from the side walls. Four different configurations of the swirl jets and one configuration of the helical trip strips were studied. The Reynolds numbers investigated range from 10,000 to 50,000 and are based on the mean velocity of the fluid at the channel inlet, or when swirl-jets are used, the equivalent mass flow rates at the exit of the main channel. Independently these heat transfer enhancement strategies have proven to be effective in either round channels, in the case of swirl jets and helical protrusions, or rectangular channels, in the case of trip strips. A transient technique combined with Duhamel’s superposition theorem was used to obtain the heat transfer coefficient distributions. Narrow-band liquid crystals were used to map the transient surface temperatures and were combined with thermocouples that measured the bulk-air temperatures along the flow path in the main channel. The results for the tests reported in this paper show mean heat transfer enhancement values (Nu/Nuo) greater than 4.5 and low normalized friction factors. Thermal performance factors ranged from 1.1–3.3 for the various configurations studied. These results show significant improvements over other types of heat transfer enhancement methods currently used in the mid-span section of turbine blades.

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