The interaction between the strongly swirling combustor outflow and the high pressure turbine nozzle guide vanes were investigated at the cascade test rig at Technische Universität Darmstadt. The test section of the rig consists of six swirl generators and five cascade vanes. The three middle vanes are equipped with film cooling holes at the leading edges. The swirler nozzles are aligned with the center of the cascade passages.

The operating settings are defined by the swirl number, the distance between the swirler nozzles and the vanes, the blowing ratio and the radial angle of the film cooling holes.

Flow field measurements using PIV downstream of the swirlers and five hole probe measurements at the inlet and outlet plane of the cascade were accomplished. Measurements using the ammonia diazo technique to determine the adiabatic film cooling effectiveness on the surface of the center cascade vane were also carried out.

It is shown that a swirling inflow leads to a strong alteration of the flow field and the losses in the passages in comparison to an axial inflow. Furthermore, the impact of the swirl on the formation of the cooling film and it’s adiabatic film cooling effectiveness is presented.

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