Abstract

As designers aim to increase efficiency in gas turbines for aircraft propulsion and power generation, spatially-resolved experimental measurements are needed to validate computational models and compare improvement gains of new cooling designs. Infrared (IR) thermography is one such method for obtaining spatially-resolved temperature measurements. As technological advances in thermal detectors enable faster integration times, surface temperature measurements of rotating turbine blades become possible to capture including the smallest features. This paper outlines opportunities enabled by the latest IR detector technologies for capturing spatially-resolved rotating blade temperatures, while also addressing some of the challenges of implementing IR for turbine rigs such as the one in the Steady Thermal Aero Research Turbine (START) Laboratory. This paper documents critical steps in achieving accurate measurements including calibration, integration times, spatial noise, and motion blur. From these results, recommendations are provided for achieving accurate IR measurements collected in a rotating turbine facility to study film cooling.

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