Gaining a good understanding of how high freestream turbulence augments heat transfer is important for predicting thermal loadings for turbine blades and vanes. This study was aimed at documenting the surface heat transfer and the highly turbulent flowfield around a stator vane. The effects of turbulence levels between 11% and 24% were studied. At the highest turbulence level, two different Reynolds numbers (Reex = 6 × 105 and 1.2 × 106) and two different length scales were also studied. Three-component laser Doppler velocimeter measurements of the velocity fluctuations indicated that downstream of the active grid there was an initial decay of the turbulent kinetic energy which then leveled off at about one leading edge radius upstream of the vane. Inside the vane passage the turbulent kinetic energy increased slightly and then decayed through the passage. The surface heat transfer showed the largest augmentations on the pressure side of the vane with higher augmentations at higher turbulence levels, smaller length scales, and higher Reynolds numbers.

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