Coherent structures in trailing-edge cooling and the challenge for turbulent heat transfer modelling

Hayder Schneider*, Dominic A. Von Terzi, Hans Jörg Bauer, Wolfgang Rodi

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The present paper tests the capability of a standard Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) turbulence model for predicting the turbulent heat transfer in a generic trailing-edge situation with a cutback on the pressure side of the blade. The model investigated uses a gradient-diffusion assumption with a scalar turbulent-diffusivity and constant turbulent Prandtl number. High-fidelity Large-Eddy Simulations (LES) were performed for three blowing ratios to provide reliable target data and the mean velocity and eddy viscosity as input for the heat transfer model testing. Reasonably good agreement between the LES and recent experiments was achieved for mean flow and turbulence statistics. The LES yielded coherent structures which were analysed, in particular with respect to their effect on the turbulent heat transfer. For increasing blowing ratio, the LES replicated an also experimentally observed counter-intuitive decrease of the cooling effectiveness caused by the coherent structures becoming stronger. In contrast, the RANS turbulent heat transfer model failed in predicting this behaviour and yielded significantly too high cooling effectiveness. It is shown that the model cannot predict the strong upstream and wall-directed turbulent heat fluxes caused by large coherent structures, which were found to be responsible for the counter-intuitive decrease of the cooling effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-119
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Coherent structures
  • Film cooling
  • Turbulence simulation
  • Turbulent heat transfer

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