ME Seminar | Innovations in Gas Turbine Cooling Designs: Impact of Additive Manufacturing

Friday, February 21, 2020
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
EGR 2164 (DEWALT Seminar Room, Martin Hall)
Nicholas Thompson
301 405 2410

Seminar by Prof. Srinath V. Ekkad

RJ Reynolds Professor & Head of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

North Carolina State University

Abstract: Gas turbine hot section components are being pushed to the limit with every increasing combustion firing temperatures and improved expectations of life and durability. Improved internal cooling of turbine blades is a critical need for the interest. With the advent of additive manufacturing, the designs of internal cooling feature options are unlimited. With that in mind, detailed heat transfer measurements are presented for complex internal cooling channels with and without rotation to evaluate performance and applicability of such cooling designs to turbine blade cooling. Aspect of additively manufactured complex designs as a tool to enhance heat transfer compared to conventional manufacturing methods are discussed. A transient liquid crystal technique is used to measure detailed heat transfer coefficient distributions inside these channels. The cooling channels have features such as ribs, dimples, impinging jets and a combination of these features. The challenge of making detailed measurements inside such rotating channels is displayed through the measurements. In addition, some examples of additively designed geometries are demonstrated.  


Speaker Bio: Dr. S. V. Ekkad is the Department Head and RJ Reynolds Professor in the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department at North Carolina State University since September 2017. He previously served as the Associate Vice President for Research Programs at Virginia Tech. He was also the Founder and Director of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Center for Advanced System Diagnostics at Virginia Tech, one of 30 centers around the world, prior to joining NC state. He was in the Mechanical Engineering department at Virginia Tech from August 2007 to September 2017 after 9 years at LSU and 2 years at Rolls-Royce Allison Engine Company in Indianapolis. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and M.S. from Arizona State University. He has over 25 years of experience in heat transfer related research. He has published over 250 journal & conference articles, three patents and co-authored a book and three book chapters. He currently has funding from Solar Turbines, and Trilotus Aerospace Systems/Chromalloy. He has been working on gas turbine cooling and heat transfer issues since 1989 including a stint as a design engineer at Rolls-Royce, Indianapolis before his academic career. Dr. Ekkad has also served as a summer faculty fellow at AFRL, Dayton in 2003. He is well known for his contributions to heat transfer experimental methods. In 2004, he received the inaugural ASME Bergles/Rohsenow Young Investigator in Heat Transfer Award for significant contributions to the field of heat transfer by a researcher under the age of 36. He is also the Editor-in-Chief for the ASME Journal for Thermal Science and Engineering Applications.

Audience: Public  Graduate  Faculty  Staff 

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