The effects of free-stream turbulence scale on heat transfer through a turbulent flat plate boundary layer have been measured. A variety of turbulence spectra were produced by parallel bar grids. The design of these was guided by previous measurements of combustion chamber turbulence. Heat transfer was measured transiently using thin film gauges. The heat transfer to the plate was found to be a function of turbulence integral length scale as well as intensity, and is of relevance to gas turbine heat transfer where aerofoils are subject to high turbulence levels from the combustor. Enhancement factors of up to 40% were experienced and the results extend conclusions drawn by other workers to higher turbulence levels and scales.

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