This paper discusses the need and the procedure for scaling discharge coefficient measurements made in an ambient temperature experiment to render them applicable to the engine situation. Among the dimensionless parameters affecting the discharge coefficients of film cooling holes are the Reynolds number and the coolant Mach number.
Experiments have been conducted in a large scale annular blowdown cascade of film cooled nozzle guide vanes. The coolant system design, using a heavy ‘foreign gas’ (an SF6/Ar mixture) at ambient temperatures, allows the coolant-to-mainstream density ratio and blowing parameters to be matched to engine values.
By using elevated pressure tests, the effect of varying the coolant Reynolds number without external flow is observed experimentally and these results are then used to correct the discharge coefficients measured on the vane with external crossflow. Data is presented and discussed for two cooling hole geometries, namely cylindrical and fanshaped holes.