Left – Right: Chao-Cheng Shiau, Je-Chin Han and Andrew F. Chen
Three researchers in the Turbomachinery Laboratory at Texas A&M have received a best paper award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)-Gas Turbine Heat Transfer Committee. Ph.D. students Chao-Cheng Shiau and Andrew F Chen along with professor Je-Chin Han, were recognized for their paper, “Film Cooling Effectiveness Comparison on Full-Scale Turbine Vane Endwalls Using PSP Techniques.”
Shiau presented the paper at the Turbo Expo in June 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He received the award this past June at the Turbo Expo in Oslo, Norway. His co-authors Dr. Han and Chen attended his presentation.
The research focused on the effectiveness of film cooling on a heavy duty turbine vane endwall. Blades on a turbine are used for gaining energy from high temperature. The high temperatures can cause damage to the turbine, so cooling is important to keeping the turbines working, and the engine from burning up. The purpose of this research was to observe the differences and comparisons of different film cooling patterns.
Shiau, Chen and Han worked on the project, sponsored by Siemens Energy for two years. Shiau said he feels lucky to have been able to work on this project.
Shiau said the project took a lot of preparation. This project was different because there hasn’t been much documentation in literature of cooling on real engine hardware.
“I want to say thank you to my co-authors Andrew Chen and Dr. Han for all of their hard work and help on this research,” Shiau said. “It’s an honor to receive this award there was so many papers submitted to this category, making it so much harder to be awarded. Knowing that in one of the biggest categories we were able to be recognized means so much to me.”
“It’s an honor to receive this award there was so many papers submitted to this category, making it so much harder to be awarded.
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