Measurements of average convective heat transfer are reported for square arrays of impinging air jets. The target plate on which the jets impinge is perforated so that spent air is withdrawn through the plate rather than at one or more edges of the array, as is usually the case in such investigations. Jet holes and vent holes had the same diameters, but the spacing of the jet holes was twice that of the vent holes. This information is especially relevent to the design of hybrid cooling configurations, in which a surface is cooled by the combined mechanisms of impingement and transpiration. Tests were conducted for both inline arrangements (with a vent hole opposite each jet orifice) and for staggered arrangements; and the latter always yielded higher average heat transfer. The degradation of performance of inline arrays was most pronounced when the clearance between the jet orifice plate and the target plate was small. Under these conditions, a significant portion of each jet flows directly out through the opposing vent without “scrubbing” the target surface. Arrays with staggered vent holes yield heat transfer rates consistently higher (sometimes by as much as 35 percent) than the same jet array with edge venting. The authors attribute the superior performance of the former geometry to high local heat transfer due to boundary layer suction in the vicinities of the vent holes.

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