The secondary flow field in a large-scale high-pressure turbine cascade with micro-holed endwall cooling has been investigated at the Genova Laboratory of Aerodynamics and Turbomachinery in cooperation with Avio S.p.A in the framework of the European Project AITEB-2. The experimental investigation has been performed for the baseline configuration, with a smooth solid endwall installed, and for the cooled configuration with a micro-holed endwall providing micro-jets ejection from the wall. Two different cooling flow rates were investigated and the experimental results are reported in the paper. Different measurement techniques have been employed to analyze the secondary flow field along the channel and in a downstream tangential plane. Particle Image Velocimetry has been utilized to quantify the blade-to-blade velocity components in a plane located close to the endwall and in the midspan plane. Hot-wire measurements have been performed in a tangential plane downstream of the blade trailing edges in order to survey the micro-jets effects on the secondary flows behavior. The total pressure distributions, for the different blowing conditions, have been measured in the downstream tangential plane by means of a Kiel pneumatic probe. The results, represented in color plots of velocity, pressure loss coefficient and turbulent kinetic energy distributions, allow the identification of the endwall effusion cooling effects on location and strength of the secondary vortical structures. The thermal investigation of the effusion system is discussed in Part 2 of the paper.

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