Effectiveness of film cooling technique to reduce convective heating rates for a large angle blunt cone flying at hypersonic Mach number and its effect on the aerodynamic characteristics is investigated experimentally by measuring surface heat-transfer rates and aerodynamic drag coefficient simultaneously. The test model is a 60° apex-angle blunt cone with an internally mounted accelerometer balance system for measuring aerodynamic drag and an array of surface mounted platinum thin film gauges for measuring heat-transfer rates. The coolant gas (air, carbon dioxide, and/or helium) is injected into the hypersonic flow at the nose of the test model. The experiments are performed at a flow free stream Mach number of 5.75 and 0° angle of attack for stagnation enthalpies of 1.16MJ∕kg and 1.6MJ∕kg with and without gas injection. About 30%–45% overall reduction in heat-transfer rates is observed with helium as coolant gas except at stagnation regions. With all other coolants, the reduction in surface heat-transfer rate is between 10%–25%. The aerodynamic drag coefficient is found to increase by 12% with helium injection whereas with other gases this increase is about 27%.

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