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High-pressure turbine blades and vanes must be cooled to be able to withstand the high turbine inlet temperatures. The cooling air required is taken from the compressor, i.e. this air volume is no longer available for combustion and thrust generation. This calls for an efficient use of the cooling air. In new engine designs, therefore, shaped holes are provided in addition to the cylindrical cooling air holes. Their thermo-dynamically optimized flared geometry increases the cooling effectiveness with the air volume remaining the same.