In modern gas turbines, the blade leading edge region is one area that experiences high heat transfer due to the stagnation flow. Many cooling techniques have been applied to blades, so they can withstand these high heat loads; one of the common methods in cooling turbine blades is to apply film cooling. In the present study, numerical simulations were performed to predict the film cooling effectiveness and heat transfer coefficient on the leading edge of a rotating blade in a 1-1/2 turbine stage using a Reynolds stress turbulence model together with a non-equilibrium wall function. In addition, the unsteady characteristics of the film cooling and heat transfer at different time phases during a passing period were also investigated. Copyright © 2004 by ASME.