An experimental and numerical study is conducted to investigate turbulent slot jet impingement cooling characteristics on concave plates with varying surface curvature. Air is used as the impingement coolant. In the experimental work, a slot nozzle specially designed with a sixth degree polynomial in order to provide a uniform exit velocity profile was used. The experiments were carried out for the jet Reynolds numbers in the range of 3423 <= Re <= 9485, the dimensionless nozzle-to-surface distance range of 1 <= H/W <= 14 for dimensionless values of the curvature of impinging surfaces in the range of R/L = 0.5, 0.725, and 1.3 and a flat impingement surface. Constant heat flux was applied on the plates. Numerical computations were performed using the k-epsilon turbulence model with enhanced wall functions. For the ranges of the governing parameters studied, the stagnation, and local and average Nusselt numbers have been obtained both experimentally and numerically. The numerical results showed a reasonable agreement with the experimental data. (c) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.