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Evaluating Environmental Barrier Coatings on Ceramic Matrix Composites After Engine and Laboratory Exposures

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Karren L. More, Peter L. Tortorelli, Larry R. Walker

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN

Josh B. Kimmel, Narendernath Miriyala, Jeffrey R. Price

Solar Turbines, Inc., San Diego, CA

Harry E. Eaton, Ellen Y. Sun, Gary D. Linsey

United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford, CT

Paper No. GT2002-30630, pp. 155-162; 8 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2002: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 4: Turbo Expo 2002, Parts A and B
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 3–6, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3609-6 | eISBN: 0-7918-3601-0
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


SiC/SiC continuous fiber-reinforced ceramic matrix composite (CFCC) combustor liners having protective environmental barrier coatings (EBCs) applied to the liner working surfaces have been field-tested in a Solar Turbines’ Centaur 50S SoLoNOx engine at the Chevron, Bakersfield, CA engine test site. This latest engine test ran for a total of 13,937h. The EBCs significantly increased the lifetime of the in-service liners compared with uncoated CFCC liners used in previous field-tests. The engine test was concluded when a routine borescope inspection revealed the formation of a small hole in the inner liner. Extensive microstructural evaluation of both the inner and outer liners was conducted after removal from the engine. Post-test analysis indicated that numerous degradation mechanisms contributed to the EBC and CFCC damage observed on the liners, including EBC volatilization, sub-surface CFCC oxidation and recession, and processing defects which resulted in localized EBC spallation and accelerated CFCC oxidation. The characterization results obtained from these field-tested liners have been compared with the analyses of similarly-processed CFCC/EBCs that were laboratory-tested in a high-pressure, high temperature exposure facility (the ORNL “Keiser Rig”) for >6000h.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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