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A Probabilistic Framework for Gas Turbine Engine Materials With Multiple Types of Anomalies

[+] Author Affiliations
Michael P. Enright, R. Craig McClung

Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX

Paper No. GT2010-23618, pp. 683-693; 11 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2010: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 6: Structures and Dynamics, Parts A and B
  • Glasgow, UK, June 14–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4401-4 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3872-3
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Some rotor-grade gas turbine engine materials may contain multiple types of anomalies such as voids and inclusions that can be introduced during the manufacturing process. The number and size of anomalies can be very different for the various anomaly types, each of which may lead to premature fracture. The probability of failure of a component with multiple anomaly types can be predicted using established system reliability methods provided that the failure probabilities associated with individual anomaly types are known. Unfortunately, these failure probabilities are often difficult to obtain in practice. In this paper, an approach is presented that provides treatment for engine materials with multiple anomalies of multiple types. It is based on previous work that has extended to address the overlap among anomaly type failure modes using the method of Kaplan-Meier, and is illustrated for risk prediction of a nickel-based superalloy. The results can be used to predict the risk of general materials with multiple types of anomalies.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME
Topics: Gas turbines



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