Ceramic Gas Turbine Technology Development PUBLIC ACCESS

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Michael L. Easley, Bjoern Schenk, Hongda Cai

AlliedSignal Aerospace Company, Phoenix, AZ

Paper No. 98-GT-553, pp. V003T06A052; 9 pages
  • ASME 1998 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exhibition
  • Volume 3: Coal, Biomass and Alternative Fuels; Combustion and Fuels; Oil and Gas Applications; Cycle Innovations
  • Stockholm, Sweden, June 2–5, 1998
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7864-4
  • Copyright © 1998 by ASME


AlliedSignal Engines is addressing critical concerns slowing commercialization of structural ceramics in gas turbines. The AlliedSignal 331-200[CT] APU test bed features ceramic first-stage nozzles and blades. Fabrication of ceramic components provides manufacturing process demonstration scale-up to minimum levels for commercial viability. Endurance tests and field testing in commercial aircraft will demonstrate component reliability.

Manufacturing scale-up activities showed significant progress in 1997. Subcontractors AlliedSignal Ceramic Components (CC, Torrance, CA) and Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corporation (KICC, Vancouver, WA), transitioned process refinements to demonstration. CC initiated trial production of 100 nozzles/month. These suppliers are also developing fixed processes to fabricate ceramic integrally-bladed turbine rotors (“blisks”).

Ceramic design technology advanced with carbon particle impact testing supporting impact model verification, and 300 hours successful engine testing of longer-life inserted blade attachment compliant layers. Ceramic turbine nozzles were readied for planned field demonstrations with 473 hours of engine testing.

This work was funded as part of the Turbine Engine Technologies Program by the DoE Office of Transportation Technologies under Contract No. DE-AC02-96EE50454.

Copyright © 1998 by ASME
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