HIPed Silicon Nitride Components for AGATA — A European Gas Turbine for Hybrid Vehicles PUBLIC ACCESS

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Robert Lundberg

Volvo Aero Corporation, Trollhāttan, Sweden

Paper No. 97-GT-322, pp. V004T13A012; 5 pages
  • ASME 1997 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exhibition
  • Volume 4: Manufacturing Materials and Metallurgy; Ceramics; Structures and Dynamics; Controls, Diagnostics and Instrumentation; Education; IGTI Scholar Award
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, June 2–5, 1997
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7871-2
  • Copyright © 1997 by ASME


The European EUREKA project, EU 209, otherwise known as AGATA (Advanced Gas Turbine for Automobiles), is a programme dedicated to the development of three critical ceramic components — a catalytic combustor, a radial turbine wheel and a static heat exchanger — for a 60 kW turbogenerator in an hybrid electric vehicle. These three components, which are of critical importance to the achievement of low emissions and high efficiency, have been designed and developed and will be manufactured and tested as part of a full scale feasibility study. AGATA is a joint project conducted by eight commercial companies and four research institutes in France and Sweden. Silicon nitride ceramics play an important role both in the development of the catalytic combustor and for the radial turbine wheel. This paper outlines the main results of the AGATA project with special emphasis to the development of HIPed Si3N4 combustor and turbine wheel. AC Cerama has developed a HIPed Si3N4 material designated CSN 101. This material has been selected for the catalytic combustor afterburner as well as for the radial turbine wheel. Mechanical properties of the CSN 101 Si3N4 have been found to be at the level of the best available high temperature Si3N4 materials. A new glass encapsulation technique using an interlayer between the glass and the silicon nitride has been shown to give material with excellent strength and creep resistance with as-HIPed surface finish.

Copyright © 1997 by ASME
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