Oxidation Behavior of Ceramics for Gas Turbines in Combustion Gas Flow at 1500°C PUBLIC ACCESS

[+] Author Affiliations
Y. Etori, T. Hisamatsu, I. Yuri

Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, Yokosuka, Japan

Y. Yasutomi, K. Wada

Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi, Japan

T. Machida

Hitachi, Ltd., Tsuchiura, Japan

Paper No. 97-GT-355, pp. V004T13A015; 6 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


In order to evaluate the durability of silicon-carbides (SiC) and silicon-nitrides (Si3N4), we studied the oxidation behavior of SiC and Si3N4 in 1500°C combustion gas flow. We found that the exposure to the combustion gas flow resulted in the weight losses of those ceramics due to the partial disappearance of the oxidized surface layer.

We investigated the effects of sintering aids and high speed gas flow as possible factors for the disappearance of the oxide layer. Two kinds of SiC, without sintering aids and sintered with B4C, were used as test specimens. After the exposure to combustion gas flow conditions of 1500°C, 150m/s, 0.18MPa, the weight loss rate and thickness of the oxide layer were quite the same for each specimen of SiC. The existence of sintering aids did not have any effect on the disappearance of the oxide layer. To investigate the effect of gas flow, we set each specimen in a tube made of SiC to protect it from the gas flow. The tube had two holes each acting both as inlet and exhaust vents. Consequently, the oxide layer formed thickly. But at the spots on the specimen facing the holes, the oxide layer was thin. Hollows occurred on the specimen of SiC at these spots. It seems that the existence of gas flow is a very important factor in the disappearance of the oxide layer.

Alumina (Al2O3) and zirconia (ZrO2) as oxide ceramics were exposed to the combustion gas flow. The weight of these also decreased. There is a possibility that the weight loss of ceramics in combustion gas flow is caused by degradation of oxide layer on their surface from erosion and hot corrosion due to some oxide scales coming from the test equipment.

Copyright © 1997 by ASME
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