High Strength Diffusion Braze Repair for Gas Turbine Components PUBLIC ACCESS

[+] Author Affiliations
Roger D. Wustman, Jeffrey S. Smith

Howmet - Operhall Research Center, Whitehall, MI

Leonard M. Hampson

Howmet - Tulsa Refurbishment Center, Tulsa, OK

Marc E. Suneson

Howmet - Wichita Falls Refurbishment Center, Wichita Falls, TX

Paper No. 96-GT-427, pp. V005T12A006; 9 pages
  • ASME 1996 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exhibition
  • Volume 5: Manufacturing Materials and Metallurgy; Ceramics; Structures and Dynamics; Controls, Diagnostics and Instrumentation; Education; General
  • Birmingham, UK, June 10–13, 1996
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7876-7
  • Copyright © 1996 by ASME


The goal of all repair processes is to return the hardware to a serviceable condition. Diffusion braze repairs utilize metallurgical processes to achieve economical repairs of expensive gas turbine components, especially in the turbine section. Component repairs often require dimensional restoration and crack repair on the same part. To achieve this goal, a new diffusion braze repair alloy was developed that combines high strength crack repair and dimensional build up into one material. This new material has mechanical property strength approaching that of the base metal. The improved mechanical properties result from a homogenous gamma prime strengthened diffusion braze zone.

As part of an FAA approved test plan, the Howmet ESR (Effective Structural Repair) diffusion braze material was evaluated by tensile and stress rupture testing at elevated temperature. The test results showed high tensile strengths and long stress rupture life. In addition, the effect of the diffusion braze thermal cycle was evaluated on the base metal. A comparison was made between the gamma prime size and shape of engine run JT8D LPT vane clusters before and after the thermal cycle. The thermal cycle was shown to have a beneficial effect on the gamma prime size and shape relative to overaged engine run nozzles. The low cycle fatigue (LCF) life of MarM247 was also shown to improve with the ESR thermal cycle relative to a typical LPT nozzle heat treatment.

Copyright © 1996 by ASME
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