Ceramic Turbine Housings PUBLIC ACCESS

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A. F. McLean

Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI

Paper No. 82-GT-293, pp. V005T12A011; 10 pages
  • ASME 1982 International Gas Turbine Conference and Exhibit
  • Volume 5: Manufacturing Materials and Metallurgy; Ceramics; Structures and Dynamics; Controls, Diagnostics and Instrumentation; Education; Process Industries; Technology Resources; General
  • London, England, April 18–22, 1982
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7960-3
  • Copyright © 1982 by ASME


Ford’s research and development of ceramic flowpath components for uncooled, 1370°C (2500°F), vehicular turbine engines has become well known over the past decade. This paper, for the first time, describes parallel and associated developments to apply ceramics to engine inner housings. Design concepts are reviewed and compared to conventional sheet metal or cast iron structures to provide internal hot gas transition ducts. Candidate ceramic material properties are compared, leading to selection and development of lithium-aluminum-silicate. Forming processes such as slip casting and glass forming are reviewed along with problems experienced with such a relatively large ceramic component. Evaluation methods are presented and salient engine and rig testing is reviewed to establish the potential for ceramic turbine housings.

Copyright © 1982 by ASME
Topics: Ceramics , Turbines
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