Advanced Thermal Barrier Coating Materials
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DOD / NAVY
Military and commercial gas turbine engines used in aircraft, in ships, and for utility power generation require more durable and more reliable hot-section components to achieve their "design" service life. Less durable parts lead to increases in unscheduled (and costly) outages, inspections, repairs, and major overhauls. For aircraft applications, these inspections, repairs and overhauls result in a significant reduction in operational readiness and have a negative impact on flight safety. Advanced thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) with lower thermal conductivities are needed to improve the performance and durability of hot-section components in gas-fired turbine engines. For this STTR project, Thor Technologies has teamed with Southwest Research Institute to leverage the results of recent and on-going material development programs. Novel chemical precursors will be combined with innovative processing methods to produce low thermal conductivity thermal barrier coatings.
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Research Institution Information:
THOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
2415 Princeton Dr. NE, Suite B Albuquerque, NM 87107
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Southwest Research Institute
PO Drawer 28510
San Antonio, TX 78228
N. S. Cheruvu
Domestic nonprofit research organization