USA flag logo/image

An Official Website of the United States Government

High Temperature Unique Low Thermal Conductivity Thermal Barrier Coating (TBC)…

Award Information

Department of Energy
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
27 c
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
UES, Inc.
4401 Dayton-Xenia Road Dayton, OH -
View profile »
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: High Temperature Unique Low Thermal Conductivity Thermal Barrier Coating (TBC) Architectures
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-10ER86471
Award Amount: $749,992.00


Higher operating temperature for the gas turbine engine is needed for enhanced efficiency, lower emission and increased performance goal. The current state-of-the-art thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) are not adequate to provide the needed protection for the metallic components of the turbine engine operating at higher TBC surface temperature ( & gt;1300C) with increased reliability. Thus there is a need to develop advanced TBC coatings having better thermal stability, long thermal cycle life, very low thermal conductivity, improved mechanical performance, good strain tolerance, and increased erosion resistance. For advanced TBC systems, we propose to develop innovative coating architectures having the capability to provide the required attributes, such as higher TBC surface temperature, high temperature phase stability, and lower thermal conductivity without sacrificing strain tolerance or reliability. The developed coating architectures will be evaluated in terms of microstructure, thermal conductivity, thermal cycle life time, and erosion resistance. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: The TBC architectures developed in this program will be applicable to turbine engines utilized in electric power production, propelling aircraft, pumping fluids etc. Successful completion of the project will enable gas turbine engine to operate at elevated temperatures with higher efficiency (lower cost), lower emission (less environmental pollution) and increased reliability and performance contributing to advanced power plants such as Power Systems Development Facility, etc and aircraft propulsion.

Principal Investigator:

Amarendra K. Rai

Business Contact:

Dee Dee Donley
Small Business Information at Submission:

Ues, Inc.
4401 Dayton-Xenia Road Dayton, OH -

EIN/Tax ID: 310797776
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Pennsylvania State University
P.O. Box 30
State College, PA 16804-0030