Ultra-High Temperature Thermal Barrier Coatings

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-12ER86508
Agency Tracking Number: 99045
Amount: $149,987.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: 19 d
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000577
Small Business Information
419 Wakara Way Ste 207, Salt Lake City, UT, 84108-3506
DUNS: 828133939
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Maurice Gell
 Prof.
 (860) 486-3514
 mgell@mail.ims.uconn.edu
Business Contact
 Balakrishnan Nair
Title: Dr.
Phone: (801) 897-1221
Email: bnair@hifundallc.com
Research Institution
 University of Connecticut
 97 North Eagleville Road
Storrs, CT, 06269-3136
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 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The US Department of Energy has a stated goal to increase the energy efficiency of turbines, and one well recognized method of achieving this is through the use of ceramic thermal barrier coatings (TBCs). However, state of the art zirconia-based TBCs have a temperature limit of about 1200oC, and new TBC materials that can operate at elevated temperatures of 1300oC and above are needed to continue to push turbine operating temperatures further up and achieve the associated energy efficiency gains. HiFunda LLC and the University of Connecticut will team to demonstrate an advanced thermal barrier coating (TBC), consisting of a new top coat chemistry of yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG), that has lower thermal conductivity, higher use temperature, greater erosion resistance, and improved sintering resistance compared with the widely used yttria partially stabilized zirconia (YSZ) top coats. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: The novel thermal barrier coatings developed through this program can be an enabling technology for highly efficient next generation gas turbines. Partnering with leading US gas turbine equipment manufacturers, the proposed technology can be accelerated into the market with the result of reducing energy costs, helping to maintain the US leadership position in the global gas turbine market, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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