Durable Solution for Compressor Airfoil Leading Edges in Gas Turbine Engines

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-14-C-0099
Agency Tracking Number: N121-039-0155
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N121-039
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
4401 Dayton-Xenia Road, Dayton, OH, 45432-
DUNS: 074689217
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Rabi Bhattacharya
 Director, Surface Enginee
 (937) 426-6900
 rbhattacharya@ues.com
Business Contact
 Rick Weddle
Title: Director, Contracts
Phone: (937) 426-6900
Email: rweddle@ues.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Particle impacts cause erosion of leading edges of the compressor airfoils as well as the side or surface of the airfoil beyond the leading edge. Although erosion resistant coatings have been developed and applied on the airfoils during the past decade or two and that have protected the side or surface of the airfoil quite satisfactorily, the erosion of the leading edge (LE) is still a serious issue. The objective of this project is to develop an advanced, robust solution that improves the durability of the LEs of a compressor's airfoils while incurring minimal to no impact on the original performance of the airfoils. In Phase I, UES has demonstrated the feasibility of building up an impact resistant leading edge with higher yield strength and harder material than the substrate airfoil. In Phase II, UES and the team will optimize the process and assess the performance of the LE-modified airfoils using a series of standard verification tests in a field-representative environment.

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