Advanced Cooling for IGCC Turbine Blades

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER85588
Agency Tracking Number: 90997
Amount: $999,895.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: 30 c
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000350
Small Business Information
1180 Seminole Trail, Suite 220, Charlottesville, VA, 22901
DUNS: 542011896
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Appleby
 (434) 244-6480
Business Contact
 James Atkinson
Title: Dr.
Phone: (434) 244-6480
Research Institution
Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power plants are an attractive alternative to current coal fired technologies. Industrial Gas Turbines (IGT) engine manufacturers seek to produce engines capable of operating at higher temperatures by using closed loop steam cooling in place of compressor discharge air to raise inlet firing temperatures from approximately 1260oC to around 1427oC. This will enable higher combustion efficiency, improved fuel efficiency, and lower emissions. Turbine blade and vane survivability at higher operating temperatures is the key to improving engine performance. Innovative cooling approaches are a critical enabling technology to meet this need. This proposal addresses two important aspects of the problem. First is the need to increase ceramic core manufacturing process capability (quality and reliability) to enable advanced cooling features to be incorporated in future turbines. Second is the need to rapidly and economically produce new turbine blades whereby advanced designs can be empirically tested and optimized. Mikro Systems proposes to apply its patented Tomo Lithographic Molding process (TOMO

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