Research and Development of Ceramic Turbine Wheels

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K. Watanabe, M. Masuda, T. Ozawa, M. Matsui

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Nagoya, Japan

K. Matsuhiro

NGK EUROPE GmbH, Eschborn, Germany

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 115(1), 36-41 (Jan 01, 1993) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2906683 History: Received February 24, 1992; Online April 24, 2008


The bending strength of specimens of various sizes, some of which were cut from a turbine wheel, was compared with predictions using Weibull statistical theory. The stress distribution of a ceramic turbine wheel in spin testing was determined with finite elements and the results were used to analyze a wheel that was spun until it burst. The cause of the burst of the ceramic radial turbine wheel at elevated temperature is discussed and based on the tensile rupture data. A design methodology using the Larson-Miller parameter was found to be applicable to the ceramic components at elevated temperatures.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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