RESEARCH PAPERS: Gas Turbines: Ceramics

Trends in the Design and Analysis of Components Fabricated From CFCCs

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S. F. Duffy, J. L. Palko

Civil Engineering Department, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH 44115

J. B. Sandifer, C. L. DeBellis, M. J. Edwards

Babcock & Wilcox, Research and Development Division, Alliance, OH 44601

D. L. Hindman

Babcock & Wilcox, Lynchburg Research Center, Lynchburg, VA 24506

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 119(1), 1-6 (Jan 01, 1997) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2815548 History: Received March 16, 1995; Online November 19, 2007


Continuous fiber ceramic composite materials (CFCCs) are being considered for an increasing number of commercial applications. They provide the potential for lighter, stronger, more corrosion-resistant components that can perform at higher temperature for long periods of time. Global competitiveness demands a shortening of the time for CFCC commercialization. Thus, considerable efforts has been expended to develop and improve the materials, and to a lesser extent, to develop component design methods and data bases of engineering properties. To shorten the time to commercialization, project efforts must be integrated, while balancing project resources between material development and engineering design. Currently a good balance does not exist for most materials development projects. To rectify this imbalance, improvements in engineering design and development technologies must be supported and accelerated, with a focus on component issues. This will require project managers to give increasing emphasis to component design needs in addition to their current focus on material development.

Copyright © 1997 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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