Potential Applications of Structural Ceramic Composites in Gas Turbines

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W. P. Parks, R. R. Ramey

Babcock & Wilcox Co., Lynchburg, VA 24506

D. C. Rawlins, J. R. Price, M. Van Roode

Solar Turbines Inc., San Diego, CA 92138

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 113(4), 628-634 (Oct 01, 1991) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2906287 History: Received January 30, 1990; Online April 24, 2008


A Babcock and Wilcox-Solar Turbines Team has completed a program to assess the potential for structural ceramic composites in turbines for direct coal-fired or coal gasification environments. A review is made of the existing processes in direct coal firing, pressurized fluid bed combustors, and coal gasification combined cycle systems. Material requirements in these areas were also discussed. The program examined state-of-the-art ceramic composite materials. Utilization of ceramic composites in the turbine rotor blades and nozzle vanes would provide the most benefit. A research program designed to introduce ceramic composite components to these turbines was recommended.

Copyright © 1991 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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