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Ultra high temperature materials for turbines (ULTMAT)

Objective

The ULTMAT project aims at providing sound technological basis for the introduction of innovative materials, namely Mo- and Nb-base silicide multiphase alloys, which will allow a 100-150°C increase in airfoil material operating temperature in air-/rotorcraft engines and in aero derivative land-based gas turbines over those possible with Ni-base single-crystal super alloys. The increased temperature capability will allow reduction of specific fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and cooling air requirement, which will lead to a further increase in efficiency and reduction in component weight. The project aims at securing European competitiveness in future high efficiency-low emission turbines and at guaranteeing European access to performance-enabling materials technology.

The objectives are to:
- define new alloy compositions and processing routes, using powder or ingot technologies, which enable manufacturing route to be identified for components which show an acceptable compromise between lowland high temperature mechanical properties and oxidation resistance;
- design oxidation resistant coating systems;
- identify the critical materials properties, processing requirements, and factors, such as cost, that would hinder the material's industrialisation;
- assess the implementation of the materials in turbines (machining, joining);
- carry out a technical-economical assessment for introduction of these materials in high performance turbines and implications on future component and/or turbine design. The project focuses initially on finding potential alloys and processing routes; in a second phase the most promising alloy systems (one Mo-base and one Nb-base, with their processing route) will be scaled-up for intense testing and dummy parts manufacturing. ULTMAT will be carried out by a 12-member consortium, from 5 member states and 1 candidate country, grouping major European turbine manufacturers and end-users, research centres and universities.'

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-AERO-1
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Coordinator

OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
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Av De La Division Leclerc, 29
BP72 Chatillon
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Participants (12)

OTTO VON GUERICKE UNIVERSITAET MAGDEBURG
Germany
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Universitaetsplatz 2
Magdeburg

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PLANSEE AG
Austria
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Breitenwang, Muehl
Reutte

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UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
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Edgbaston
Birmingham

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TURBOMECA SA
France
Address
Avenue Du President Szydlowski
Bordes

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SNECMA SA
France
Address
2 Bd Du General Martial-valin
Paris

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WALTER ENGINES A.S.
Czechia
Address
Jinonicka 329
Praha 5

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ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE
France
Address
22-30 Avenue De Wagram
Paris

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ROLLS ROYCE PLC
United Kingdom
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Buckingham Gate 65
London

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AVIO S.P.A.
Italy
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Via 1 Maggio 99
Rivalta Di Torino

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THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
Address
Firth Court, Western Bank
Sheffield

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UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
United Kingdom
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Stag Hill
Guildford

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UNIVERSITE HENRI POINCARE NANCY 1
France
Address
Rue Lionnois 24-30
Nancy

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