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Ultra high temperature materials for turbines (ULTMAT)

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.'

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OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES

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Av De La Division Leclerc, 29
Bp72 Chatillon

France

Administrative Contact

Stefan DRAWIN (Dr)

Participants (12)

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OTTO VON GUERICKE UNIVERSITAET MAGDEBURG

Germany

PLANSEE AG

Austria

UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom

TURBOMECA SA

France

SNECMA SA

France

WALTER ENGINES A.S.

Czechia

ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE

France

ROLLS ROYCE PLC

United Kingdom

AVIO S.P.A.

Italy

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF SURREY

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITE HENRI POINCARE NANCY 1

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 502977

  • Start date

    1 January 2004

  • End date

    30 June 2008

Funded under:

FP6-AEROSPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 871 012

  • EU contribution

    € 3 060 400

Coordinated by:

OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES

France