Investigation of Fatigue Failures of Titanium Alloy Blades Used in Compressor Modules of Aeroderivative Industrial Gas Turbines
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Gas turbine axial compressor blades are designed to withstand cyclic stress loading resulting of modal vibrations. However, when surface suffers from foreign object damage, a fatigue crack is likely to initiate. In this paper two failure case-studies of titanium alloy used for aeroderivative gas turbine compressor blades are presented. Both are related to a failure of first stage compressor blades coming from different turbine power ranges. Observed cracks were found at blade spans corresponding to modal vibrations.
KeywordsTi6Al4V Titanium alloys Gas turbine Axial compressor blades Failure
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