Ceramic Technology Requirements for 1425°C (2600°F) Uncooled Power Generation Application

  • D. W. Richerson
  • J. M. Wimmer
  • S. M. Wander
Part of the Army Materials Technology Conference Series book series (volume 1)


The limited supply and high cost of oil used by the utility industry have resulted in the realization that an alternative fuel must be developed that would be both economically and environmentally acceptable. Since coal is the most readily available fuel-with the highest reserves in the United States, recent emphasis has been on a return to coal-fired steam power plants. However, net-system thermal efficiencies of these plants, including the cost of pollution control systems, are only about 33 percent1. In contrast, the combined cycle utility gas/steam turbine systems burning oil have reached thermal efficiencies of 43 percent. Uncooled components in gas turbine systems operating at 1425°C (2600°F) have projected efficiencies of over 50 percent.


Ceramic Technology Ceramic Component Compressive Rotor Turbine Inlet Temperature Compliant Layer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. W. Richerson
    • 1
  • J. M. Wimmer
    • 1
  • S. M. Wander
    • 2
  1. 1.A Division of The Garrett CorporationAiResearch Manufacturing Company of ArizonaPhoenixUSA
  2. 2.Department of EnergyDOE Division of Power SystemsGermantownUSA

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