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During aircraft operation, gas turbine engines are continuously exposed to erosive media that damage engine components. Nanostructured coatings applied to compressor airfoil surfaces can significantly reduce material loss, leading to improved engine performance and fuel efficiency. Researchers at MCT have designed an erosion-resistant nanocoating material and application process, which significantly reduces erosion of compressor airfoils. MCT teamed with scientists and engineers at NETL and Delta Air Lines to perform critical tests required for FAA certification needed to deploy the protective coating on commercial aircraft. The FAA-approved nanocoating has the potential to save the U.S. commercial aviation industry up to 100 million gallons of fuel annually and realize cost savings greater than $300 million per year at today's jet fuel prices.
Arc Position Sensing
Vacuum arc remelting (VAR) is the primary method for melting and refining specialty metals for aerospace and other advanced applications. Defects in the ingots from VARs can cause catastrophic failure in their end use. Flaws are often caused by solidification problems due to operational characteristics, such as constricting of arcs during melting. Previously, these conditions could not be identified during furnace operations, requiring ingot manufacturers to perform extensive testing on all ingots. NETL's Arc Position Sensing (APS) technology allows operators to digitally monitor arc location during melting, identifying deleterious operating conditions quickly and avoiding known conditions that may lead to defects. Viewing electric arcs with the APS reduces defects and provides quality control critical for safety; it could also lead to the production of materials with stronger chemical and mechanical homogeneity, increasing yield in the specialty metals and alloys used in critical industries, such as the airline industry.
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National Association of Government Communicator Awards
- The United States 2012 Carbon Utilization and Storage Atlas (4th Edition)
NACE International, The Corrosion Society
2013 Technical Achievement Award – Malgorzata Ziomek-Moroz