Gas turbine engines utilized in electric power production and aircraft propulsion must operate at higher temperatures for enhanced efficiency and lower emission. Development of a thermal barrier coating (TBC) technology with unique architectural design will enable the operation of turbine engines at higher operating temperature. UES Inc. will develop novel TBC coating architectures having very high thermal insulation for higher surface temperature application without compromising strain tolerance and bond coat stability.
Materials research conducted in this work will improve coating materials and allow for higher temperature operation and increased durability. These improvements will improve turbine efficiency and reduce maintenance, leading to lower capital costs, reduced operating costs, and reduced costs of electricity for consumers.
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