Additive Topology Optimized Manufacturing with Embedded Sensing


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United Technologies Research Center
Website:  United Technologies Corporation
Award Number:  FE0012299
Project Duration:  10/01/2013 – 03/30/2017
Total Award Value:  $1,482,700
DOE Share:  $1,186,160
Performer Share:  $296,540
Technology Area:  Plant Optimization Technologies
Key Technology:  Sensors & Controls
Location:  Connecticut

Project Description

United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) will seamlessly embed a suite of sensors into the industrial gas turbine airfoil, thereby demonstrating additive manufacturing as a relevant process (when guided by physics-based models) for next generation gas turbines. The resulting "smart part" will: maintain its structural integrity, be remotely powered and sensed, and provide real-time diagnostics when coupled to a Health-Utilization-Monitoring System (HUMS).

Project Benefits

This project will demonstrate how additive manufacturing may be used to create a "Smart Part" capable of improving turbine reliability, reducing maintenance downtime, and increasing fossil fuel utilization. The expected overall impact of this technology is energy savings, reduced maintenance costs, and increased reliability of industrial natural gas turbines.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Richard Dunst:
Technology Manager 
Briggs White:
Principal Investigator 
Joseph Mantese:

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