High-Performance Thermal Barrier Coatings


Thermal Barrier Coatings Development
Thermal Barrier Coatings Development
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Website:  Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Award Number:  FWP-FEAA122
Project Duration:  10/01/2014 – 09/30/2018
Total Award Value:  $2,000,000
DOE Share:  $2,000,000
Performer Share:  $0
Technology Area:  Advanced Turbines
Key Technology:  Advanced Combustion Turbines
Location:  Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Project Description

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), with support from Stony Brook University, will develop and evaluate approaches for improved alloys and coatings to provide the basis for more robust thermal barrier coating (TBC) materials systems needed for higher-efficiency land-based gas turbines, especially those fired with coal-derived syngas and hydrogen-enriched fuels. The project focuses on the high-temperature performance and advanced characterization of relevant metallic bond coatings and conventional and state-of-the-art multifunctional ceramic top coatings for TBC systems. This project benefited from work conducted under the prior DOE contract FWP-FEAA070.

Project Benefits

The ORNL research is aimed at the deployment of the optimal technology (i.e., a more durable TBC with potentially higher surface temperatures and/or longer component lifetime) available through multilayer coating design (both metallic bond coating and ceramic top coating). It includes advanced fabrication, characterizing and testing specimens of increasing complexity (to better replicate application conditions and enable more sophisticated evaluations, e.g., in burner rig testing) and engagement of industrial partners to further evaluate the TBC systems showing the greatest promise on the basis of the laboratory work.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Patcharin Burke: patcharin.burke@netl.doe.gov
Technology Manager 
Richard Dennis: richard.dennis@netl.doe.gov
Principal Investigator 
Bruce Pint: pintba@ornl.gov

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