Project: Metrology to enable high temperature erosion testing

Erosion issues are recurrent problems for gas turbines operating in desert environments. Erosion and wear can dramatically reduce the efficiency and lifetime of high value components, which currently costs the power industry an estimated 200 million € each year in lost performance, forced outages and repairs. Efficiency improvements of up to 10 % could be made by developing new materials with improved resistance to high temperature particulate erosion. However, few facilities exist to measure this erosion around the world and those that do are limited in terms of particle speed and temperature. This project will build a system to perform tests at temperatures up to 900 °C and particle speeds up to 300 metres per second. The tests will also use fully characterised particles in terms of their size, shape and distribution, to give greater control and precision. This will support the development of new materials with improved resistance to erosion, leading to improvements in the aerospace, energy, mining and oil and gas industries.

Acronym IND61 METROSION (Reference Number: IND61)
Duration 01/06/2013 - 31/05/2016
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
(after finalisation)
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Network EMRP
Call EMRP Call 2012 - Industry, SI Broader Scope and Open Excellence

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 NPL Management Limited Coordinator United Kingdom
2 Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung Partner Germany
3 Cesky Metrologicky Institut Partner Czech Republic
4 Danmarks Tekniske Universitet Partner Denmark
5 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Partner Germany
6 Cranfield University United Kingdom
7 Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico – RSE S.p.A. Italy