The scope of this Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program Phase III project includes the design, analysis, fabrication, assembly, installation, and testing of prototype spar-shell turbine airfoils and associated hardware, culminating in the validation of performance and functionality in a commercial gas turbine.
This project will demonstrate spar-shell airfoil technology to improve options for IGCC airfoil design. Turbine aerodynamics and heat transfer research will develop advanced cooling technology that will allow for higher firing temperatures which translate into increased cycle efficiency. Specifically, this project will analyze, fabricate, assemble, install, and test prototype airfoils to validate performance in a commercial turbine application.
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