| Project of the Month - February 2013

THEBARCODE – Development of multifunctional Thermal Barrier Coatings

The project "Development of multifunctional Thermal Barrier Coatings and modelling tools for high temperature power generation with improved efficiency" aims to considerably advance the efficiency of power generation in gas turbine processes by the development of improved thermal barrier coated parts or components of significantly improved performance as well as software products providing optimised process parameters.

Project overview

Start date: 2013-01-01

End date: 2015-12-31

Project Acronym: THEBARCODE

Full name: Development of multifunctional Thermal Barrier Coatings and modelling tools for high temperature power generation with improved efficiency

Project website: http://www.ebetam.gr/?research_4&project=89&lang=en

Project objectives

This project is focused to advance considerably the efficiency of power generation in gas turbine processes by the development of improved thermal barrier coated parts or components of significantly improved performance as well as software products providing optimised process parameters.

The proposed project addresses the following scientific and technological issues:

  • New TBC formulations with long-term stability, more resistant under extremely severe operating conditions (e.g. creep, fatigue, thermal-mechanical fatigue, oxidation and their interactions, at high service temperatures) thus the maximum application temperature will be higher (e.g.1450-1500oC) and so performance during energy generation.
  • Flexible and cost effective production systems based mainly on thermal spray (SPS/SPPS, APS, HVOF) but also EB-PVD in order to realize patterned functional TBCs with improved properties.
  • Application of structural analysis and fluid simulation software, including radiation, combustion, heat transfer, fluid-structure interactions and conjugate heat transfer models for the development of detailed models for the operational performance and prediction of spallation phenomena and failure.
  • Environmentally friendly process using chemical formulations free of hazardous and toxic solvents.

The aim of this project is the development of materials, methods and models suitable to fabricate, monitor, evaluate and predict the performance and overall energy efficiency of novel thermal barrier coatings for energy generative systems. By the radical improvement of the performance (working temperature, lifetime etc) of materials in service, by the application of novel thermal barrier coatings, structural design and computational fluid simulations a significant improvement in energy efficiency and cost effectiveness will be achieved.

Project Partners

Coordinator:

  • The Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Chalkida, Greece

Participants:

  • Technische Universität Clausthal, Germany
  • State Scientific Institution "Powder Metallurgy Institute" (PMI), Belarus
  • Numerical Mechanics Applications International SA, Belgium
  • Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Biberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  • Open Source Management Ltd, UK
  • Materials Engineering Research Laboratory (MERL) Ltd, UK
  • Anonymi Etairea Viomichanikis Erevnas Technologikis Anaptyxis Kai Ergastriakon Dokimon Pistopiisis Kai Piotttas, Greece
  • Aviadvigatel OAO, Russia
  •  Institute for Physical Research of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, Armenia
  • SC Plasma Jet SRL, Romania
  • Institutul National De Cercetari Aerospatiale "Elie Carafoli" - I.N.C.A.S. SA, Romania