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Analysis of surface scale on the Ni-based superalloy CMSX-10N and proposed mechanism of formation

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posted on 2012-10-24, 08:55 authored by S. Simmonds, H. Dong, N. D'Souza, K. S. Ryder
There is a continuing demand to raise the operating temperature of jet engine turbine blades to meet the need for higher turbine entry temperatures (TET) in order to increase thermal efficiency and thrust. Modern, high-pressure turbine blades are made from Ni-based superalloys in single-crystal form via the investment casting process. One important post-cast surface defect, known as 'surface scale', has been investigated on the alloy CMSX-10N. This is an area of distinct discolouration of the aerofoil seen after casting. Auger electron and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis were carried out on both scaled and un-scaled areas. In the scaled region, a thin layer (~800nm) of Ni oxide is evident. In the un-scaled regions there is a thicker Al2O3 layer. It is shown that, as the blade cools during casting, differential thermal contraction of mould and alloy causes the solid blade to 'detach' from the mould in these scaled areas. The formation of Ni Oxides is facilitated by this separation.

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IOP CONFERENCE SERIES: MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, 2011, 27 (1)

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IOP CONFERENCE SERIES: MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

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IOP Publishing: Conference Series

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1757-899X

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2012

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2012-10-24

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