Advancements In Material Technology
New facility to produce improved gas turbines, blades
Siemens Energy has opened a facility in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.A., for the commercial production of airfoil ceramic cores for gas turbine blades and vanes using the Tomo-Lithographic Molding (TOMO) technology initially developed by Mikro Systems Inc. This technology is available to Siemens as a part of a technology license agreement with Mikro Systems.
The advancements are expected to improve the cooling capability of gas turbine blading, thus enabling higher levels of engine performance and efficiency for future Siemens gas turbines. Siemens said that through retrofitting, the technology can also be applied for improving the efficiency of power plants already in operation.
With support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Mikro Systems was funded via small business innovation research (SBIR) grants.