Creating new ways to generate energy efficiently, improve operational reliability and build spare parts quickly. The Power Generation and Energy market faces intense pressure to improve energy efficiency and enhance operational reliability.
The challenge of energy efficiency
New turbine concepts for increased fuel efficiency operate at higher combustion temperatures. They require increasingly complex components in terms of materials & geometry. Ni-based alloys are difficult to machine for complex geometries such as cooling channels, complex internal features and bio-inspired structures to reduce weight.
AM can provide components that deliver on cost, complexity and performance targets.
The challenge of operational reliability
Reduction of maintenance downtime and extension of the life of turbine components are key for reliable turbine operation. Enhanced material properties at high temperatures and surface treatment solutions present technical challenges.
AM enables the production of highly complex turbine components from corrosion resistant superalloys that can operate in the most demanding environments, improved thermal management and fuel mixing as well as cost-effective manufacturing and replacement.