Failure Analysis of failed steam turbine blades

Parameswara, MA and Venkataswamy, MA and Sujata, M and Suresh Kumar, M and Madan, M and Bhaumik, SK (2004) Failure Analysis of failed steam turbine blades. Project Report. National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore.

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The turbine blade had failed by fatigue. The fatigue crack had initiated at the trailing edge and propagated progressively towards the leading edge before culminating in final overload failure. The fatigue crack origin was found to have a post fracture damage and hence no direct evidences were available for establishing the reason for fatigue crack initiation. However, investigation revealed that the airfoil surfaces of all the blades were covered with a thick layer of SiO2 particles. This is possible only when the steam is contaminated with SiO2 particles. In view of this, foreign object damage appears to be one of the possible reasons for fatigue crack initiation. No mechanical and/or metallurgical abnormalities were responsible for the fatigue failure of the blade.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Steam turbine blades;fatigue;contaminated steam
Subjects: AERONAUTICS > Aeronautics (General)
CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS > Chemistry and Materials (General)
Depositing User: Mrs Manoranjitha M D
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2011 05:27
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2011 05:27

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