Avtomaticheskaya Svarka (Automatic Welding), #4, 2016, pp. 9-25
Extension of the life of GTK 10-4 working blades from EI 893 alloy after long operating period
A.F. Belyavin1, V.V. Kurenkova1, D.A. Fedotov1, S.G. Saly2 and A.P. Shcherbinin2
«Paton Turbine Technologies» Ltd. 26 Raketnaya Str., 03028, Kiev, Ukraine. E-mail: VKurenkova@patontt.com
Repair Enterprise «Ukrgazenergoservis», Subdivision of PJSC «Ukrtransgaz» of NJSC «Naftogaz Ukrainy» 49 Mayakovsky Str., 08151, Boyarka, Ukraine
During prolonged operation (thousands of hours) degradation of base material — EI 893 alloy — proceeds in working
blades of GTK 10-4 unit under the impact of static and dynamic loads, temperature gradient, fuel combustion products,
etc. Structural changes in the basic blade alloy influence the changes of its mechanical properties, compared to metal
in initial state, namely, increase of ultimate strength, yield limit, hardness values and lowering of ductility characteristics
take place and, therefore, also lowering of their creep resistance and high-cycle fatigue. For this reason, extension
of service life of expensive items in turbine hot section is an extremely important task, which is solved by integrated
restoration of initial structure and mechanical properties of EI 893 alloy. The objective of this work was studying GTE
material state after operational aging on seven working blades (from sets with different operating lives), determination
of their repairability and selection of modes of recovery heat treatment. It was found that during long operation
periods at the temperature of 630–670 o
C an essential change of structural-phase state of base material proceeds in the
working blades, which is manifested in dissolution, coagulation and non-uniform distribution of strengthening phase
in matrix solution volume and carbide precipitation on subgrain boundaries within the grains and on grain boundaries,
and formation of carbides of a more complex composition. It was established that optimum base structure with sufficient
hardness and microhardness forms at two-step recovery heat treatment, namely, a certain reduction of difference
in grain dimensions (mainly, 2–4 grain size point), reduction of density and dimensions of stable carbide phases in
intergranular interlayers, and uniform and regular distribution of disperse strengthening phase. Structure recovery after
recovery heat treatment leads to improvement of ductile characteristics (δ = 33.2–35.6 %) and, consequently, also of
fatigue resistance at admissible values of strength and fracture toughness, that, on the whole, ensures the serviceability
of reconditioned items. 16 Ref., 5 Tables, 10 Figures.
high-pressure turbine (HPT), low-pressure turbine (LPT), recovery heat treatment (RHT), hardness,
microhardness, ultimate strength, yield limit, ductility, fracture energy, deposited weld, heat-affected zone
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