Coatings Complexity Rises For Next-Gen Engines

turbofans with Chromalloy coating
Chromalloy’s coatings have advanced from basic aluminide protection for high-pressure turbine blades and vanes in the 1960s to the multilayered thermal barrier coatings needed on the latest turbofans.
Credit: Chromalloy
Modern aero engines are a powerful testament to humanity’s engineering prowess. Yet despite the superalloys, advanced composites and complex architectures, the margin between success and failure is sometimes perilously thin—encompassing just a few dozen microns of precisely applied coating that...
Alex Derber

Alex Derber, a UK-based aviation journalist, is editor of the Engine Yearbook and a contributor to Aviation Week and Inside MRO.

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