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Sand-Phobic Turbine Coating Improvements Detailed in U.S. Army Research Lab Paper

A team of researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has detailed industry progress toward developing an optimal sand-phobic thermal barrier coating for gas turbine engines in military and commercial fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. With some commercial and military aircraft often operating over sandy regions, existing engine inlet particle separators are not entirely efficient

Study Shows Ceramics Can Deform Like Metals if Sintered Under an Electric Field

Purdue researchers have observed a way that the brittle nature of ceramics can be overcome as they sustain heavy loads, leading to more resilient structures such as aircraft engine blade coatings and dental implants. While inherently strong, most ceramics tend to fracture suddenly when just slightly strained under a load unless exposed to high temperatures.