Temperature and strain rate dependent mechanical response of METCO 601 aluminium-polyester abradable seal coating
University of Oxford, Department of Engineering Science,
2 Rolls-Royce plc, P.O. box 31, Derby DE24 8BJ, UK
* Corresponding author: email@example.com
Published online: 7 September 2018
Abradable coatings are utilised as sacrificial materials in low-pressure compressor casings, and in intermediate and high pressure compressors and seals. The adoption of abradable coatings allows for the clearance between compressor blades and casing to be minimised, increasing the overall efficiency of the engine. Quasi-static and dynamic experiments at different temperatures are conducted to characterise the mechanical response of a thermally-sprayed abradable seal coating. The material is composed of an aluminium continuum matrix and fairly well-dispersed polyester particles. Stress versus strain histories are measured in uniaxial tension and compression at strain rates ranging from 10-3 to 102 s-1, via non-standard experimental techniques. The material displays sensitivity to the strain rate and to the imposed temperature. The mechanical behaviour is brittle in tension while it exhibits higher strains to failure in compression. The material is characterised by a pronounced tension/compression asymmetry.
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2018
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.