UDRI lands Air Force contract to protect jet turbines

The University of Dayton Research Institute has landed a $1.5 million contract to develop coatings for turbine engine parts in a bid to improve fuel efficiency and cost savings, according to the institute.

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Turbine engines run in a wide range of environments that degrade parts and reduce fuel efficiency, according to UDRI.

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The research institute will work to develop coatings to limit corrosion and other environmental damage to boost engine performance, Alex Morgan, group leader of applied combustion and energy in the UDRI’s Energy and Technology Materials division, said in a statement.

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The award stems from a $49 million research contract in the development of alternative energy, energy efficiency and environmentally safe technologies for Air Force bases, equipment and aircraft, UDRI said.

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