Lifing issues in hot gas path components of heavyduty gas turbines

Yomei Yoshioka, Daizo Saito, Shoko Ito

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Gas turbine hot-gas-path components, which include combustion liners, transition pieces, turbine nozzles and turbine buckets, are exposed to hot gases discharged from combustion systems and suffer from severe materials degradation and damage even in the early stage of operation. The severity of the damage and degradation increases with increasing inlet temperature and size of the gas turbines, which also increase the maintenance cost. 'Lifing' of components is, therefore, becoming a very critical issue. This paper describes several kinds of component damage and material degradation occurring in the 1,100°C- and 1,300°C-class heavy-duty gas turbines and then shows how we revised those component lives from the original design ones. Analytical-based assessment methods associated with condition-based assessment ones, some examples of assessment results, and component life extension technologies are also described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-196
Number of pages9
JournalMaterials at High Temperatures
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sep 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Bucket
  • Combustion liner
  • Gas turbine
  • Life assessment
  • Nozzle
  • Transition piece

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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