Polymer matrix composites (PMCs) are attractive for use in propulsion engine components due to their high specific strength. The use of composites could be even more advantageous if the sand erosion life of the component were extended, thereby reducing maintenance costs. NASA Glenn Research Center (NASA GRC) and Rolls-Royce Corporation have developed erosion resistant coatings that can extend PMC component life and are applicable to current available and advanced high temperature PMCs. This paper describes the performance of SANPRES and SANRES, two similar erosion resistant coating systems that were subjected to engine test conditions on Rolls-Royce AE 3007 engine bypass vanes.

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