A hot sand model has been developed to predict the rebounding and sticking behavior of environmental particulates in the hot section of a gas turbine. This paper will focus on the sticking part of the model with rebounding effects to be discussed in a future paper.

The key element of the model is determining the probability of the particle sticking to the surface when it comes into contact. Recent studies have suggested this sticking probability is a function of temperature, particle size, normal and tangential velocities of the impacting particle. Previous studies have predicted the sticking probability using theories for mechanical properties of the particles. These methods rely on idealized particle shapes and compositions which does not match the variable nature of sand in the environment. The current model attempts to take this randomness into account and ensure prediction accuracy by matching the model to results of a series of controlled coupon tests. The framework for the modeling approach and validation results of the developed predictive model are both presented.

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