Siemens Energy has a large fleet of aero-derivative gas turbines. The performance and durability of these power turbines largely depend on the capability of hot section components to resist high-temperature surface attacks and to maintain their mechanical properties. Hot corrosion attack occurs due to exposure of turbine components to sulfur-bearing fuels/air together with other corrosive compounds during turbine operation. This paper investigates the impact of low-temperature hot corrosion on the stress rupture of commonly used gas turbine disk alloys, including Inconel 718, Incoloy 901, and A-286. The results indicate that Inconel 718 and Incoloy 901 maintain their creep strength advantage over A-286 in a low-temperature hot corrosion inducing environment at 1100°F. All three materials exhibited an equivalent life reduction in the corrosive environments at 1100°F. Moreover, the results demonstrate that the stress-rupture life of materials in hot-corrosion environments depends on the combined and cumulative effects of corrosion-resistant and hardening elements.

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