AGT1500 Engines with Coated Compressor Blades Business Case Analysis

NCMS Project #: 140709

Problem: U.S. Military ground, air and sea operations worldwide adversely impact environmental security by consuming extraordinary amounts of fossil fuels, emitting large amounts of carbon emissions and requiring high manufacturing and maintenance rates and a large infrastructure to support operations.


  • Decreased fuel costs
  • Decreased engine and spare part requirements
  • Decreased emission of CO2 and NOx

Solution/Approach: The Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) funded work project WP-201009 in 2010 to evaluate Compressor Airfoil Protective Coating for Turbine Engine Fuel Efficiency. The project was managed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Maintenance and concluded with an engine sand ingestion test comparing an uncoated and MDS Coating Technologies (MCT) BlackGold® coated AGT1500 engine in September 2012. The test results from the comparative sand ingestion test demonstrated significant benefits in coated compressor parts protecting against erosion.

The specific project work scope would include the development of a business case analysis utilizing the current CTMA-developed business case analysis model. Using inputs provided by all project participants, NCMS will exercise the model and project benefits for increased part savings, engine performance retention and fuel savings.

Impact on Warfighter: The efforts from the continued development and transition of this coating technology will enable the logistics community to reduce the logistics footprint, reduce demand for expensive long lead time of compressor components, and will ultimately improve maintenance capacity, increase aircraft readiness and throughput.

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army (Anniston)
  • U.S. Army (TACOM)
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • National Guard

Industry Participation:

  • Honeywell
  • MDS Coating Technologies
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Improved readiness

Focus Area:

  • Coatings/corrosion prevention