Steam Turbine Technology

Department Publications


Technical Publications

Contact Information

Klaus Brun, Ph.D.
Program Director
Machinery Program
(210) 522-5449

Steam Turbine Components

Various steam turbine components are subjected to failure analysis to identify cause of failure and to recommend corrective actions. Components include low pressure and high pressure turbine blades, bolts, steeples, and discs.

Failure Analysis & Prevention

SwRI uses a multidisciplinary approach to metallurgical failure analysis on a wide range of steam turbine and boiler components. Metallurgy, corrosion, stress analysis, fracture mechanics, and nondestructive evaluation are combined to identify mechanisms and root causes of failure. Such analyses help predict and monitor remaining component life.

SwRI maintains a certified hot laboratory for handling materials contaminated by radiation.

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Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 9 technical divisions.