Fast, efficient, flexible: AM makes the differenceBe it rapid prototyping or manufacturing parts for aero-derivative, gas and steam turbines or compressors, they can be designed faster, with increased flexibility, better materials, and optimized efficiency. This way, 3D printing enables cutting edge technologies with reduced time-to-market and quick upgrading of existing assets. Being both a pioneer and a leader in the industrialization of AM, Siemens Energy is in an excellent position to give its customers the products and tools they need for the next generation of power products.
How will the AM workshop of the future look like?
A new whitepaper by Vladimir Navrotsky and Andreas Graichen allows a glimpse into the future of AM. Their idea of an Autonous Workshop combines the latest in digitalization and automation to allow for seamless AM design, supply chain and production processes.
3D-printed vanes have proved successful in the real world
DREWAG AG, a municipal utility in the German town of Dresden, operates a 25-year-old combined-cycle power plant with three Siemens V64.3 gas turbines. As part of a comprehensive lifetime extension and modernization upgrade, Siemens Energy replaced conventional turbine vanes with 3D-printed ones.
The ambitious project consists of two stages: Phase 1 focused on the reproduction of the vanes in the original design, while in phase 2 improved, re-designed vanes will be installed.
The initial phase has already brought remarkable results: The vanes - produced by Materials Solutions - are characterized by high accuracy and show an excellent operational behavior after nearly 8,000 EOHs.
The new generation of vanes, that will be installed in June 2021, have an advanced air cooling design, that can contribute to increased efficiency and decreased emissions.