Next Generation TiAl Alloys Advanced by New European Consortium

The launch of a three-year research project across three countries and involving over 10 leading experts will significantly advance the design of titanium aluminide (TiAl) alloys used in the manufacture of lightweight aircraft turbine engine components.

The ADVANCE project—Sophisticated experiments and optimisation to advance an existing CALPHAD database for next generation TiAl alloys—consists of an extensive and ambitious experimental program to generate detailed and accurate phase equilibrium data for a series of homogenous Ti-Al-X alloys of high purity, aiming to resolve existing experimental controversies and to determine missing data points of relevance, and ultimately support modelling activities consisting of assessing and re-optimising individual subsystems and the development of cutting-edge CALPHAD databases for TiAl alloys.


Representatives of the ADVANCE consortium, left to right: Hai-Lin Chen (TCSAB), Roman Sowa (MTU), Annett Seide (MTU), Svea Mayer (MUL), Martin Schloffer (MTU), Martin Palm (MPIE), Anders Engström (TCSAB), Florian Pyczak (HZG), Marcus Rackel (HZG), Roland Schmier (MTU). Missing from the photo: Frank Stein (MPIE), Yang Yang (TCSAB)

The consortium consists of four partners from three countries: Thermo-Calc Software AB (TCSAB), Sweden (Coordinator); Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH (MPIE), Germany; Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung GmbH (HZG), Germany; and Montanuniversität Leoben (MUL), Austria. In addition, MTU Aero Engines AG, Germany, is the Topic Manager.

ADVANCE is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and is part of the Clean Sky 2 joint undertaking. The Clean Sky 2 goals are to reduce aircraft noise and CO2 and NOx emissions, which is a vital part of several initiatives that have a focus on fostering new technologies to make tomorrow’s aircraft greener and more efficient.

New TiAl Alloys CALPHAD Databases

At the completion of this project, the next generation of advanced CALPHAD databases (one thermodynamic and a compatible kinetic database for atomic mobility) for TiAl alloys will be available. Use of these databases in combination with the appropriate simulation software will contribute to the ability to decrease costs and development time for TiAl alloy design, which ultimately contributes to the Clean Sky 2 environmental mandate of ‘’Smart, Green, Integrated Transport’’.

A fact sheet, including details about how to contact the members of the consortium, is available at this link:


This project has received funding From the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation Programme under grant agreement No 820647.

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