TMS2020 All-Conference Plenary

The TMS2020 All-Conference Plenary session will be held Monday, February 24, and offers an opportunity for all annual meeting attendees to come together for a shared presentation of common interest.

Featured Speaker:

John Mason
Director, Gas Turbine Products Engineering
Solar Turbines Incorporated

"Leveraging Materials Innovation to Drive Industrial Gas Turbine Performance and Secure a Sustainable Future"

Industrial gas turbine engines are taking on greater importance in today’s energy landscape. Their high-power density, operational flexibility and lower greenhouse gas emissions relative to other traditional power generation sources make them a desirable energy solution.

Improvements in gas turbine engine performance have been enhanced by an array of materials and processing advancements. Developments in nickel-base superalloys, advanced melt and refining techniques, single crystal casting technology, innovative thermomechanical processing and high-temperature and corrosion resistant coatings have contributed to the evolving gas turbine engine. As a result, gas turbines are performing in more effective, sustainable ways, while burning a wider spectrum of fuels from waste gas to hydrogen.

Materials engineering innovations, such as Integrated Computational Materials Engineering, high entropy alloys and additive manufacturing, are driving progress in gas turbine technology development, application, and time-to-market. Other technological developments such as real-time condition monitoring, improved lifting methods, and innovative remanufacturing processes are bringing a sustainable advantage to owners and operators. These advancements, championed by a new generation of materials scientists and engineers, will further enhance and expand the performance and application of industrial gas turbine technology.

About the Presenter:

John Mason is the Director of Gas Turbine Products Engineering at Solar Turbines. In this role, Mason’s organization is accountable to continuously improve the quality, durability, and capability of Solar’s gas turbine product family in increasingly challenging oil and gas and power-generation market applications. Previously, he served in various leadership roles within Turbomachinery Products in Engineering and Customer Services Business Development. Mason earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California in Irvine and his master’s degree from the University of Southern California.