Solid Particle Erosion Performance Evaluation of Ti-6Al-4V as Erosion Shield Material of a Helicopter Rotor Blade


1st International Symposium on Light Alloys and Composite Materials, Karabük, Turkey, 22 - 24 March 2018, vol.1, no.1, pp.1-2

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • Volume: 1
  • City: Karabük
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-2
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Erosion shield is an add-on structural component of helicopter rotor blade which is used in order to reduce the effect of solid particle erosion (SPE) phenomenon occurring during take-off and landing of helicopters. Ti-6Al-4V alloy, in this study, is evaluated as erosion shield material under different impact velocities (70, 150 and 200 m/s) and impact angles (20°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90°). Angular shaped quartz sand particles with average 250 µm dimensions in diameter are used as erodent. Experiments are performed according to MIL-STD-3033 standard. Maximum erosion rate was observed at 20° impact angle while it increases with increasing impact velocity.