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Design, Modeling, and Experimental Validation for life-optimization of Hydrogen Turbine CMC Components

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0022704
Agency Tracking Number: 0000265552
Amount: $250,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: C54-21e
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-06-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-06-26
Small Business Information
10 Cady Hill Blvd
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
United States
DUNS: 780362815
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Pegna
 (518) 690-0396
 jpegna@fffibers.com
Business Contact
 Joseph Pegna
Phone: (518) 690-0396
Email: jpegna@fffibers.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

In preparation for the widespread implementation of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) for hot gas path
applications within hydrogen turbines, the Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management
seeks to encourage the development of process intelligence for CMCs operating at surface temperatures in excess of
1500ºC, for extended periods of time in hydrogen-rich environments. CMCs represent a new class of engineered
materials for extreme environments that hold the promise of significant increases in energy efficiency and greenhouse
gas reductions. Not only are CMCs a new class of composite materials, but their application in hydrogen turbines is
sure to raise new technical challenges that have, so far, not been of concern to other domains where CMCs are considered.
To address anticipated shortcomings with hydrogen powered gas turbines, research is needed to design, model and
test alternative interphase coatings and Environmental Barrier Coatings for the intended conditions. To this end, Free
Form Fibers (FFF) intends to team up with Materials Research and Design (MR&D) to implement a combined
CIME-experimental approach leading to a CMC engineered for hydrogen turbines. FFF has unique capabilities to
produce micro-composite samples with custom-made interphase coatings while MR&D has a proven history of modeling
material behavior. The combined effort is expected to advance the state of the art for CMCs and build a predictive
modeling capability to elicit the long-term behavior of such structures.

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