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Advanced Nb-based Intermetallics for Nuclear Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-08ER85050
Agency Tracking Number: N/A
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 05 b
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-07ER07-36
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
1963 North Main Street
Orange, CA 92865
United States
DUNS: 360908326
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Edward Chen
 (714) 283-2118
Business Contact
 Edward Chen
Title: Dr.
Phone: (714) 283-2118
Research Institution

This project will evaluate and develop an innovative class of refractory-metal intermetallic composites as alternatives to the refractory, ceramic, and composite materials presently used or being considered for very high temperature applications in Generation IV nuclear energy systems. In addition to providing a superior very-high-temperature performance potential, these niobium-based intermetallics could offer significant cost savings over conventional refractory alloys. In Phase I, an advanced reactive metal casting technology will be applied to fabricate test samples of near-net composites for evaluation and mechanical testing. Also, the microstructure-properties of these intermetallic alloys will be assessed, leading to properties tailored to the performance and cost goals of nuclear reactor system components. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The development of Nb-based intermetallic composites should lead to revolutionary nuclear and fossil energy turbine and propulsion performance. For example, the use of these alloys in nuclear reactors and industrial gas turbines would increase energy efficiency through higher reactor/turbine operating temperatures. Furthermore, the application of these materials in aircraft engines would provide society with faster, more convenient, and yet still economical ways for global travel.

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