CERAMIC COMPOSITE MATERIALS FOR PYROMETALLURGICAL REPROCESSING

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 10881
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1990
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Materials & Electrochemical Rs
7960 S Kolb Rd, Tucson, AZ, 85706
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr J C Withers
 Principal Investigator
 (602) 574-1980
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE MATERIALS REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PYROMETALLURGICAL REPROCESSING OF SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL ARE QUITE DEMANDING. IN FACT, CURRENTLY AVAILABLE MATERIALS LIMIT PYROMETALLURGICAL REPROCESSING. INNOVATIVE CERAMIC COMPOSITES OFFER THE OPPORTUNITY TO OVERCOME CURRENT MATERIALS LIMITATIONS AND PROVIDE NONREACTIVE AND NONWETTABLE CONTAINERS TO MOLTEN AND/OR VAPORIZED METALS AND SALTS FOR PYROMETALLURGICAL REPROCESSING TO 1,900 DEGREES CENTIGRADE. TWO SUCH INNOVATIVE CERAMIC COMPOSITIONS ARE ALN-BN-SIC WITH WHISKERS AND ZRO2-TIB2 WITH THE TIB2 AS PARTICLES, PLATELETS, OR WHISKERS. AN ALN-BN-SIC CERAMIC COMPOSITE HASHIGH THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY AND THERMAL SHOCK RESISTANCE; A ZRO2-TIB2 COMPOSITE IS INSULATIVE AND CAN BE DIRECTLY INDUCTION HEATED. IN PHASE I THE CERAMIC COMPOSITIONS WILL BE INVESTIGATED IN A STATISTICAL EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH AND THE OPTIMIZED CERAMIC COMPOSITES WILL BE TESTED FOR COMPATIBILITY TO 1,900 DEGREES CENTIGRADE.

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