Flow Channel Inserts Based on Syntactic Closed-Cell SiC Foam for Dual-Coolant ITER Test Blanket Modules

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-08ER85218
Agency Tracking Number: 85320
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: 31 b
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-07ER07-36
Small Business Information
12173 Montague Street, Pacoima, CA, 91331
DUNS: 052405867
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Williams
 Dr.
 (818) 899-0236
 brian.williams@ultramet.com
Business Contact
 Craig Ward
Title: Mr.
Phone: (818) 899-0236
Email: craig.ward@ultramet.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) design requires the development of advanced materials for flow channel inserts, in order to permit the high tritium breeder exit temperature of ~700°C needed to increase overall plant efficiency. The primary requirements for the flow channel insert are low thermal and electrical conductivity, resistance to thermally induced stress, and impermeability to and non-reactivity with the Pb-Li alloy. This project will develop a low-density, high-strength, closed-cell silicon carbide (SiC) foam that meets the requirements for flow channel inserts. The new material will be far more manufacturable in both simple and complex geometries, exhibit higher thermal stress resistance, and cost less than SiC/SiC composites. In Phase I, thermomechanical durability and heat transfer characteristics will be evaluated through design and modeling, and preliminary characterization of behavior under high thermal gradient conditions will be performed via exposure to hot gases. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The practical application of fusion for efficient electric energy generation requires the development of materials and structures that can withstand the demanding fusion reactor environment. The proposed flow channel insert would be a key component within reactors that ultimately will be used for large-scale commercial energy generation.

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