Engineered Composites for USC Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-08ER84949
Agency Tracking Number: 85913
Amount: $99,986.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: 58 b
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-07ER07-36
Small Business Information
14102 Halprin Creek Drive, Cypress, TX, 77429
DUNS: 136944142
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Asit Biswas
 (440) 655-0171
Business Contact
 Dean Baker
Title: Mr.
Phone: (661) 373-1729
Research Institution
Ultrasupercritical (USC) steam boilers will operate at higher temperature/pressure than subcritical and supercritical steam boilers in service today. However, the majority of current high-temperature materials do not posses the desired characteristics for the operating conditions of a USC unit (760 C/35MPa). This project will develop innovative composite powders and composites that will surpass the properties of currently identified materials for USC steam turbine applications. Phase I will demonstrate a powder metallurgy technique for fabricating high-temperature, steam-oxidation-resistant composite powders. Once consolidated, the resulting composite will possess high creep and thermal fatigue strength, high conductivity, and a low coefficient of thermal expansion. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The new composites should increase the life expectancy and performance of current steam turbine components, such as rotor/disc, blade, bolt, superheater tubing, and thick sections. The composite powders also should find application in thermal-sprayed or cold-sprayed steam oxidation, corrosion-resistant high-temperature coatings for retrofitting existing fossil-fired power plant equipment, and laser additives manufacturing for turbine engine/blade repairing or refurbishing.

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