CCS and Power Systems

Crosscutting Research - University Training and Research


Multi-Scale Computational Design and Synthesis of Protective Smart Coatings for Refractory Metal Alloys


Performer: University of Wisconsin System

Project No: FE0007377


Program Background and Project Benefits

The goal of the University Coal Research (UCR) Program within the Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is to further the understanding of coal utilization. Since the program’s inception in 1979, its primary objectives have been to (1) improve understanding of the chemical and physical processes involved in the conversion and utilization of coal so it can be used in an environmentally acceptable manner, (2) maintain and upgrade the coal research capabilities of and facilities at U.S. colleges and universities, and (3) support the education of students in the area of coal science.

The National Energy Technology Laboratory’s Office of Coal and Power Systems supports the development of innovative, cost-effective technologies for improving the efficiency and environmental performance of advanced coal and power systems. One current focus area facilitates research on the development of computational tools and simulations to reliably predict properties of materials in advance of fabrication and the development of new materials with high performance potential for fossil-energy systems.

The National Energy Technology Laboratory has partnered with the University of Wisconsin to facilitate the multi-scale computational design and synthesis of protective smart coatings for refractory metal alloys.

This project, through the modification of refractory metal-based alloys, will deliver the key enabling coating technology to produce an increase of 200 °C to 400 °C in the operating temperature of refractory alloy. These improvements, when implemented, should deliver an increase in power efficiency.

Goal and Objectives

The goal of this project is to employ a new smart coating concept for refractory metal-borosilicide and -aluminide systems in order to provide a 200 °C to 400 °C increase in temperature resistance beyond that of current Ni-based superalloys in materials that comprise advanced fossil fueled generation systems.


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