The program consists of three primary platforms: 1) computational materials design, 2) structural materials, and 3) functional materials. These areas aim to develop and demonstrate predictive computational frameworks, and produce novel new materials for the deployment of transformational technologies. Researchers use and promote advanced manufacturing techniques to fabricate, assemble, and join components from high performing materials for advanced fossil energy power generation technologies. The program creates affordable and durable materials that are key to enabling technology that cross cuts fossil energy platforms and systems. For example, the Component Test Facility, ComTest, tests nickel superalloy materials in the design, construction, and operation of materials to develop an advanced ultra-supercritical (A-USC) components to increase fossil fuel plant efficiency and reduce emissions.
The Extreme Environment Materials (ExtremEmat) is an NETL-led national laboratory consortium that integrates the extensive computational materials modelling, data analytics, manufacturing, testing, and materials characterization capabilities in order to develop and demonstrate a framework to accelerate materials development. The consortium focuses on using computational tools to discover new alloys with enhanced properties and lower cost, while accelerating the discovery process in general.
High Performance Materials aim to demonstrate innovative energy concepts through the development of materials from state-of-the art to 2nd generation, to transformational by increasing the materials ability to withstand high temperatures and/or pressure.