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Performer:  Ceramatec, Inc. Location:  Salt Lake City, Utah
Project Duration:  10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Award Number:  FE0024077
Technology Area:  Plant Optimization Technologies Total Award Value:  $316,858
Key Technology:  High Performance Materials DOE Share:  $187,085
Performer Share:  $129,773

Heat exchanger plate design and analysis
Heat exchanger plate design and analysis

Project Description

Ceramatec will collaborate with The Colorado School of Mines (CSM) to meet the project objectives. Ceramatec will lead the project and will be responsible for fabricating and testing heat exchanger plates and stacks. CSM will derive heat exchanger plate specifications from system requirements using numerical power systems modeling approaches, such as ASPEN. Subsequently, CSM will work with Ceramatec to design the microchannel architecture for a heat exchanger plate that will be the basic repeat unit of heat exchanger stacks. CSM will perform 3-D, computational fluid dynamics, using numerical modelling tools such as FLUENT. Ceramatec will fabricate heat exchanger plates using its unique microchannel manufacturing capabilities and test the behavior of the plates in laboratory apparatus. Test results will be used as feedback to iterative design modifications. These activities will serve to define a heat exchanger plate design for stack testing. Ceramatec will fabricate heat exchanger plates and assemble them into stacks capable of 1-5 kWth thermal duty. Ceramatec will integrate the stacks with appropriate manifolds and thermal systems for subsequent testing at elevated temperature.

Project Benefits

Development of compact ceramic microchannel heat exchangers could enable higher operating temperatures in power plants that will lead to higher efficiency and reduced emissions.

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Contact Information

Federal Project Manager Richard Dunst:
Technology Manager Robert Romanosky:
Principal Investigator Charles Lewissohn: