Addictive Manufacturing for Cost Efficient Production of Compact Ceramic Heat Exchangers and Recuperators


Ceramic layers for Naval Research Lab<br/>compact micro recuperator
Ceramic layers for Naval Research Lab
compact micro recuperator
Ceralink, Inc.
Website:  Ceralink Inc.
Award Number:  FE0024066
Project Duration:  11/01/2014 – 10/31/2015
Total Award Value:  $639,344
DOE Share:  $499,925
Performer Share:  $139,419
Technology Area:  Plant Optimization Technologies
Key Technology:  High Performance Materials
Location:  Troy, New York

Project Description

The project seeks to develop a high-temperature and compact ceramic heat exchanger based on the laminated object manufacturing technique. Ceralink will perform the fabrication of sub-scale and full-scale heat exchanger prototypes and address issues related to sealing of the heat exchanger. United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) will develop heat exchanger models and provide designs for fabrication by Ceralink. UTRC will also perform high temperature tests for heat exchanger prototype validation. The goal is to produce and test a full-scale, high temperature compact ceramic heat exchanger by the end of the project.

Project Benefits

The target prototype may reduce the weight to volume ratio by 60% compared to metal heat exchangers and could allow operation well above 1500 °F (816 °C). Selecting a ceramic material over standard metal may allow a much more compact size, as well as higher operating temperatures. The project could lead to an estimated 25% increase in system level recuperator thermal efficiency, energy savings in aerospace, distributed combined heat and power generation, and might lead to reductions in CO2, NOx, and SOx emissions.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Jason Hissam:
Technology Manager 
Robert Romanosky:
Principal Investigator 
Holly Shulman:

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