Development of Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Methods for Structural and Functional Materials


One-sided flash thermal imaging setup<br/>for testing TBC-coated turbine blade.
One-sided flash thermal imaging setup
for testing TBC-coated turbine blade.
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
Website:  ANL - Argonne National Laboratory
Award Number:  FWP-49943
Project Duration:  10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017
Total Award Value:  $394,000
DOE Share:  $394,000
Performer Share:  $0
Technology Area:  Plant Optimization Technologies
Key Technology:  High Performance Materials
Location:  Argonne, Illinois

Project Description

This materials research project is designed to provide critical information about various structural and functional materials that are part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Fossil Energy program. It is structured to provide fundamental mechanistic information on structural and functional materials to advance low-emission, high efficiency energy systems utilizing fossil fuels. Examples are materials performance in high-temperature oxyfuel combustion and advanced steam-cycle systems, and performance of gas separation membranes, fuel cells, and thermal barrier coatings for next-generation gas-fired turbines. This research is part of the effort to develop high-temperature gas-separation membranes, solid oxide fuel cells, and thermal barrier coatings for turbines, which falls into designated areas of the Crosscutting Research Division in the DOE Office of Coal and Power Systems.

Project Benefits

This project will develop nondestructive evaluation technologies as part of the overall effort to develop high-temperature materials for advancing utilization of fossil fuel resources. Development of new high-temperature materials will allow coal to be utilized in a more efficient and environmentally friendly manner.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Richard Dunst:
Technology Manager 
Briggs White:
Principal Investigator 
Jiangang Sun:

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