US research grant to study use of advanced Powder Metallurgy techniques for nuclear reactors
July 24, 2012
The Electric Power Research Institute office in Charlotte, NC, USA, has received a $800,000 federal grant to study whether advanced powder metallurgy techniques can be used to manufacture higher performance components for use in nuclear reactors.
The grant is part of $13 million in nuclear innovation investments announced by the U.S. Department of Energy.
EPRI will lead a study on using high temperatures and increased gas pressures to manufacture very large components for nuclear reactors. It is stated that the manufacturing process would make parts that are less porous with increased density, making them more resistant to erosion and corrosion.
Supporting organisations in the project are listed as Carpenter Technology, General Electric-Hitachi and The Ohio State University.
Posted by: Paul Whittaker, Editor ipmd.net, [email protected]
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