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Ultra High-Temperature Materials for Power Generation Applications Workshop

W Hotel Seattle
Seattle, WA
November 21-22, 2019

Energy efficiency of any power generation technology is often limited by the high temperature properties of the materials and design limitations of traditional manufacturing. This potential program would aim to develop ultrahigh temperature materials that would enable drastic improvements in gas turbine and aircraft engine efficiency as well as operating temperatures of nuclear reactors. Developing such ultrahigh temperature materials might be feasible today because of the availability of modern material research tools including multiscale modeling, machine learning, and in particular the advancement of manufacturing technologies such as additive manufacturing. We envision that this potential program would encourage microstructure and performance-driven concurrent development of alloys and processes, with intense focus on property metrics.

The workshop will convene leading experts in computational materials science, high temperature materials, industrial gas turbine, nuclear reactors, aerospace, and advanced manufacturing to:

  • Determine technology and market needs for ultrahigh temperature materials;
  • Determine the hurdles and pathway towards development of new ultrahigh temperature materials; and
  • Determine the means for test and validation of high temperature materials.

Participants will lend their expertise to help set technical objectives and metrics that will define a successful research program and explore possible technology pathways, and more importantly determine how the community can work together to innovate and develop a new class of materials to enable step-changes to the efficiency of energy production.

Attendance at ARPA-E workshops is by invitation. If you would like to recommend another participant, please forward their contact information and a brief statement of their qualifications to Pankaj Trivedi at Pankaj.Trivedi@hq.doe.gov.

This event is closed to the media.