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 convened 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 lent 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.

Day 1: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019

Time Event
8:30-9am Registration & Coffee (Breakfast on Your Own)
Chanette Armstrong / Dr. Jennifer Gerbi – ARPA-E
Dr. Zak Fang – ARPA-E
Presentation # 1: Industrial Gas Turbine – Current state, challenges and future needs from materials perspective
Dr. Bernard Bewlay – General Electric
Dr. John Sharon – United Technologies Research Center
Dr. Kurt Terrani - Oak Ridge National Lab
10:40-11:10am Break (30 min)
Dr. Greg Olson & Dr. Jason Sebastian - QuesTek
Dr. Dan Miracle – Air Force Research Laboratory
12-1pm Lunch (Provided)
Dr. Mike Kirka – Oak Ridge National Lab
Breakout Session 1: Introduction & Objectives
Dr. Zak Fang – ARPA-E
Breakout Session 1: Define Material Needs:
2:50-3:20pm Break (30 min) – Return to Great Room CD
3:20-3:50pm Report out of breakout session 1 (10 minutes each group)
3:50-4pm Q & A (10 mins)
4-7:15pm One-on-one meetings with PD (15 minutes each) – Great Room B
4-5:15pm Team Building part I: Introductory presentations 5 min/ea. – Great Room C-D
5:15-6:30pm Team Building part II: Potential team members networking – Great Room C-D
6:30pm Conclusion of Day 1 (dinner on your own)

Day 2: Friday, Nov. 22, 2019

Time Event
7:30-8:30am Registration & Breakfast (Breakfast is Provided Today)
Day 2 Opening Remarks
Dr. Zak Fang – ARPA-E
Dr. Anand Kulkarni – Siemens
Dr. Ravi Chandran – University of Utah
Dr. Ali Yousefiani – Boeing
Breakout Session 2: Introduction
Dr. Zak Fang – ARPA-E
9:50-10:10am Break and Report to Breakout Sessions
Breakout Session 2:
11:10-11:20am Prepare for report out of breakout sessions
11:20-11:35am Report out of breakout session 2 (5 minutes each group)
11:35am End of workshop (Lunch on your own)
11:35am-1:30pm One-on-one meetings with PD (15 minutes each) - Great Room B