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Reference Number EP/R026076/1
Title The Physics and Mechanics of Creep Cavity Nucleation and Sintering in Energy Materials
Status Completed
Energy Categories Nuclear Fission and Fusion(Nuclear Fission, Nuclear supporting technologies) 75%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electric power conversion) 25%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 50%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor PJ Bouchard
No email address given
Materials Engineering
Open University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2018
End Date 31 October 2022
Duration 49 months
Total Grant Value £1,147,030
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region East of England
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor PJ Bouchard , Materials Engineering, Open University (99.996%)
  Other Investigator Professor AC Cocks , Engineering Science, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Professor D M Knowles , Mechanical Engineering, University of Bristol (0.001%)
Dr AN Forsey , Faculty of Sci, Tech, Eng & Maths (STEM, Open University (0.001%)
Dr H Jazaeri , Faculty of Sci, Tech, Eng & Maths (STEM, Open University (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , EDF Energy (0.000%)
Project Contact , United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , Foster Wheeler (0.000%)
Project Contact , Beijing University, China (0.000%)
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Abstract The research project will study the physics and mechanics of creep cavity nucleation and the reverse process of healing by sintering in polycrystalline materials for energy applications using both modelling and experimental approaches. The experimental work will focus on a model single phase material (commercially pure Nickel), a simple particle strengthened material (Nickel with addition of Carbon), a commercial austenitic stainless steel (Type 316H), a superalloy (IN718) and a martensitic steel P91/92. An array of state-of-the-art experimental techniques will be applied to inform the development of new physics-based cavity nucleation and sintering models for precipitation hardening materials. Once implemented in mechanical analyses, and validated, such models will form the basis for development of improved life estimation procedures for high thermal efficiency power plant components
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