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Reference Number EP/G068305/1
Title Stress and Creep Damage Evolution in Materials for Ultra-Supercritical Power Plant
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electric power conversion) 50%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Coal, Coal combustion) 25%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Oil and gas combustion) 25%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 75%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor PJ Bouchard
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Materials Engineering
Open University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2009
End Date 30 September 2013
Duration 48 months
Total Grant Value £134,870
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region East of England
Programme NC : Engineering
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor PJ Bouchard , Materials Engineering, Open University (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Dr M FitzPatrick , Materials Engineering, Open University (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) (0.000%)
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Abstract Future fossil power generation plant will have to operate at higher temperatures to increase its thermal efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint. High-chromium martensitic steels (such as P91, P92) have been developed for elevated temperature applications and are being used increasingly in supercritical power stations, but there are early signs of cracking around weldments in service. The underlying physics and micro-mechanisms contributing these failures needs to be understood and quantified so that new design and life assessment methods can be developed. The aim of this training research proposal is to exploit the potential of neutron and synchrotron radiation measurement techniques at Central Facilities. The techniques will be applied to measure fabrication residual stresses at multiple length-scales in high Cr weldments and quantify how they relax during service high temperature exposure, to measure and spatially resolve plastic and creep deformation across weldments, and toquantify volumetrically the evolution of creep cavitation leading to cracking. The project will use ENGIN-X, LOQ and SANS_2D instruments at ISIS and JEEP at Diamond and involve the student spending four training placements these instruments. The project fits closely with a programme of high temperature materials for energy research at the Open University where the student will have access to complementary test facilities. Welded test specimens will provided by European Technology Development Ltd whose involvement will facilitate dissemination of the results and capabilities of advanced measurement techniques to the power generation industry worldwide

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