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Reference Number GR/S86334/01
Title SUPERGEN 2 - Conventional Power Plant Lifetime Extension Consortium
Status Completed
Energy Categories FOSSIL FUELS: OIL, GAS and COAL(Coal, Coal combustion) 20%;
FOSSIL FUELS: OIL, GAS and COAL(Oil and Gas, Oil and gas conversion) 25%;
RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Bio-Energy, Applications for heat and electricity) 5%;
OTHER POWER and STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES(Electric power conversion) 50%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 40%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (General Engineering and Mineral & Mining Engineering) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 40%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor RC Thomson
No email address given
Inst of Polymer Tech and Materials Eng
Loughborough University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 July 2004
End Date 30 June 2008
Duration 48 months
Total Grant Value £2,106,187
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region East Midlands
Programme Materials, Mechanical and Medical Eng, Process Environment and Sustainability
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor RC Thomson , Inst of Polymer Tech and Materials Eng, Loughborough University (99.980%)
  Other Investigator Dr G.D. Wilcox , Inst of Polymer Tech and Materials Eng, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Dr RL Higginson , Inst of Polymer Tech and Materials Eng, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Dr G Critchlow , Inst of Polymer Tech and Materials Eng, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Professor JR Nicholls , School of Applied Sciences, Cranfield University (0.001%)
Mr JE (John ) Oakey , School of Applied Sciences, Cranfield University (0.001%)
Dr NJ (Nigel ) Simms , School of Applied Sciences, Cranfield University (0.001%)
Professor P.H. Mellor , Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bristol (0.001%)
Professor P Flewitt , Interface Analysis Centre, University of Bristol (0.001%)
Dr CM Younes , Interface Analysis Centre, University of Bristol (0.001%)
Dr MJ Pavier , Mechanical Engineering, University of Bristol (0.001%)
Dr P Wilcox , Mechanical Engineering, University of Bristol (0.001%)
Dr CE Truman , Mechanical Engineering, University of Bristol (0.001%)
Dr B Drinkwater , Mechanical Engineering, University of Bristol (0.001%)
Professor D Smith , Mechanical Engineering, University of Bristol (0.001%)
Professor PH Shipway , Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Professor A Becker , Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Professor T Hyde , Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Dr IA Jones , Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Professor FJ (Felicity ) Guild , Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr S (Sean ) Leen , Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering, National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , QinetiQ Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Chromalloy UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Howmet Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Babcock International Group plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Physical Laboratory (NPL) (0.000%)
Project Contact , RWE Innogy (0.000%)
Project Contact , Alstom Controls Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Alstom Power Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Siemens plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , E.ON E&P UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Rolls-Royce PLC (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract The worldwide power generation market and its key drivers are changing radically. The industry is being required to meet increasing demands for sustainable energy under the constraints of lower cost, environmental legislations and reduced investment in new plant. This has led to the requirement to extend the lifetime improve the performance and flexibility of existing ageing power plant. This consortium has been brought together under the EPSRC SUPERGEN 2 program to address some of the key technical challenges facing the Power Generation supply industry.The main drivers identified at workshops leading to the submission of the bid which define the research needs are: materials performance; the increasing cost of ageing plant; the loss of UK knowledge base and issues related to fuel plantflexibility. It was also established that the key challenges to industry which should be addressed by the consortium were: Condition/health monitoring; Degradation of Materials Properties; Developingmaterials/microstructural models for life time assessment (including repair) and Improved predictive life assessment tools and validation. The proposed research will therefore be carried out in six workpackages which meet the identified needs of the power generation industry. These are: Condition Monitoring; Environmental Degradation and Protection; Microstructural Degradation; Modelling of Mechanical Behaviour; Component Life Prediction and Networking. The ultimate deliverable of theresearch program to be developed by the consortium will be an integrated suite of lifetime extension tools ,combining the research outcomes of all the selected technical areas
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