Morgantown, W. Va. — Three researchers from the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) picked up prestigious R&D 100 Awards at a black-tie banquet on November 11 in Orlando, Fla. Selected by an independent panel of judges and the editors of R&D Magazine, the annual awards are presented to the 100 most technologically significant products to enter the marketplace in the past year.
Paul Jablonski and David Alman accepted an award for their Cerium Oxide Coating for Oxidation Rate Reduction in Stainless Steels and Nickel Superalloys, a surface treatment that extends the lifetime of metal components exposed to oxidizing environments.
Higher efficiency in energy production can save resources, such as coal and petroleum, while protecting the environment. But higher efficiency also generally means more severe operating conditions. To avoid the premature failure of components associated with such extreme conditions, Jablonski and Alman developed a cerium oxide–based coating that can be applied as a slurry to a metal part by brushing, spraying, or dipping. Because this is simpler and less costly than alternative approaches, the novel surface treatment could help extend the Nation’s natural resources at a substantial savings.
NETL’s Terry Jordan was honored along with other research partners for the osgBullet, an open-source software toolkit that streamlines the engineering and design process in applications such as advanced power generation.
osgBullet provides an integration interface that links two object visualization tools, OpenSceneGraph (OSG) and Bullet. Using this toolkit, researchers can investigate multiple alternatives and explore the “what if” questions that can lead to breakthroughs in design. Users can create and modify design scenarios collaboratively in real time, experimenting with numerous design changes on the fly and instantly visualizing the impact of those changes upon the overall system. This capability provides engineers, designers, managers, and their customers with a dynamic decision-making environment for immediate product assessment and development. osgBullet was developed jointly by Ames Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, Skew Matrix Software, the U.S. Army, and NETL.
More information about NETL’s 2010 R&D 100 Awards is available on the R&D 100 Magazine website.