Three NETL researchers coauthored an invited article on nickel-based superalloys for the 50th anniversary issue of the prestigious journal Metallurgical and Materials Transactions (MMT) A. The paper, titled “Solving Recent Challenges for Wrought Ni-Base Superalloys,” discussed the status of technology, design and manufacture of advanced superalloys required for fossil energy and aerospace applications. Martin Detrois, Paul Jablonski and Jeffery Hawk, all based at NETL’s Albany site, contributed to the article by conducting a review of work to understand the suitability of candidate alloys for multiple applications in advanced-ultra supercritical (AUSC) coal-fired power plants, which will burn hotter and more efficiently than current plants to provide more power with fewer emissions.
In the article, the NETL researchers noted that potential AUSC superalloys must have high-temperature strength; long-term creep strength, which is the ability of the material to resist deforming under heat and pressure; phase stability, which contributes to extended service life; oxidation resistance and weldability. However, the candidate alloys must balance these critical attributes with an ease of manufacturing that is critical for industry adoption. The article on nickel-based superalloys was one of five alloy articles making up the special 50th anniversary collection of MMT A.
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