A Progress Report on the UNLV Research Foundation University Consortium for Materials Compatibility and Performance

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Conference Proceeding


The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Research Foundation established a university consortium to identify and evaluate materials for performance in the most challenging heat exchanger components for hydrogen production from nuclear energy in the sulfur iodine thermochemical cycle. The consortium is comprised of researchers from UNLV, the University of California, Berkeley, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and corporate partners General Atomics and Ceramatec, Inc. The consortium collaborates closely with the U.S. Department of Energy Nuclear Hydrogen Initiative program laboratories and information obtained from this multi-year study is used to support the selection, testing, and potential certification of materials. The research is divided into three technical areas: metallics, ceramics, and catalysts. This paper presents an overview of material selection, tests and results from the consortium.


Consortia; Heat exchangers – Materials; Hydrogen as fuel; Nuclear energy; Research


Materials Science and Engineering | Mechanical Engineering | Nuclear Engineering | Oil, Gas, and Energy


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