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Novel Materials and Engineering Solutions for High Temperature Power Generation Plant

FESI is pleased to announce that a workshop designed to review and explore options to meet the future operational challenges for high temperature plant is to be held on January 23, 2020 in Room 1.15 in Queen’s Building, University of Bristol.

THEME

Future designs for nuclear, solar, and fossil-fuel power generation plant propose the use of supercritical steam cycles with temperatures and pressures as high as 750°C and 350 bar. These high temperature and pressures will demand the development of novel materials and engineering designs to achieve a long operating life of the order of 60 years. It is not clear that current developments will provide solutions in the near-term.

This workshop will explore the current state of materials and engineering research to assess the likelihood of successful design and construction of high temperature plant and the remaining research and development. The workshop will address the two linked approaches of improvements to properties of materials and new engineering design techniques.

Current thinking is that high operating temperatures will require the use of nickel-based alloys for components in superheaters, reheaters and steam transfer pipes, due to their better resistance to creep damage and steam oxidation. However, Nickel alloys are more costly than steels and could be in relatively scarce supply, considering the quantity required for new power plants worldwide. Alternative materials including new steel alloys may need to be developed to reduce the dependency on nickel-based alloys.

Although it is perhaps inevitable that materials able to operate at high temperatures will be required for some components of the plant, new engineering design approaches may allow the use of less exotic material elsewhere. A novel approach being explored in the UK is that steam transfer pipes could be manufactured with internal ceramic insulation and external cooling to reduce the temperature the pipes are exposed to and alleviate the requirement for more expensive high temperature materials. Recent Japanese proposals for nuclear reactors include a counter-cooled pipe exchanging high temperature helium coolant between the nuclear reactor and steam generator.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This workshop will be of interest to engineers, scientists, supply chain, and plant designers who wish to learn about the future developments in high temperature power plant.

FEES and REGISTRATION

Non-Member Fee: £250 + VAT
FESI Member Fee: £210 + VAT
Student/Retired Member Fee: £140 + VAT

To register, please refer to the event flyer by following this link.

Please note that delegates should register by 7 January 2020 and that Registration Fees must be paid prior to the event.

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Intro to Nuclear New Build and Power Generation

Delegates will be exposed to the past, present and future of nuclear power production, through technical seminars presented by representatives from across the industry, as well as a tour of Hinkley Point C Construction Site.

Seminars will discuss a variety of key topics within the industry, including history of nuclear power production, electricity generation and the operation of the national grid.

Many of the ideas from the seminars will then be observed first hand on the tour of Hinkley Point C Construction site and the European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) Simulator

A formal dinner will provide the opportunity to network with people across the industry, including our main speaker Stuart Crooks, Managing Director of Hinkley Point C

Find out more about last year’s seminar series in the Nuclear Institute's blog post

Intro to Nuclear New Build and Power Generation

If you have queries about the Intro to events please contact the YGN via events.ygn@nuclearinst.com

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