QuesTek has used Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) to develop new ultra-high performance alloys that are being inserted into a wide range of demanding applications in the energy sector.
Ongoing Alloy Design and Development for the Energy Sector
QuesTek is involved extensively in multiple alloy and process design and development Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) projects funded by the Department of Energy (DOE). As QuesTek advances the technologies developed under these programs, we are seeking potential partners and licensees for further development.
Our direct experience includes successful alloy design on the following via multi year projects:
- Design of Castable Single Crystal (SX) Ni-based Superalloys for Industrial Gas Turbines (Phase IIA DOE SBIR) - Development of a low cost SX nickel superalloy that can be cast effectively as large, defect-free industrial gas turbine components and provides improved creep performance, thereby allowing higher gas temperatures and increased thermal efficiency
- Exploration of High Entropy Alloys (HEAs) for Turbine Applications (Phase II DOE SBIR) - Development of structure-property models and CALPHAD databases to enable the design of HEAs, and utilization of these tools to demonstrate the potential of HEAs in industrial gas turbine applications, with a focus on strength, high temperature stability, and creep and oxidation resistance
- Design of Weldable, High-Cr Ferritic Steel for Coal-Fired Power Plants (Phase II DOE SBIR) - Development and characterization of a new ferritic superalloy that addresses the key issues of weldability, creep, oxidation and corrosion resistance for boiler tube applications
QuesTek has also been awarded two new DOE SBIR Phase I projects in early 2016:
- ICME Approach to Develop Base Alloys Suitable for Covetic Conversions - Utilizing ICME technologies to design base alloy compositions that exhibit suitable characteristics for creating high electrical conductivity covetic materials
- Improved Models of Long Term Creep Behavior of High Performance Structural Alloys for Fossil Energy Power Plants - Development of more efficient, accurate and user friendly computational methods for long term (to 300,000 hours operating life) prediction of creep strength as a function of microstructure and service conditions for ferritic steels in fossil energy systems
- QuesTek Involvement in the Energy Sector
Design and development of novel alloys for the energy sector based on INtegrated Computational Materials Engineering - May, 2014