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EPSRC Reference: EP/R026076/1
Title: The Physics and Mechanics of Creep Cavity Nucleation and Sintering in Energy Materials
Principal Investigator: Bouchard, Professor PJ
Other Investigators:
Cocks, Professor AC Jazaeri, Dr H Forsey, Dr AN
Knowles, Professor D M
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Amec Foster Wheeler UK Beihang University EDF Energy
Electric Power Research Institute EPRI UK Atomic Energy Authority
Department: Faculty of Sci, Tech, Eng & Maths (STEM)
Organisation: Open University
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 October 2018 Ends: 30 September 2021 Value (£): 1,147,030
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Energy - Nuclear
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
11 Apr 2018 Engineering Prioritisation Panel Meeting 11 and 12 April 2018 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The research project will study the physics and mechanics of creep cavity nucleation and the reverse process of healing by sintering in polycrystalline materials for energy applications using both modelling and experimental approaches. The experimental work will focus on a model single phase material (commercially pure Nickel), a simple particle strengthened material (Nickel with addition of Carbon), a commercial austenitic stainless steel (Type 316H), a superalloy (IN718) and a martensitic steel P91/92. An array of state-of-the-art experimental techniques will be applied to inform the development of new physics-based cavity nucleation and sintering models for precipitation hardening materials. Once implemented in mechanical analyses, and validated, such models will form the basis for development of improved life estimation procedures for high thermal efficiency power plant components.
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