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EPSRC Reference: EP/N509991/1
Title: IMPULSE - Advanced Industrial Manufacture of Next-Generation MARBN Steel for Cleaner Fossil Plant
Principal Investigator: Sun, Professor W
Other Investigators:
Becker, Professor A Hyde, Dr CJ
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Department: Faculty of Engineering
Organisation: University of Nottingham
Scheme: Technology Programme
Starts: 01 February 2016 Ends: 31 December 2019 Value (£): 171,430
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Energy - Conventional Manufacturing Machine & Plant
Materials Processing
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy Manufacturing
Related Grants:
EP/N509978/1 EP/N509942/1
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Summary on Grant Application Form
IMPULSE will work with novel "MARBN" high temperature steel, recently developed in TSB project "IMPACT" and shown to

offer capability for an increase in steam power plant temperature of 25 degrees C. IMPULSE, whose consortium includes

most IMPACT members together with new pipe, welding and innovative research partners, will take MARBN from the

laboratory on to full-scale industrial manufacture of ingot castings, pipework, and weldments. This will improve efficiency

and reliability of current and future steel-based steam power plant, and thus increase security of supply and reduce cost

and carbon emissions. MARBN 8-tonne ingot casting technology will be developed, and following high temperature (to

1250 degrees C+) testing and manufacturing simulation, two full-scale pipe extrusion trials will be undertaken, with product

validation by testing and electron metallography. Matching welding consumables will also be developed, qualified and

tested. Long term creep and creep-fatigue data generation will feed into performance validation, materials standardisation,

and pressure vessel design codes. Interaction with the KMM-VIN collaboration will enable constructive interchange with

parallel European projects.

The Nottingham team will provide the required expertise for testing MARBN specimens under creep and creep-fatigue

conditions and developing the fatigue life model and the associated Finite Element modelling capabilities to enable the life

prediction of welded MARBN pipes under flexible power plant operating conditions.
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