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This paper provides examples of current developments, which reflect the major areas of investigation in the field of high temperature materials, and describes the constraints linked to their use with fossil energy. There are two main application areas for fossil energy: petrochemical processing and electrical power production. A major driving force in both areas has always been the attainment of higher efficiencies, which implies the use of higher process temperatures. This normally involves higher temperatures for the constructional material. Ideally, the increased temperature capability should be achieved without loss of strength, corrosion resistance, feasibility or reliability. Furthermore, the relative cost of the finished component should not be increased. Clearly, this ideal is seldom attained and an optimisation between the competing factors has to be made.

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Authors: MARRIOTT J B, JRC Petten (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Memoires et Études Scientifiques Revue de Métallurgie, Avril (1992), pp. 245-254
Record Number: 199210862 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en