Opposed to the conventional continuous operation, their future task to balance out temporal instabilities in renewable energy availability relies on strongly interrupted flexible duty-cycles. The resulting stress during powering-up is enormously increased.
Novel materials for thermal power applications
A promising lead to answer these new demands is the development of resistive materials. Researcher at BAM study combined thermal and mechanical stress along experimental and numerical theoretical approaches. Based on the obtained knowledge, new materials(combinations) are designed and endorsed.
Coatings for harsh temporal environments
Instead of using new materials altogether, conventional structures can be empowered via appropriate coatings. For instance, steel pipes are being enhanced through Sol-Gel growth, to preemptively encounter enhanced high temperature corrosive behavior. The results are used for the prediction in designing future power plants.