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Research for Advanced Heat Exchangers- The U.S. DOE Program
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Since its beginning, the Advanced Heat Exchangers Program of the U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Industrial Programs has made significant contributions to the development of advanced heat exchanger technology to save energy for U.S. industry. Currently the Program is field testing two large ceramic tubular high temperature waste heat recuperators and one large fluidized bed waste heat boiler and another fluidized bed waste heat recuperator is being readied for field tests. As a result of technology "needs" areas being identified during the development phases of these large systems, a stronger emphasis has been placed on the research of basic technologies. As a result, a better understanding of ceramic materials performance under corrosive, high temperature conditions has been obtained. Various types of high temperature seals have been developed. Other areas of research include development of advanced NDE techniques for study of ceramic materials and development of new forming techniques. A new effort of great promise is the study of ceramic composites as a potential heat exchanger material. This paper will briefly discuss the program, and describe the projects and research efforts that comprise the Advanced Heat Exchangers Program.
SubjectAdvanced Heat Exchanger Program
U.S. Department of Energy
Waste Heat Recuperators
Fluidized Bed Waste Heat Boiler
Fluidized Bed Waste Heat Recuperator
Richlen, S. L. (1986). Research for Advanced Heat Exchangers- The U.S. DOE Program. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu). Available electronically from