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Viability of Ceramic High Temperature Heat Exchangers in NGNP Applications

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Merrill A. Wilson, Charles Lewinsohn, James Cutts

Ceramatec, Inc., Salt Lake City, UT

Yitung Chen, Valery Ponyavin

University of Nevada - Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

Paper No. ICONE16-48760, pp. 435-443; 9 pages
  • 16th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 4: Structural Integrity; Next Generation Systems; Safety and Security; Low Level Waste Management and Decommissioning; Near Term Deployment: Plant Designs, Licensing, Construction, Workforce and Public Acceptance
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, May 11–15, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4817-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3820-X
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


The recent developments in the energy industry have kindled renewed interest in producing energy more efficiently. This has motivated the development of higher temperature cycles and their associated equipment. In this paper we will discuss several design configurations coupled with the inherent properties of preferred ceramic materials to assess the viability and design reliability of ceramic heat exchangers for next generation high temperature heat exchangers. These analyses have been extended to conceptually compare the traditional shell and tube heat exchanger with shell and plate heat exchangers. These analyses include hydrodynamic, heat transfer, mechanical stress and reliability models applicable to an Intermediate Heat Exchanger (IHX) and Process Coupling Heat Exchangers. It was found that ceramic micro-channel heat exchanger designs proved to have the greatest reliability due to their inherent mechanical properties, minimal thermo-mechanical stresses while improving the performance efficiency in a compact footprint.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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