Mark Mitchell, Yutai Katoh and Stephen Gonczy
Presented to SYMPOSIUM 13: International Symposium on Advanced Ceramics and Composites for Sustainable Nuclear Energy and Fusion Energy
Several high-temperature reactors have been designed, built and operated successfully using conventional materials. This application invariably pushed the materials to the edge of their envelope. Over the last 20 years it has become clear that unlocking the use of advanced materials – such as ceramic matrix composites and carbon-carbon composites – will enable significant improvements in the performance of high-temperature reactors.
This presentation provided an overview of some of the work completed to enable the use of these materials in various reactor development programmes, and explained the current work that is being completed in the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code committees to establish codes and standards for this application.