Structural Alloys for Power Plants

Operational Challenges and High-Temperature Materials

Edited by

  • A. Shirzadi, The Open University and University of Cambridge, UK
  • S. Jackson, University of Cambridge, UK

Current fleets of conventional and nuclear power plants face increasing hostile environmental conditions due to increasingly high temperature operation for improved capacity and efficiency, and the need for long term service. Additional challenges are presented by the requirement to cycle plants to meet peak-load operation. This book presents a comprehensive review of structural materials in conventional and nuclear energy applications. Opening chapters address operational challenges and structural alloy requirements in different types of power plants. The following sections review power plant structural alloys and methods to mitigate critical materials degradation in power plants.
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Individuals wanting a comprehensive overview of the materials used in modern power plants; Individuals working in the power generation industry, such as power plant operators, management personnel, original equipment manufacturers; Industrial engineers/metallurgists; Materials scientists and researchers


Book information

  • Published: July 2014
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-0-85709-238-0

Table of Contents


Part 1 Operational challenges and structural alloy requirements

1 Gas turbines: operating conditions, components and material requirements

A. W. James and S. Rajagopalan, Siemens Energy Inc., USA

2 Steam turbines: operating conditions, components and material requirements

S. Osgerby, Alstom Power, UK

3 High temperature materials issues in the design and operation of coal-fired steam turbines and plant

F. Starr, Consultant, UK

4 Nuclear power plants: types, components and material requirements

J. F. Knott, The University of Birmingham, UK

Part 2 Structural alloys and their development

5 Austenitic steels and alloys for power plants

Y. Yin and R. Faulkner, Loughborough University, UK, and F. Starr, Consultant, UK

6 Bainitic steels and alloys for power plants

M. J. Peet, University of Cambridge, UK

7 Ferritic and martensitic steels for power plants

P. J. Ennis, University of Leicester, UK

8 Structural materials containing nanofeatures for advanced energy plants

W. Hoffelner, RWH consult GmbH, Switzerland

9 Development of creep-resistant steels and alloys for use in power plants

F. Abe, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan

10 Development of advanced alloys with improved resistance to corrosion and stress corrosion cracking (SCC) in power plants

S. Prakash, Indian Institute of Technology, India

11 Design and material issues in improving fracture/fatigue resistance and structural integrity in power plants

J. F. Knott, The University of Birmingham, UK

12 Radiation damage to structural alloys in nuclear power plants: mechanisms and remediation

G. S. Was, University of Michigan, USA and P. L. Andresen, GE Global Research, USA

13 The use of advanced alloys to resolve welding problems in power plants

D. J. Abson, TWI, UK and G. Mathers, consultant, UK

14 Modelling creep in nickel alloys in high temperature power plants

H. V. Atkinson and S. P. A. Gill, University of Leicester, UK