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TWI Expert to Present FORGE Project Findings at EUROCORR 22

Wed, 20 July, 2022

TWI’s research and product development programme manager, Shiladitya Paul, is set to present findings from the FORGE project at the EUROCORR 2022 conference in Berlin.

Shiladitya, who is also the director of the Materials Innovation Centre (MatIC), will present on the topic of, ‘Development of New Alloys for CCUS.’ The presentation will provide details from the work collaboratively generated with TWI’s Catherine Leahy and Francesco Fanicchia, along with input from Zihui Dong from the University of Leicester, Krzysztof Wieczerzak from the Laboratory for Mechanics of Materials and Nanostructures, and Alvise Bianchin from MBN Nanomaterialia.

Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) is being heralded as an indispensable technology for reducing CO2 emissions in the atmosphere whilst allowing energy-intensive industries, such as steel making and cement production to continue operating. Many energy-intensive industries generate CO2 due to the chemical reactions involved in their processes. These industries rely on materials that are able to withstand aggressive environments for long periods of time to make such processes safe and economically viable. However, the cost of materials that can operate in the harsh conditions required for the efficient processing of CO2 has hindered the adoption of CCUS in these energy intensive industries.

Even when these expensive materials are selected, they may not be capable of withstanding the harsh conditions long enough for the material selection to be prudent. Thus, there is a need to develop new materials from non-critical raw materials that could provide adequate performance in the harsh environments of energy-intensive industries, without significant loss of functionality.

High entropy alloys (HEAs) and compositionally complex alloys (CCAs) are new sets of materials that have the potential to operate under these harsh conditions. These materials, when applied in the form of coatings, can reduce costs significantly while offering the protective efficacy required.

Shiladitya’s presentation will discuss new materials and coatings development in the area of HEA/CCA that have the potential to reduce CO2 emissions in energy-intensive industries by allowing them to operate more efficiently. Some preliminary results on the corrosion performance of newly developed alloys in simulated CCS environments will also be presented.

The EUROCORR 2022 conference is taking place from 28 August to 1 September, in Berlin, with Shiladitya due to present on Tuesday 30 August at 16:40.


The FORGE project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 958457

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