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New Material Finally Makes It Into Nuclear Code

May 5, 2020

May 5, 2020

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For the first time in 30 years, high-temperature nuclear plants can use a new metal.

By Caroline Delbert

Scientists working at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) have announced the approval of a new high-temperature metal after 12 years and a $15 million Department of Energy investment. Alloy 617, a “combination of nickel, chromium, cobalt and molybdenum,” is tolerant and strong at temperatures of more than 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit. The scientists say this means it could be used in existing high temperature nuclear facilities as well as cutting-edge applications like molten salt reactors.

To read the entire article in Popular Mechanics, click here.