WANTED: CMC Test Standards, Design Codes

November 2006
American Ceramic Society Bulletin;Nov2006, Vol. 85 Issue 11, p16
The article discusses the implementation of ceramic-matrix composites (CMC) test standards, design codes and databases as part of the licensing of next-generation nuclear power plants. CMC are prospect materials for industrial applications like heat engines, nozzles and tubing. The particular concerns are component geometries such as tube-shaped control rod guides requiring specific test methods. It is asserted that the lack of standards may hinder further materials development.


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