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  1. Solar Absorptance of Cermet Coatings Evaluated

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    Jaworske, Donald A.

    2004-01-01

    Cermet coatings, molecular mixtures of metal and ceramic, are being considered for the heat inlet surface of solar Stirling convertors. In this application, the key role of the cermet coating is to absorb as much of the incident solar energy as possible. To achieve this objective, the cermet coating has a high solar absorptance value. Cermet coatings are manufactured utilizing sputter deposition, and many different metal and ceramic combinations can be created. The ability to mix metal and ceramic at the atomic level offers the opportunity to tailor the composition, and hence, the optical properties of these coatings. The NASA Glenn Research Center has prepared and characterized a wide variety of cermet coatings utilizing different metals deposited in an aluminum oxide ceramic matrix. In addition, the atomic oxygen durability of these coatings has been evaluated.

  2. Cermet Coatings for Solar Stirling Space Power

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    Jaworske, Donald A.; Raack, Taylor

    2004-01-01

    Cermet coatings, molecular mixtures of metal and ceramic are being considered for the heat inlet surface of a solar Stirling space power converter. This paper will discuss the solar absorption characteristics of as-deposited cermet coatings as well as the solar absorption characteristics of the coatings after heating. The role of diffusion and island formation, during the deposition process and during heating will also be discussed.

  3. Cermet coatings for solar Stirling space power

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    Cermet coatings, molecular mixtures of metal and ceramic, are being considered for the heat inlet surface of a solar Stirling space power convertor. The role of the cermet coating is to absorb as much of the incident solar energy as possible. The ability to mix metal and ceramic at the atomic level offers the opportunity to tailor the composition and the solar absorptance of these coatings. Several candidate cermet coatings were created and their solar absorptance was characterized as-manufactured and after exposure to elevated temperatures. Coating composition was purposely varied through the thickness of the coating. As a consequence of changing composition, islands of metal are thought to form in the ceramic matrix. Computer modeling indicated that diffusion of the metal atoms played an important role in island formation while the ceramic was important in locking the islands in place. Much of the solar spectrum is absorbed as it passes through this labyrinth

  4. Zr-ZrO2 cermet solar coatings designed by modelling calculations and deposited by dc magnetron sputtering

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    Zhang, Qi-Chu; Hadavi, M. S.; Lee, K.-D.; Shen, Y. G.

    2003-03-01

    High solar performance Zr-ZrO2 cermet solar coatings were designed using a numerical computer model and deposited experimentally. The layer thickness and Zr metal volume fraction for the Zr-ZrO2 cermet solar selective coatings on a Zr or Al reflector with a surface ZrO2 or Al2O3 anti-reflection layer were optimized to achieve maximum photo-thermal conversion efficiency at 80°C under concentration factors of 1-20 using the downhill simplex method in multi-dimensions in the numerical calculation. The dielectric function and the complex refractive index of Zr-ZrO2 cermet materials were calculated using Sheng's approximation. Optimization calculations show that Al2O3/Zr-ZrO2/Al solar coatings with two cermet layers and three cermet layers have nearly identical solar absorptance, emittance and photo-thermal conversion efficiency that are much better than those for films with one cermet layer. The optimized Al2O3/Zr-ZrO2/Al solar coating film with two cermet layers has a high solar absorptance value of 0.97 and low hemispherical emittance value of 0.05 at 80°C for a concentration factor of 2. The Al2O3/Zr-ZrO2/Al solar selective coatings with two cermet layers were deposited using dc magnetron sputtering technology. During the deposition of Zr-ZrO2 cermet layer, a Zr metallic target was run in a gas mixture of argon and oxygen. By control of oxygen flow rate the different metal volume fractions in the cermet layers were achieved using dc reactive sputtering. A solar absorptance of 0.96 and normal emittance of 0.05 at 80°C were achieved.

  5. Zr-ZrO{sub 2} cermet solar coatings designed by modelling calculations and deposited by dc magnetron sputtering

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    Zhang Qichu [School of Physics, University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia); Hadavi, M S [School of Physics, University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia); Lee, K-D [School of Physics, University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia); Shen, Y G [Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (China)

    2003-03-21

    High solar performance Zr-ZrO{sub 2} cermet solar coatings were designed using a numerical computer model and deposited experimentally. The layer thickness and Zr metal volume fraction for the Zr-ZrO{sub 2} cermet solar selective coatings on a Zr or Al reflector with a surface ZrO{sub 2} or Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} anti-reflection layer were optimized to achieve maximum photo-thermal conversion efficiency at 80 deg. C under concentration factors of 1-20 using the downhill simplex method in multi-dimensions in the numerical calculation. The dielectric function and the complex refractive index of Zr-ZrO{sub 2} cermet materials were calculated using Sheng's approximation. Optimization calculations show that Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Zr-ZrO{sub 2}/Al solar coatings with two cermet layers and three cermet layers have nearly identical solar absorptance, emittance and photo-thermal conversion efficiency that are much better than those for films with one cermet layer. The optimized Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Zr-ZrO{sub 2}/Al solar coating film with two cermet layers has a high solar absorptance value of 0.97 and low hemispherical emittance value of 0.05 at 80 deg. C for a concentration factor of 2. The Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Zr-ZrO{sub 2}/Al solar selective coatings with two cermet layers were deposited using dc magnetron sputtering technology. During the deposition of Zr-ZrO{sub 2} cermet layer, a Zr metallic target was run in a gas mixture of argon and oxygen. By control of oxygen flow rate the different metal volume fractions in the cermet layers were achieved using dc reactive sputtering. A solar absorptance of 0.96 and normal emittance of 0.05 at 80 deg. C were achieved.

  6. Zr-ZrO2 cermet solar coatings designed by modelling calculations and deposited by dc magnetron sputtering

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    High solar performance Zr-ZrO2 cermet solar coatings were designed using a numerical computer model and deposited experimentally. The layer thickness and Zr metal volume fraction for the Zr-ZrO2 cermet solar selective coatings on a Zr or Al reflector with a surface ZrO2 or Al2O3 anti-reflection layer were optimized to achieve maximum photo-thermal conversion efficiency at 80 deg. C under concentration factors of 1-20 using the downhill simplex method in multi-dimensions in the numerical calculation. The dielectric function and the complex refractive index of Zr-ZrO2 cermet materials were calculated using Sheng's approximation. Optimization calculations show that Al2O3/Zr-ZrO2/Al solar coatings with two cermet layers and three cermet layers have nearly identical solar absorptance, emittance and photo-thermal conversion efficiency that are much better than those for films with one cermet layer. The optimized Al2O3/Zr-ZrO2/Al solar coating film with two cermet layers has a high solar absorptance value of 0.97 and low hemispherical emittance value of 0.05 at 80 deg. C for a concentration factor of 2. The Al2O3/Zr-ZrO2/Al solar selective coatings with two cermet layers were deposited using dc magnetron sputtering technology. During the deposition of Zr-ZrO2 cermet layer, a Zr metallic target was run in a gas mixture of argon and oxygen. By control of oxygen flow rate the different metal volume fractions in the cermet layers were achieved using dc reactive sputtering. A solar absorptance of 0.96 and normal emittance of 0.05 at 80 deg. C were achieved

  7. Metal-AlN cermet solar selective coatings deposited by direct current magnetron sputtering technology

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    Zhang, Qi-Chu

    1998-02-01

    A series of metal-aluminium nitride (M-AlN) cermet materials for solar selective coatings was deposited by a novel direct current (d.c.) magnetron sputtering technology. Aluminium nitride was used as the ceramic component in the cermets, and stainless steel (SS), nickel-based alloy 0022-3727/31/4/003/img1 (NiCr), molybdenum-based alloy 0022-3727/31/4/003/img2 (TZM) and tungsten were used as the metallic components. The aluminium nitride ceramic and metallic components of the cermets were deposited by simultaneously running both an aluminium target and another metallic target in a gas mixture of argon and nitrogen. The ceramic component was deposited by d.c. reactive sputtering and the metallic component by d.c. non-reactive sputtering. The total sputtering gas pressure was 0.8-1.0 Pa and the partial pressure of reactive nitrogen gas was set at 0.020-0.025 Pa which is sufficiently high to ensure that a nearly pure AlN ceramic sublayer was deposited by d.c. reactive sputtering. Because of the excellent nitriding resistance of stainless steel and the other alloys and metal, a nearly pure metallic sublayer was deposited by d.c. sputtering at this low nitrogen partial pressure. A multilayered system, consisting of alternating metallic and AlN ceramic sublayers, was deposited by substrate rotation. This multisublayer system can be considered as a macrohomogeneous cermet layer with metal volume fraction determined by controlling the thicknesses of metallic and ceramic sublayers. Following this procedure, M-AlN cermet solar selective coatings with a double cermet layer structure were deposited. The films of these selective surfaces have the following structure: a low metal volume fraction cermet layer is placed on a high metal volume fraction cermet layer which in turn is placed on an aluminium metal infrared reflection layer. The top surface layer consists of an aluminium nitride antireflection layer. A solar absorptance of 0.92-0.96 and a normal emittance of 0.03-0.05 at

  8. Characterization of Cr-O cermet solar selective coatings deposited by using direct-current magnetron sputtering technology

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    Cr-O (Cr-CrO) cermet solar selective coatings with a double cermet layer film structure were prepared by using a special direct-current (dc) magnetron sputtering technology. The typical film structure from the surface to the bottom substrate was an Al2O3 anti-reflection layer on a double Cr-O cermet layer on an Al metal infrared reflection layer. The deposited Cr-O cermet solar selective coating had an absorptance of α = 0.93 - 0.95 and an emittance of ε = 0.09 - 0.10(100 .deg. C). The absorption layers of the Cr-O cermet coatings deposited on glass and silicon substrates were identified as being amorphous by using X-ray diffraction (XRD). Atomic force microscopy (AFM) showed that Cr-O cermet layers were very smooth and that their grain sizes were very small. The result of thermal stability test showed that the Cr-O cermet solar selective coating was stable for use at temperatures of under 400 .deg. C.

  9. Zr-ZrO sub 2 cermet solar coatings designed by modelling calculations and deposited by dc magnetron sputtering

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    Zhang Qi Chu; Lee, K D; Shen, Y G

    2003-01-01

    High solar performance Zr-ZrO sub 2 cermet solar coatings were designed using a numerical computer model and deposited experimentally. The layer thickness and Zr metal volume fraction for the Zr-ZrO sub 2 cermet solar selective coatings on a Zr or Al reflector with a surface ZrO sub 2 or Al sub 2 O sub 3 anti-reflection layer were optimized to achieve maximum photo-thermal conversion efficiency at 80 deg. C under concentration factors of 1-20 using the downhill simplex method in multi-dimensions in the numerical calculation. The dielectric function and the complex refractive index of Zr-ZrO sub 2 cermet materials were calculated using Sheng's approximation. Optimization calculations show that Al sub 2 O sub 3 /Zr-ZrO sub 2 /Al solar coatings with two cermet layers and three cermet layers have nearly identical solar absorptance, emittance and photo-thermal conversion efficiency that are much better than those for films with one cermet layer. The optimized Al sub 2 O sub 3 /Zr-ZrO sub 2 /Al solar coating film w...

  10. Optimizing analysis of W-AlN cermet solar absorbing coatings

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    The layer thickness and tungsten metal volume fraction of W-AlN cermet solar selective absorbing coatings on a W, Cu or Al infrared reflector with a surface aluminium oxynitride (AlON) or Al2O3 ceramic anti-reflector layer were optimized using physical modelling calculations. Due to limited published data for the refractive index of AlN, and likely oxygen contamination during reactive sputtering of AlN ceramic materials, AlON was used as the ceramic component and the published value of its refractive index was employed. The dielectric function and then the complex refractive index of W-AlON cermet materials were calculated using the Ping Sheng approximation. The downhill simplex method in multi-dimensions was used in the numerical calculation to achieve maximum photo-thermal conversion efficiency at 3500C under a concentration factor of 30 for a solar collector tube. Optimization calculation results show that the initial graded (ten-step layers) cermet films all converge to something close to a three-layer film structure, which consists of a low metal volume fraction cermet layer on a high metal volume fraction cermet layer on a metallic infrared reflector with a surface ceramic anti-reflection layer. The optimized three-layer solar coatings have a high solar absorptance of 0.95 for AlON and 0.96 for the Al2O3 anti-reflection layer, and a low hemispherical emittance of 0.073 at 350 deg. C. For the optimized three-layer films the solar radiation is efficiently absorbed internally and by phase interference. Thermal loss is very low for optimized three-layer films due to high reflectance values in the thermal infrared wavelength range and a very sharp edge between low solar reflectance and high thermal infrared reflectance. The high metal volume fraction cermet layer has a metal-like optical behaviour in the thermal infrared wavelength range and makes the largest contribution to the increase of emittance compared with that of the metal infrared reflector. (author)

  11. A review of cermet-based spectrally selective solar absorbers

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    Cao, Feng; McEnaney, Kenneth; Chen, Gang; Ren, Zhifeng

    2013-01-01

    Spectrally selective solar absorbers harvest solar energy in the form of heat. Solar absorbers using cermet-based coatings demonstrate a high absorptance of the solar spectrum and a low emittance in the infrared (IR) regime. Extensive work has been done to optimize cermet-based solar absorbers to achieve high performance by exploring different cermet (ceramic–metal composite) materials and film configurations through different preparation techniques such as electrodeposition, sputtering, puls...

  12. Critical tuning of magnetron sputtering process parameters for optimized solar selective absorption of NiCrO{sub x} cermet coatings on aluminium substrate

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    Gaouyat, Lucie, E-mail: lucie.gaouyat@fundp.ac.be [Solid State Physics Laboratory, Research Center in Physics of Matter and Radiation (PMR), Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP), 61 rue de Bruxelles, B-5000 Namur (Belgium); Mirabella, Frédéric [CRM Group – AC and CS, 57b boulevard de Colonster, B-4000 Liège (Belgium); Deparis, Olivier [Solid State Physics Laboratory, Research Center in Physics of Matter and Radiation (PMR), Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP), 61 rue de Bruxelles, B-5000 Namur (Belgium)

    2013-04-15

    NiCrO{sub x} ceramic–metal composites (i.e. cermets) exhibit not only oxidation and moisture resistances, which are very important for industrial applications, but also remarkable solar selective absorption properties. In order to reach the best optical performances with only one coating layer, tuning of the magnetron sputtering process parameters (O{sub 2} flow rate, pressure and deposition time) was performed systematically. The process window turned out to be very narrow implying a critical tuning of the parameters. The optimal operating point was determined for a single layer coating of NiCrO{sub x} on an aluminium substrate, leading to a spectrally integrated solar absorption as high as 78%. Among various material properties, the focus was put on the optical reflectance of the coating/substrate system, which was measured by UV–vis–NIR spectrophotometry. Using complex refractive index data from the literature, the theoretical reflectance spectra were calculated and found to be in good agreement with the measurements. Chemical analysis combined with scanning electronic and atomic force microscopies suggested a cermet structure consisting of metallic Ni particles and a compound matrix made of a mixture of chromium oxide, nickel oxide and nickel hydroxide.

  13. Overlay metallic-cermet alloy coating systems

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    Gedwill, M. A.; Levine, S. R.; Glasgow, T. K. (Inventor)

    1984-01-01

    A substrate, such as a turbine blade, vane, or the like, which is subjected to high temperature use is coated with a base coating of an oxide dispersed, metallic alloy (cermet). A top coating of an oxidation, hot corrosion, erosion resistant alloy of nickel, cobalt, or iron is then deposited on the base coating. A heat treatment is used to improve the bonding. The base coating serves as an inhibitor to interdiffusion between the protective top coating and the substrate. Otherwise, the protective top coating would rapidly interact detrimentally with the substrate and degrade by spalling of the protective oxides formed on the outer surface at elevated temperatures.

  14. Inverted amorphous silicon solar cell utilizing cermet layers

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    Hanak, Joseph J.

    1979-01-01

    An amorphous silicon solar cell incorporating a transparent high work function metal cermet incident to solar radiation and a thick film cermet contacting the amorphous silicon opposite to said incident surface.

  15. Fabrication and optimisation of highly efficient cermet-based spectrally selective coatings for high operating temperature

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    In terms of both high photo-thermal efficiency and high stability, multi-layer structures based on metal-dielectric composites (cermet) can be considered the most attractive selective solar absorbers for receiver tubes operating at medium-high temperatures in the field of solar thermodynamic plants. The double cermet layer approach represents a very simple fabrication method and can give high performances in terms of high solar absorptance and low hemispherical emittance. Optimised solar coatings based on cermet layers were fabricated in our laboratories by sputtering technique following the double layer approach. The joined employment of ellipsometric measurements and optical simulation is proposed as an effective method to optimise and fabricate coatings showing the best performances at a fixed operating temperature of the receiver tube. Interesting results concerning an optimised spectrally selective coating are shown. Solar absorptance higher than 0.94 and hemispherical emittance at 580 oC lower than 0.13 were obtained.

  16. Aspects of fretting wear of sprayed cermet coatings

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    Two experimental fretting programmes which investigated aspects of fretting wear of sprayed cermet coatings are reviewed. These programmes were conducted in support of components used in the advanced gas-cooled reactor. It is speculated that the results from these programmes are compatible with a simple two-stage wear model. This model assumes that an initial wear process occurs which is dominated by an interlocking and removal of asperities. Such a phase will be dependent on the superficial contact areas and possibly the interfacial load, but the latter aspect is not considered. This initial wear is of very short duration and is followed by a mild, oxidative, wear mode. Coatings data are also compared with those for structural steels. In short-term low temperature tests it appears that structural steels have comparable performance with the cermet coatings but it is argued that this is an artefact of the wear process. However, at high temperatures (6000C) wear of stainless steel could not be determined, the specimens showing a net weight gain. It is concluded that for in-reactor fretting applications cermet coatings will have advantages over structural steels at low temperatures. Even in high temperature regions some operation at low temperatures is experienced and consequently cermet coatings may be useful here also. (orig.)

  17. Structure And Properties Of PVD Coatings Deposited On Cermets

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    Żukowska L.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The main aim of the research is the investigation of the structure and properties of single-layer and gradient coatings of the type (Ti,AlN and Ti(C,N deposited by physical vapour deposition technology (PVD on the cermets substrate.

  18. Improved bonding strength of bioactive cermet Cold Gas Spray coatings.

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    Gardon, M; Concustell, A; Dosta, S; Cinca, N; Cano, I G; Guilemany, J M

    2014-12-01

    The fabrication of cermet biocompatible coatings by means Cold Gas Spray (CGS) provides prosthesis with outstanding mechanical properties and the required composition for enhancing the bioactivity of prosthetic materials. In this study, hydroxyapatite/Titanium coatings were deposited by means of CGS technology onto titanium alloy substrates with the aim of building-up well-bonded homogeneous coatings. Powders were blended in different percentages and sprayed; as long as the amount of hydroxyapatite in the feedstock increased, the quality of the coating was reduced. Besides, the relation between the particle size distribution of ceramic and metallic particles is of significant consideration. Plastic deformation of titanium particles at the impact eased the anchoring of hard hydroxyapatite particles present at the top surface of the coating, which assures the looked-for interaction with the cells. Coatings were immersed in Hank's solution for 1, 4 and 7 days; bonding strength value was above 60 MPa even after 7 days, which enhances common results of HAp coatings obtained by conventional thermal spray technologies. PMID:25491809

  19. Evaluation of cerium oxide coated Cu cermets as inert anodes for aluminum electrowinning

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    1992-08-01

    Cu/NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} cermets were evaluated, with and without an in-situ deposited CEROX (TM; cerium oxide) coating, in 100 h laboratory A1 electrowinning tests. Bath ratio and current density were varied between tests and corrosion was determined by contamination of the aluminum and cryolite by cermet components (Cu, Fe, and Ni). Higher bath ratios of 1.5 to 1.6 led to less corrosion and thicker CEROX coatings. Lower current densities led to slightly less corrosion but much less oxidation of the Cu cermet substrate. At identical test conditions, the corrosion of the CEROX coated cermets was 1/7 that of an uncoated cermet. Corrosion was increased in CEROX coated cermets tested under unsaturated alumina conditions. The electrical conductivity of the CEROX coating was measured to be {approximately}0.2 ohm{sup {minus}1}cm{sup {minus}1}, resulting in a slight voltage penalty, depending on the thickness of the coating.

  20. Design and global optimization of high-efficiency solar thermal systems with tungsten cermets.

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    Chester, David; Bermel, Peter; Joannopoulos, John D; Soljacic, Marin; Celanovic, Ivan

    2011-05-01

    Solar thermal, thermoelectric, and thermophotovoltaic (TPV) systems have high maximum theoretical efficiencies; experimental systems fall short because of losses by selective solar absorbers and TPV selective emitters. To improve these critical components, we study a class of materials known as cermets. While our approach is completely general, the most promising cermet candidate combines nanoparticles of silica and tungsten. We find that 4-layer silica-tungsten cermet selective solar absorbers can achieve thermal transfer efficiencies of 84.3% at 400 K, and 75.59% at 1000 K, exceeding comparable literature values. Three layer silica-tungsten cermets can also be used as selective emitters for InGaAsSb-based thermophotovoltaic systems, with projected overall system energy conversion efficiencies of 10.66% at 1000 K using realistic design parameters. The marginal benefit of adding more than 4 cermet layers is small (less than 0.26%, relative). PMID:21643366

  1. Plasma cermet coatings with nanosized particles of carbides and nitrides of Ti

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    Plasma cermet coatings deposited with the use of local protection of sprayed material against oxidation are under study. It is shown that mechanical alloying of a TiCN-Ni-Mo cermet powder permits attaining uniform distribution of a hardening phase over the matrix. The coatings deposited using this powder have high density structure and high microhardness (up to 14196.2 MPa). On mechanical alloying, sintering and deposition the formation of Ni3(MoTi)C, NiC, MoC, Mo2C, NiTi, Ni3N phases occurs due to TiCN interaction with a matrix

  2. Rugometric and Microtopographic Inspection of Cr–Cr2O3 Cermet Solar Absorbers

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    Manuel F. M. Costa

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available The development of new efficient and cost effective solar energy collectors and converters either quantum or thermal attracts great attention and effort in a number of research laboratories all over the world. Cr–Cr2O3 cermet PVD coatings can be successfully employed in thermal converters. Their energy conversion efficiency depends on their chemical and physical structural characteristics and related optical properties like reflectance, emittance, solar light absorption, or absorptance and transmittance. Parameters such as roughness and topographic characteristics of the produced coatings will greatly influence their relevant optical properties. A careful evaluation of the coatings' roughness and their microtopographic inspection is fundamental. The Cr–Cr2O3 cermet coatings sputter deposited on cooper and aluminium shows similar absorption (92% but the first ones present a better emittance and higher waviness (over 30% with similar roughness. In comparison with commercially available solar panels with a slightly better absorption but worse emittance our coatings have a much lower waviness (∼150% and roughly 50% higher roughness.

  3. Effect of air plasma spraying parameters on WC-Co cermet coating

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    WC-Co cermet coatings were produced on AISI 321 stainless steel samples by air plasma spraying system. In this regard, the coatings were deposited by varying the spraying distance i.e. 80 mm and 100 mm. It was observed that spraying distance play an important role on the final properties of the WC-Co cermet coating. The coatings were characterized by optical and electron microscopy, microhardness testing and X-Ray Diffractometry. A remarkable micro-structural difference was observed between the two coatings. It was observed that the coatings produced at 80 mm having more porosity and un-melted particles as compared to that produced at higher distance. Similarly, the change in concentration of metallurgical phases was also observed. (author)

  4. DURABILITY AND TRIBOLOGICAL PROPERTIES OF THERMALLY SPRAYED WC CERMET COATING IN LUBRICATED ROLLING WITH SLIDING CONTACT

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    Mohammad Ali

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Durability and tribological properties of thermally sprayed WC-Cr-Ni cermet coating were investigated experimentally in lubricated rolling with sliding contact conditions. By means of the high energy type flame spraying (Hi-HVOF method, the coating was formed onto the axially ground and circumferentially ground roller specimens made of a thermally refined carbon steel. In the experiments, the WC cermet coated steel roller was mated with the carburized hardened steel roller without coating in line contact condition. The coated roller was mated with the smooth non-coated roller under a contact pressure of 1.0 or 1.2 GPa, and it was mated with the rough non-coated roller under a contact pressure of 0.6 or 0.8 GPa. As a result, it was found that in general, the coating on the circumferentially ground substrate shows a lower durability compared with that on the axially ground substrate and this difference appears more distinctly for the higher contact pressure for both smooth mating surface and rough mating surface. It was also found that there are significant differences in the tribological properties of WC cermet coating depending on the contact pressure. In addition, depending on the smooth or rough mating surface, remarkable differences in the tribological properties were found.

  5. Assessment of properties thermal sprayed coatings realised using cermet blend powder

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    Brezinová, J.; A. Guzanová; Spišák, E.

    2014-01-01

    The article deals with the assessment of selected properties of plasma sprayed coatings based on ZrSiO4 doped with different volume fractions of metal dopant (Ni). Mixed powders are cermet blends. Aim of the work consists of verificating the possibility to replace the application of Ni interlayer by adding Ni directly to the ceramic powder and apply them together in a single technological operation. The coatings were studied from point of view of their structure, porosity, adhesion of the coa...

  6. Structure and mechanical properties of plasma WC-Co cermet coatings

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    A comparative analysis of phase compositions and microhardness values of WC-Co cermet coatings produced by plasma and high-speed gas-flame spraying has been carried out. It was shown that WC carbide and all type tungsten carbides content in the coatings rise up to 52 and 80% respectively when the plasma flow temperature is decreased. Microhardness of sprayed particles takes a value of 22 GPa while that of initial powder is 23 GPa

  7. Microstructure and mechanical properties of hot isostatically pressed cermets with TiN coatings

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    ZHENG Liyun; XIONG Weihao; YAN Xianmei; LI Guo'an

    2006-01-01

    To increase the adhesion strength between the coating and the substrate, sintered Ti(C,N)-based cermets were selected and deposited with monolayer TiN using a multiarc ion-plating technique; subsequently, hot isostatic pressing (HIPing) treatment was performed at 1000℃ using nitrogen pressure up to 110 MPa. The mechanical properties of cermets after a coating process and subsequent HIPing treatment have been evaluated with respect to the hardness, the residual stress, and the coating adhesion. The results show that after the HIPing process, there was a higher increase in critical load in the TiN-coated cermets with lower surface roughness compared with those with higher surface roughness. In all cases, the residual stress was found to be compressive. The effects of substrate surface roughness and posttreatment on the adhesion strength of the coatings were thus investigated. It was also found that the HIPing posttreatment process is well suited for increasing the adhesion strength between the coating and the substrate.

  8. Assessment of properties thermal sprayed coatings realised using cermet blend powder

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    J. Brezinová

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The article deals with the assessment of selected properties of plasma sprayed coatings based on ZrSiO4 doped with different volume fractions of metal dopant (Ni. Mixed powders are cermet blends. Aim of the work consists of verificating the possibility to replace the application of Ni interlayer by adding Ni directly to the ceramic powder and apply them together in a single technological operation. The coatings were studied from point of view of their structure, porosity, adhesion of the coatings in relation to the volume of dopant added and wear resistance. The best properties reached composite coating doped with 12 % Ni.

  9. Evaluation of cerium oxide coated Cu cermets as inert anodes for aluminum electrowinning. Final report, August 1990--March 1992

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    1992-08-01

    Cu/NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} cermets were evaluated, with and without an in-situ deposited CEROX (TM; cerium oxide) coating, in 100 h laboratory A1 electrowinning tests. Bath ratio and current density were varied between tests and corrosion was determined by contamination of the aluminum and cryolite by cermet components (Cu, Fe, and Ni). Higher bath ratios of 1.5 to 1.6 led to less corrosion and thicker CEROX coatings. Lower current densities led to slightly less corrosion but much less oxidation of the Cu cermet substrate. At identical test conditions, the corrosion of the CEROX coated cermets was 1/7 that of an uncoated cermet. Corrosion was increased in CEROX coated cermets tested under unsaturated alumina conditions. The electrical conductivity of the CEROX coating was measured to be {approximately}0.2 ohm{sup {minus}1}cm{sup {minus}1}, resulting in a slight voltage penalty, depending on the thickness of the coating.

  10. Coating with overlay metallic-cermet alloy systems

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    Gedwill, M. A.; Levine, S. R.; Glasgow, T. K. (Inventor)

    1984-01-01

    A base layer of an oxide dispersed, metallic alloy (cermet) is arc plasma sprayed onto a substrate, such as a turbine blade, vane, or the like, which is subjected to high temperature use. A top layer of an oxidation, hot corrosion, erosion resistant alloy of nickel, cobalt, or iron is then arc plasma sprayed onto the base layer. A heat treatment is used to improve the bonding. The base layer serves as an inhibitor to interdiffusion between the protective top layer and the substrate. Otherwise, the 10 protective top layer would rapidly interact detrimentally with the substrate and degrade by spalling of the protective oxides formed on the outer surface at elevated temperatures.

  11. Effect of chromium addition on the corrosion behavior of WC cermet coatings in strong acid environment

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    Corrosion and corrosion-wear studies on WC cermet coatings were performed in a strong acid (5 wt.% H2SO4) solution. Four different coating compositions such as WC-Co, WC-Ni, WC-Co-Cr, and WC-CrC-Ni were used. An immersion test and an electrochemical test results showed galvanic corrosion occurred between WC particle/binder metal in the coating layers and general corrosion of metallic binder for the WC-Co and WC-Ni coatings. Due to formation of beneficial chromium oxide on the coating surface, the best corrosion resistant and corrosion-wear properties were observed in the WC-Co-Cr coating. For the WC-CrC-Ni coating, the corrosion resistance depended on small inter-connected cracks in the coating layer. (orig.)

  12. Nondestructive evaluation of a cermet coating using ultrasonic and eddy current techniques

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    This paper describes a series of experiments conducted to characterize cermet coatings using conventional ultrasonic and eddy current techniques as well as an ultrasonic leaky surface wave method. The results demonstrate the ability of these techniques to detect the presence of artificial defects on the surface or beneath the surface of the coating. In addition, ultrasonic tests in particular ultrasonic leaky surface waves demonstrate the ability to detect the presence of manufacturing flaws. Ultrasonic time-of-flight and eddy current quadrature measurements also show sensitivity to variations in coating thickness

  13. Plasma cermet WC-Co coatings hardened by micro- and nanosized carbides

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    Significant changes of the structure and phase composition of formed cermet WC-Co coatings are possible under plasma spraying of mechanically alloyed nano- and micro-sized powders. WC carbide content can be lowered from 43.9% in initial powder to 3.8% in coating. During deposition process, intense formation of non-equilibrium phases takes place which are fixed in the coating at quenching from a liquid state at cooling rate of 108 K/s. In spite of the changes of phase composition of WC-Co hard alloy, inner bulk of sprayed particles has a high (15-23 GPa) value of microhardness

  14. Wear Resistant Thermal Sprayed Composite Coatings Based on Iron Self-Fluxing Alloy and Recycled Cermet Powders

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    Andrei SURŽENKOV

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Thermal spray and WC-Co based coatings are widely used in areas subjected to abrasive wear. Commercial  cermet thermal spray powders for HVOF are relatively expensive. Therefore applying these powders in cost-sensitive areas like mining and agriculture are hindered. Nowadays, the use of cheap iron based self-fluxing alloy powders for thermal spray is limited. The aim of this research was to study properties of composite powders based on self-fluxing alloys and recycled cermets and to examine the properties of thermally sprayed (HVOF coatings from composite powders based on iron self-fluxing alloy and recycled cermet powders (Cr3C2-Ni and WC-Co. To estimate the properties of  recycled cermet powders, the sieving analysis, laser granulometry and morphology were conducted. For deposition of coatings High Velocity Oxy-Fuel spray was used. The structure and composition of powders and coatings were estimated by SEM and XRD methods. Abrasive wear performance of coatings was determined and compared with wear resistance of coatings from commercial powders. The wear resistance of thermal sprayed coatings from self-fluxing alloy and recycled cermet powders at abrasion is comparable with wear resistance of coatings from commercial expensive spray powders and may be an alternative in tribological applications in cost-sensitive areas.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.18.1.1338

  15. High temperature solar selective coatings

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    Kennedy, Cheryl E

    2014-11-25

    Improved solar collectors (40) comprising glass tubing (42) attached to bellows (44) by airtight seals (56) enclose solar absorber tubes (50) inside an annular evacuated space (54. The exterior surfaces of the solar absorber tubes (50) are coated with improved solar selective coatings {48} which provide higher absorbance, lower emittance and resistance to atmospheric oxidation at elevated temperatures. The coatings are multilayered structures comprising solar absorbent layers (26) applied to the meta surface of the absorber tubes (50), typically stainless steel, topped with antireflective Savers (28) comprising at least two layers 30, 32) of refractory metal or metalloid oxides (such as titania and silica) with substantially differing indices of refraction in adjacent layers. Optionally, at least one layer of a noble metal such as platinum can be included between some of the layers. The absorbent layers cars include cermet materials comprising particles of metal compounds is a matrix, which can contain oxides of refractory metals or metalloids such as silicon. Reflective layers within the coating layers can comprise refractory metal silicides and related compounds characterized by the formulas TiSi. Ti.sub.3SiC.sub.2, TiAlSi, TiAN and similar compounds for Zr and Hf. The titania can be characterized by the formulas TiO.sub.2, Ti.sub.3O.sub.5. TiOx or TiO.sub.xN.sub.1-x with x 0 to 1. The silica can be at least one of SiO.sub.2, SiO.sub.2x or SiO.sub.2xN.sub.1-x with x=0 to 1.

  16. High temperature oxidation behaviour of nanostructured cermet coatings in a mixed CO2 - O2 environment

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    Farrokhzad, M. A.; Khan, T. I.

    2014-06-01

    Nanostructured ceramic-metallic (cermet) coatings composed of nanosized ceramic particles (α-Al2O3 and TiO2) dispersed in a nickel matrix were co-electrodeposited and then oxidized at 500°C, 600°C and 700°C in a mixed gas using a Thermo-gravimetric Analysis (TGA) apparatus. The mixed gas was composed of 15% CO2, 10% O2 and 75% N2. This research investigates the effects of CO2 and O2 partial pressures on time-depended oxidation rates for coatings and compared them to the results from atmospheric oxidation under similar temperatures. The increase in partial pressure of oxygen due to the presence of CO2 at each tested temperature was calculated and correlated to the oxidation rate of the coatings. The results showed that the presence of CO2 in the system increased the oxidation rate of cermet coatings when compared to atmospheric oxidation at the same temperature. It was also shown that the increase in the oxidation rate is not the result of CO2 acting as the primary oxidant but as a secondary oxidant which results in an increase of the total partial pressure of oxygen and consequently higher oxidation rates. The WDS and XRD analyses results showed that the presence of nanosized TiO2 particles in a nickel matrix can improve oxidation behaviour of the coatings by formation of Ni-Ti compounds on oxidizing surface of the coating which was found beneficiary in reducing the oxidation rates for cermet coatings.

  17. HIGH TEMPERATURE EROSION WEAR OF CERMET PARTICLES REINFORCED SELF-FLUXING ALLOY MATRIX HVOF SPRAYED COATINGS

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    Andrei Surzhenkov

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available In the present paper, the resistance of high velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF sprayed TiC-NiMo and Cr3C2-Ni cermet particles reinforced NiCrSiB self-fluxing alloy matrix coatings to high temperature erosion wear is studied. Microstructure of the coatings was examined by SEM, phase composition was determined by XRD. A four-channel centrifugal particle accelerator was applied to study the high temperature erosion wear of the coatings. The impact angles were 30 and 90 degrees, initial particle velocity was 50 m/s, temperature of the test - 650 degrees. Volume wear of the coatings was calculated and compared to the respective values of the reference materials. Wear mechanisms were studied by SEM.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.21.3.7617

  18. Surface modification of air plasma spraying WC-12%Co cermet coating by laser melting technique

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    Afzal, M.; Ajmal, M.; Nusair Khan, A.; Hussain, A.; Akhter, R.

    2014-03-01

    Tungsten carbide cermet powder with 12%Co was deposited on stainless steel substrate by air plasma spraying method. Two types of coatings were produced i.e. thick (430 µm) and thin (260 µm) with varying porosity and splat morphology. The coated samples were treated with CO2 laser under the shroud of inert atmosphere. A series of experimentation was done in this regard, to optimize the laser parameters. The plasma sprayed coated surfaces were then laser treated on the same parameters. After laser melting the treated surfaces were characterized and compared with as-sprayed surfaces. It was observed that the thickness of the sprayed coatings affected the melt depth and the achieved microstructures. It was noted that phases like Co3W3C, Co3W9C4 and W were formed during the laser melting in both samples. The increase in hardness was attributed to the formation of these phases.

  19. High temperature resistant cermet and ceramic compositions. [for thermal resistant insulators and refractory coatings

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    Phillips, W. M. (Inventor)

    1978-01-01

    High temperature oxidation resistance, high hardness and high abrasion and wear resistance are properties of cermet compositions particularly to provide high temperature resistant refractory coatings on metal substrates, for use as electrical insulation seals for thermionic converters. The compositions comprise a sintered body of particles of a high temperature resistant metal or metal alloy, preferably molybdenum or tungsten particles, dispersed in and bonded to a solid solution formed of aluminum oxide and silicon nitride, and particularly a ternary solid solution formed of a mixture of aluminum oxide, silicon nitride and aluminum nitride. Ceramic compositions comprising a sintered solid solution of aluminum oxide, silicon nitride and aluminum nitride are also described.

  20. Computational design for a wide-angle cermet-based solar selective absorber for high temperature applications

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    The purpose of this study is to computationally design a wide-angle cermet-based solar selective absorber for high temperature applications by using a characteristic matrix method and a genetic algorithm. The present study investigates a solar selective absorber with tungsten–silica (W–SiO2) cermet. Multilayer structures of 1, 2, 3, and 4 layers and a wide range of metal volume fractions are optimized. The predicted radiative properties show good solar performance, i.e., thermal emittances, especially beyond 2 μm, are quite low, in contrast, solar absorptance levels are successfully high with wide angular range, so that solar photons are effectively absorbed and infrared radiative heat loss can be decreased. -- Highlights: • Electromagnetic simulation of radiative properties by characteristic matrix method. • Optimization for multilayered W–SiO2 cermet-based absorber by a Genetic Algorithm. • We propose a successfully high solar performance of solar selective absorber

  1. High Temperature Erosion Wear of Cermet Particles Reinforced Self-Fluxing Alloy HVOF Sprayed Coatings

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    Andrei SURZHENKOV

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The resistance of high velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF sprayed TiC-NiMo and Cr3C2-Ni cermet particles reinforced NiCrSiB self-fluxing alloy coatings to high temperature erosion wear was studied. Microstructure of the coatings was examined by SEM, phase composition was determined by XRD. A four-channel centrifugal particle accelerator was applied to study the high temperature erosion wear of the coatings. The angles of impingement were 30º and 90º, initial particle velocity was 50 m/s, the average temperature of the test – 650 ºC. Volume wear of the coatings was calculated and compared to the respective values of the reference materials. Wear mechanisms were studied by SEM. HVOF sprayed coatings exhibited lower wear, than WC-15Co hardmetal and steel HARDOX 400, but higher wear than steel AISI 304. TiC-NiMo particles reinforced self-fluxing alloy coating demonstrated virtually the same wear resistance, as the Cr3C2-Ni particles reinforced self-fluxing alloy coating, at 30º and the better wear resistance at 90º.

  2. Structure and properties of selected cemented carbides and cermets covered with TiN/(Ti,Al,Si)N/TiN coatings obtained by the cathodic arc evaporation process

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    Leszek A. Dobrzañski; Klaudiusz Golombek

    2005-01-01

    This study presents the results of microstructural examinations, mechanical tests and service performance tests carried out on thin TiN/(Ti,Al,Si)N/TiN wear resistance coatings obtained by the CAE process on cermet and cemented carbide substrates. Microstructural examinations of the applied coatings and the substrate were made with an OPTON DSM 940 SEM and a LEICA MEF4A light microscope. Adhesion of the coatings on cemented carbides and cermets was measured using the scratch test. The cutting...

  3. TiN+gradient or multi(Ti,Al,Si)N+TiN coatings deposited on cermets by CAE process: characteristic of structure and properties

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    L.A. Dobrzański; K. Gołombek

    2005-01-01

    Purpose: It has been demonstrated in the paper that deposition of the multilayer and gradient coatings with the PVD method in the Cathodic Arc Evaporation CAE process on tools made from cermets.Design/methodology/approach: Structural examinations are presented of the applied coatings and their substrate made on the TEM, SEM and on the light microscope. Evaluation of the adhesion of the deposited coatings onto the cermets was made using the scratch test. Cutting properties of the investigated ...

  4. Characterization and High-Temperature Erosion Behaviour of HVOF Thermal Spray Cermet Coatings

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    Kumar, Pardeep; Sidhu, Buta Singh

    2016-01-01

    High-velocity oxygen fuel (HVOF) thermal spray, carbide-cermet-based coatings are usually employed in high-temperature erosive and erosive-corrosive environments. Extensive literature is available on high-temperature erosion performance of HVOF coatings under moderate to low particle flux and velocities for application in boiler tubes. This research work presents the characterization and high-temperature erosion behaviour of Cr3C2-25NiCr and WC-10Co-4Cr HVOF-sprayed coatings. Coatings were formulated on the substrate steel of type AISI 304, commonly used for the fabrication of pulverized coal burner nozzles (PCBN). Erosion testing was carried out in high-temperature air-jet erosion tester after simulating the conditions akin to that prevailing in PCBN in the boiler furnace. The coatings were tested for erosion behaviour at different angles and temperatures by freezing other test parameters. Brittle erosion behaviour was depicted in erosion testing, and the coatings couldn't restrain the erodent attacks to protect the substrate. High particle velocity and high particle flux were attributed to be the reasons of extensive erosive weight loss of the coatings. The surface morphology of the eroded specimens was analysed from back-scattered electron images to depict the probable mechanism of material removal. The coatings were characterized with optical microscopy, SEM-EDS analysis, XRD analysis, micro-hardness testing, porosity measurements, surface roughness testing and bond strength testing. The work was undertaken to investigate the performance of the selected coatings in highly erosive environment, so as to envisage their application in PCBNs for protection against material degradation. The coatings could only sustain in oblique impact erosion at room temperature and depleted fully under all other conditions.

  5. Laser nanostructured Co nanocylinders-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} cermets for enhanced & flexible solar selective absorbers applications

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    Karoro, A., E-mail: angela@tlabs.ac.za [UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences-Nanotechnology, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa, Muckleneuk ridge, PO Box 392, Pretoria (South Africa); Nanosciences African Network (NANOAFNET), iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation, 1 Old Faure road, Somerset West 7129, PO Box 722, Western Cape (South Africa); Nuru, Z.Y.; Kotsedi, L.; Bouziane, Kh. [UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences-Nanotechnology, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa, Muckleneuk ridge, PO Box 392, Pretoria (South Africa); Nanosciences African Network (NANOAFNET), iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation, 1 Old Faure road, Somerset West 7129, PO Box 722, Western Cape (South Africa); Mothudi, B.M. [UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences-Nanotechnology, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa, Muckleneuk ridge, PO Box 392, Pretoria (South Africa); Physics Dept., University of South Africa, Muckleneuk ridge, PO Box 392, Pretoria (South Africa); Maaza, M. [UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences-Nanotechnology, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa, Muckleneuk ridge, PO Box 392, Pretoria (South Africa); Nanosciences African Network (NANOAFNET), iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation, 1 Old Faure road, Somerset West 7129, PO Box 722, Western Cape (South Africa)

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    Highlights: • Co-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} was synthesized by electrodeposition & femtosecond laser structuring. • The ultrafast laser structuring significantly increases the solar absorption. • Co-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} exhibited 0.98 solar absorptance and 0.03 thermal emittance. - Abstract: We report on the structural and optical properties of laser surface structured Co nanocylinders-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} cermets on flexible Aluminium substrate for enhanced solar selective absorbers applications. This new family of solar selective absorbers coating consisting of Co nanocylinders embedded into nanoporous alumina template which were produced by standard electrodeposition and thereafter submitted to femtosecond laser surface structuring. While their structural and chemical properties were investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectrometry and atomic force microscopy, their optical characteristics were investigated by specular & diffuse reflectance. The optimized samples exhibit an elevated optical absorptance α(λ) above 98% and an emittance ε(λ) ∼0.03 in the spectral range of 200–1100 nm. This set of values was suggested to be related to several surface and volume phenomena such as light trapping, plasmon surface effect as well as angular dependence of light reflection induced by the ultrafast laser multi-scale structuring.

  6. Laser nanostructured Co nanocylinders-Al2O3 cermets for enhanced & flexible solar selective absorbers applications

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    Highlights: • Co-Al2O3 was synthesized by electrodeposition & femtosecond laser structuring. • The ultrafast laser structuring significantly increases the solar absorption. • Co-Al2O3 exhibited 0.98 solar absorptance and 0.03 thermal emittance. - Abstract: We report on the structural and optical properties of laser surface structured Co nanocylinders-Al2O3 cermets on flexible Aluminium substrate for enhanced solar selective absorbers applications. This new family of solar selective absorbers coating consisting of Co nanocylinders embedded into nanoporous alumina template which were produced by standard electrodeposition and thereafter submitted to femtosecond laser surface structuring. While their structural and chemical properties were investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectrometry and atomic force microscopy, their optical characteristics were investigated by specular & diffuse reflectance. The optimized samples exhibit an elevated optical absorptance α(λ) above 98% and an emittance ε(λ) ∼0.03 in the spectral range of 200–1100 nm. This set of values was suggested to be related to several surface and volume phenomena such as light trapping, plasmon surface effect as well as angular dependence of light reflection induced by the ultrafast laser multi-scale structuring

  7. High temperature oxidation behaviour of nanostructured cermet coatings in amixed CO/sub 2/ - O/sub 2/ environment

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    Nanostructured ceramic-metallic (cermet) coatings composed of nanosized ceramic particles (alpha-Al /sub 2/O/sub 3/ and TiO/sub 2/) dispersed in a nickel matrix were co-electrodeposited and then oxidized at 500 degree C, 600 degree C and 700 degree C in a mixed gas using a Thermo-gravimetric Analysis (TGA) apparatus. The mixed gas was composed of 15 percentage CO/sub 2/, 10 percentage O/sub 2/ and 75 percentage N/sub 2/. This research investigates the effects of CO/sub 2/ and O/sub 2/ partial pressures on time-depended oxidation rates for coatings and compared them to the results from atmospheric oxidation under similar temperatures. The increase in partial pressure of oxygen due to the presence of CO/sub 2/ at each tested temperature was calculated and correlated to the oxidation rate of the coatings. The results showed that the presence of CO/sub 2/ in the system increased the oxidation rate of cermet coatings when compared to atmospheric oxidation at the same temperature. It was also shown that the increase in the oxidation rate is not the result of CO/sub 2/ acting as the primary oxidant but as a secondary oxidant which results in an increase of the total partial pressure of oxygen and consequently higher oxidation rates. The WDS and XRD analyses results showed that the presence of nanosized TiO/sub 2/ particles in a nickel matrix can improve oxidation behaviour of the coatings by formation of Nu i-Tau i compounds on oxidizing surface of the coating which was found beneficiary in reducing the oxidation rates for cermet coatings. (author)

  8. High temperature oxidation behaviour of nanostructured cermet coatings in a mixed CO2 – O2 environment

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    Nanostructured ceramic-metallic (cermet) coatings composed of nanosized ceramic particles (α-Al2O3 and TiO2) dispersed in a nickel matrix were co-electrodeposited and then oxidized at 500°C, 600°C and 700°C in a mixed gas using a Thermo-gravimetric Analysis (TGA) apparatus. The mixed gas was composed of 15% CO2, 10% O2 and 75% N2. This research investigates the effects of CO2 and O2 partial pressures on time-depended oxidation rates for coatings and compared them to the results from atmospheric oxidation under similar temperatures. The increase in partial pressure of oxygen due to the presence of CO2 at each tested temperature was calculated and correlated to the oxidation rate of the coatings. The results showed that the presence of CO2 in the system increased the oxidation rate of cermet coatings when compared to atmospheric oxidation at the same temperature. It was also shown that the increase in the oxidation rate is not the result of CO2 acting as the primary oxidant but as a secondary oxidant which results in an increase of the total partial pressure of oxygen and consequently higher oxidation rates. The WDS and XRD analyses results showed that the presence of nanosized TiO2 particles in a nickel matrix can improve oxidation behaviour of the coatings by formation of Ni-Ti compounds on oxidizing surface of the coating which was found beneficiary in reducing the oxidation rates for cermet coatings

  9. Laser nanostructured Co nanocylinders-Al2O3 cermets for enhanced & flexible solar selective absorbers applications

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    Karoro, A.; Nuru, Z. Y.; Kotsedi, L.; Bouziane, Kh.; Mothudi, B. M.; Maaza, M.

    2015-08-01

    We report on the structural and optical properties of laser surface structured Co nanocylinders-Al2O3 cermets on flexible Aluminium substrate for enhanced solar selective absorbers applications. This new family of solar selective absorbers coating consisting of Co nanocylinders embedded into nanoporous alumina template which were produced by standard electrodeposition and thereafter submitted to femtosecond laser surface structuring. While their structural and chemical properties were investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectrometry and atomic force microscopy, their optical characteristics were investigated by specular & diffuse reflectance. The optimized samples exhibit an elevated optical absorptance α(λ) above 98% and an emittance ɛ(λ) ∼0.03 in the spectral range of 200-1100 nm. This set of values was suggested to be related to several surface and volume phenomena such as light trapping, plasmon surface effect as well as angular dependence of light reflection induced by the ultrafast laser multi-scale structuring.

  10. Corrosion behavior of laser-clad Mo2NiB2 cermet coating on low carbon steel substrate

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    A Mo2NiB2 cermet coating on low carbon steel substrate was fabricated by laser cladding technique. The coating consisted of γ-(Fe, Ni) as a metallic matrix binder and Mo2NiB2 particles as a reinforced phase distributed uniformly in the microstructure. Corrosion behavior of the coating was investigated and the commercial 1Cr, 304SS, and G3 were used for comparison. G3 exhibited the highest corrosion resistance and 1Cr the lowest corrosion resistance, whereas 304SS and the coating exhibited the intermediate and similar corrosion resistance. However, the severe pitting corrosion which was observed in 304SS did not exist for the coating. (author)

  11. Acoustic emission analysis of Vickers indentation fracture of cermet and ceramic coatings

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    The aim of this work was to develop an instrumented experimental methodology of quantitative material evaluation based on the acoustic emission (AE) monitoring of a dead-weight Vickers indentation. This was to assess the degree of cracking and hence the toughness of thermally sprayed coatings. AE data were acquired during indentation tests on samples of coatings of nominal thickness 250–325 µm at a variety of indentation loads ranging from 49 to 490 N. Measurements were carried out on five different carbide and ceramic coatings (HVOF as-sprayed WC-12%Co (JP5000 and JetKote), HIPed WC-12%Co (JetKote) and as-sprayed Al2O3 (APS/Metco and HVOF/theta-gun)). The raw AE signals recorded during indentation were analysed and the total surface crack length around the indent determined. The results showed that the total surface crack length measured gave fracture toughness (K1c) values which were consistent with the published literature for similar coatings but evaluated using the classical approach (Palmqvist/half-penny model). Hence, the total surface crack length criteria can be applied to ceramic and cermet coatings which may or may not exhibit fracture via radial cracks. The values of K1c measured were 3.4 ± 0.1 MPa m1/2 for high-velocity oxygen fuel (HVOF) (theta-gun) Al2O3, 4.6 ± 0.3 MPa m1/2 for as-sprayed HVOF (JetKote) WC-12%Co, 7.1±0.1 MPa m1/2 for as-sprayed HVOF (JP5000) WC-12%Co and 7.4 ± 0.2 MPa m1/2 for HIPed HVOF (JetKote) WC-12%Co coatings. The crack lengths were then calibrated against the AE response and correlation coefficients evaluated. The values of K1c measured using AE correlations were 3.3 MPa m1/2 for HVOF (theta-gun) Al2O3, 2.6 MPa m1/2 for APS (Metco) Al2O3, 2.5 MPa m1/2 for as-sprayed HVOF (JetKote) WC-12%Co, 6.3 MPa m1/2 for as-sprayed HVOF (JP5000) WC-12%Co and 8.6 MPa m1/2 for HIPed HVOF (JetKote) WC-12%Co coatings. It is concluded that within each category of coating type, AE can be used as a suitable surrogate for crack length

  12. Corrosion properties of HVOF cermet coatings with bond coats in an aqueous chloride environment

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    WC-17Co coatings with Ni-5Al bonding layers were deposited on Al-7075 by HVOF spraying. The top-coat consisted of layers comprising tungsten carbide particles embedded in a Co(W,C) matrix of varied composition.The coated specimens were subjected to potentiodynamic polarization in 3.5% aqueous NaCl at 25, 35 and 45 deg. C. The coatings exhibited pseudopassivity caused by the oxidation of tungsten, carbon and possibly cobalt. Chronoamperometric measurements indicated that the inhomogeneous binder composition induced active corrosion processes taking place simultaneously with pseudopassivity. Cyclic polarization suggested that the coatings were not susceptible to pit corrosion in the temperature range of 25-45 deg. C. The likely 'critical pitting' temperature of the coatings was 60 deg. C. Higher testing temperatures led to lower corrosion potentials and faster corrosion kinetics

  13. Electrocurtain coating process for coating solar mirrors

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    Kabagambe, Benjamin; Boyd, Donald W.; Buchanan, Michael J.; Kelly, Patrick; Kutilek, Luke A.; McCamy, James W.; McPheron, Douglas A.; Orosz, Gary R.; Limbacher, Raymond D.

    2013-10-15

    An electrically conductive protective coating or film is provided over the surface of a reflective coating of a solar mirror by flowing or directing a cation containing liquid and an anion containing liquid onto the conductive surface. The cation and the anion containing liquids are spaced from, and preferably out of contact with one another on the surface of the reflective coating as an electric current is moved through the anion containing liquid, the conductive surface between the liquids and the cation containing liquid to coat the conductive surface with the electrically conductive coating.

  14. Structure and properties of selected cemented carbides and cermets covered with TiN/(Ti,Al,SiN/TiN coatings obtained by the cathodic arc evaporation process

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    Leszek A. Dobrzañski

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available This study presents the results of microstructural examinations, mechanical tests and service performance tests carried out on thin TiN/(Ti,Al,SiN/TiN wear resistance coatings obtained by the CAE process on cermet and cemented carbide substrates. Microstructural examinations of the applied coatings and the substrate were made with an OPTON DSM 940 SEM and a LEICA MEF4A light microscope. Adhesion of the coatings on cemented carbides and cermets was measured using the scratch test. The cutting properties of the materials were determined from service tests in which continuous machining of C45E steel was carried out. The hardness of the substrate and the microhardness of the coatings were determined with a DUH 202 SHIMADZU ultra microhardness tester with a load of 70 mN. Roughness tests were also carried out before applying the coatings and after the PVD process. Cutting tests confirmed the advantages of the TiN/(Ti,Al,SiN/TiN type coatings obtained using the PVD method in the CAE mode on cemented carbides and cermets, as a material that undergoes very low abrasive, thermal and adhesion wear. These coatings extend tool life compared to commercially available uncoated tools with single and multi-layer coatings deposited using PVD/CVD methods.

  15. Evaluation of Die-Soldering and Erosion Resistance of High Velocity Oxy-Fuel Sprayed MoB-Based Cermet Coatings

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    Khan, Faisal Farooq; Bae, Gyuyeol; Kang, Kicheol; Na, Hyuntaek; Kim, Junghwan; Jeong, Taeho; Lee, Changhee

    2011-09-01

    Soldering and erosion are two of the biggest serious problems faced in the die-casting industries. Cermet coatings utilized by high-velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) spray technology have been developed in an attempt to overcome these problems. MoB-based cermet feedstock powders (MoB/NiCr and MoB/CoCr) were deposited on SKD61 (AISI H-13) substrates used as a preferred die (mold) material. Microstructural and mechanical properties of the coatings have been characterized by scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, Romulus bond strength test, and Vickers microhardness test. The durability of these coatings on cylindrical specimens against soldering also has been investigated by immersing in molten aluminum alloy (ADC-12) for 25 h at 670 °C and subsequently, compared with that of NiCr and CoMoCr coatings. Both types of MoB-based cermet coatings have shown high soldering resistance as negligible intermetallic formation occurred during the immersion test. This result is attributed to the existence of multiple inert borides in the coatings. The coatings also showed excellent mechanical properties. MoB/NiCr, in particular, showed higher bond strength, hardness, and wear resistance than MoB/CoCr. This suggests that MoB/NiCr will show higher durability than MoB/CoCr, NiCr, and CoMoCr during high pressure die-casting of aluminum alloys.

  16. Erosion-oxidation behavior of thermal sprayed Ni20Cr alloy and WC and Cr3C2 cermet coatings

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    Clarice Terui Kunioshi

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available An apparatus to conduct high temperature erosion-oxidation studies up to 850 °C and with particle impact velocities up to 15 m.s-1 was designed and constructed in the Corrosion Laboratories of IPEN. The erosion-oxidation behavior of high velocity oxy fuel (HVOF sprayed alloy and cermet coatings of Ni20Cr, WC 20Cr7Ni and Cr3C2 Ni20Cr on a steel substrate has been studied. Details of this apparatus and the erosion-oxidation behavior of these coatings are presented and discussed. The erosion-oxidation behavior of HVOF coated Cr3C2 25(Ni20Cr was better than that of WC 20Cr7Ni, and the erosion-oxidation regimes have been identified for these coatings at particle impact velocity of 3.5 m.s-1, impact angle of 90° and temperatures in the range 500 to 850 °C.

  17. Direct metal brazing to cermet feedthroughs

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    An improved method for brazing metallic components to a cermet surface in an alumina substrate eliminates the prior art metallized layer over the cermet via and adjoining alumina surfaces. Instead, a nickel layer is applied over the cermet surface only and metallic components are brazed directly to this nickel coated cermet surface. As a result, heretofore unachievable tensile strength joints are produced. In addition, cermet vias with their brazed metal components can be spaced more closely in the alumina substrate because of the elimination of the prior art metallized alumina surfaces

  18. TiN+gradient or multi(Ti,Al,SiN+TiN coatings deposited on cermets by CAE process: characteristic of structure and properties

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    L.A. Dobrzański

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: It has been demonstrated in the paper that deposition of the multilayer and gradient coatings with the PVD method in the Cathodic Arc Evaporation CAE process on tools made from cermets.Design/methodology/approach: Structural examinations are presented of the applied coatings and their substrate made on the TEM, SEM and on the light microscope. Evaluation of the adhesion of the deposited coatings onto the cermets was made using the scratch test. Cutting properties of the investigated materials were determined basing on the technological continuous cutting tests of the C45E steel. Microhardness tests of the deposited coatings were made on the ultra-micro-hardness tester. Surface roughness tests were also made before depositing the coatings and after completing the PVD process.Findings: It has been demonstrated in this work that deposition of the TiN+(Ti,Al,SiN+TiN multilayer or gradient coatings with the PVD (Cathodic Arc Evaporation process on tools made from cemented carbides, results in the increase of coatings’ hardness and improvement of their adhesion to the substrate, in comparison with the multiple-layer coatings deposited using the PVD method on the same substrate materials, deciding improvement of the working properties of cutting tools coated with the TiN+gradient or multi(Ti,Al,SiN+TiN system coatings, compared with coatings developed on the same sintered tool materials, but uncoated or coated with simple coatings.Practical implications: Gradient coatings deposited with the CAE method onto the cermet substrate qualify for the widespread industrial use on cutting tools and offering the possibility to use them in the pro-ecological dry cutting processes without the use of the cutting fluids and in the „Near-Net-Shape” technology.Originality/value: In the paper the research of newly worked out multilayer and gradient TiN+(Ti,Al,SiN+TiN nanocrystalline coatings deposited in the PVD method on cermets carried out in order to

  19. Coefficient of Friction Measured from Nano- to Macro-Normal Loads on Plasma Sprayed Nanostructured Cermet Coatings

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    Basak, A. K.; Celis, J.-P.; Vardavoulias, M.; Matteazzi, P.

    2014-02-01

    Alumina dispersed FeCuAl-based nanostructured cermet coatings were deposited from nanostructured powders by atmospheric plasma spraying on low carbon steel substrates. Nanostructuring was retained in the deposited coatings which exhibit up to four distinctive phases as revealed by electron microscopy. In this study, the friction behavior of the distinctive phases at nano-normal load scale was investigated alongside their contribution to the overall friction behavior at macro-normal load scale. Friction behavior at nano-normal load scale was investigated by lateral force microscopy, whereas conventional tribometers were used for investigations at micro and macro-normal loads. It appeared that, the friction measured at nano-normal loads on individual phases is dictated by both composition and hardness of the corresponding phases, and thus influences the overall friction behavior of the coatings at macro-normal loads. Moreover, the coefficient of friction at macro-normal loads differs from the one at nano-normal loads, and deviates from Amonton's friction law.

  20. Abrasive wear behaviour of conventional and large-particle tungsten carbide-based cermet coatings as a function of abrasive size and type

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    Kamdi, Z.; Shipway, P.H.; Voisey, K.T.; Sturgeon, A.J.

    2011-01-01

    Abrasive wear behaviour of materials can be assessed using a wide variety of testing methods, and the relative performance of materials will tend to depend upon the testing procedure employed. In this work, two cermet type coatings have been examined, namely (i) a conventional tungsten carbide-cobalt thermally sprayed coating with a carbide size of between ∼0.3 – 5 μm and (ii) a tungsten carbide-nickel alloy weld overlay with large spherical carbides of the order of ∼50 – 140 μm in diameter (...

  1. Formation of molybdenum boride cermet coating by the detonation spray process

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    Yang, Gao; Zu-Kun, Hei; Xiaolei, Xu; Gang, Xin

    2001-09-01

    The effects of the powder particle size and the acetylene/oxygen gas flow ratio during the detonation spray process on the amount of molybdenum phase, porosity, and hardness of the coatings using MoB powder were investigated by x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), etc. The results show that the presence of metallic molybdenum in the coating results from decomposition of MoB powder during thermal spray. The compositions of the coatings are metallic Mo, MoB, and Mo2B, which are different from the phases of the original powder. The amount of molybdenum phase increases monotonously with the oxygen/acetylene ratio, but the increasing rate for the fine powder is faster than that for the coarse powder. The porosity and hardness of the coating are related to the amount of molybdenum phase. The phase constitution of the coating is discussed.

  2. Influence of the HVOF Gas Composition on the Thermal Spraying of WC-Co Submicron Powders (-8 + 1 μm) to Produce Superfine Structured Cermet Coatings

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    Tillmann, W.; Vogli, E.; Baumann, I.; Matthaeus, G.; Ostrowski, T.

    2008-12-01

    Thermal spraying technology represents a novel and promising approach to protect forming tools with complex surfaces and highest shape accuracy against abrasive wear and galling. However, due to high or nonuniform layer thicknesses or inappropriate surface roughness conventional coarse-structured coatings are not suitable to achieve this aim. The application of novel submicron or nanoscaled feedstock materials in the thermal spray process can provide the deposition of cermet coatings with significantly improved characteristics and is recently of great interest in science and industry. In this collaborative study, the feeding and HVOF spraying of WC-Co submicron powders (-8 + 1 μm) have been investigated to manufacture superfine structured, wear resistant, near-net-shape coatings with improved macroscopic properties and smooth surfaces. The influences of varying HVOF gas compositions on the spray process and the coating properties have been analyzed.

  3. Absorptive coating for aluminum solar panels

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    Desmet, D.; Jason, A.; Parr, A.

    1979-01-01

    Method for coating forming coating of copper oxide from copper component of sheet aluminum/copper alloy provides strong durable solar heat collector panels. Copper oxide coating has solar absorption characteristics similar to black chrome and is much simpler and less costly to produce.

  4. Coating, Titanium Dioxide and Solar Cell

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    Yang, Aohan

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this bachelor’s thesis is to get basic ideas about coating and a deep understanding of properties of titanium dioxide pigments as well as their application and performance in solar electricity energy technology. This thesis consists of three main parts, eight chapters. The first part is about basic knowledge of coating and tests of coated paper. Coating pigments are generally introduced in the part. In the second part, coating additives are introduced in details from ...

  5. Cermet materials, self-cleaning cermet filters, apparatus and systems employing same

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    Kong, Peter C.

    2005-07-19

    A self-cleaning porous cermet material, filter and system utilizing the same may be used in filtering particulate and gaseous pollutants from internal combustion engines having intermetallic and ceramic phases. The porous cermet filter may be made from a transition metal aluminide phase and an alumina phase. Filler materials may be added to increase the porosity or tailor the catalytic properties of the cermet material. Additionally, the cermet material may be reinforced with fibers or screens. The porous filter may also be electrically conductive so that a current may be passed therethrough to heat the filter during use. Further, a heating element may be incorporated into the porous cermet filter during manufacture. This heating element can be coated with a ceramic material to electrically insulate the heating element. An external heating element may also be provided to heat the cermet filter during use.

  6. High Temperature Oxidation of Nickel-based Cermet Coatings Composed of Al2O3 and TiO2 Nanosized Particles

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    Farrokhzad, M. A.; Khan, T. I.

    2014-09-01

    New technological challenges in oil production require materials that can resist high temperature oxidation. In-Situ Combustion (ISC) oil production technique is a new method that uses injection of air and ignition techniques to reduce the viscosity of bitumen in a reservoir and as a result crude bitumen can be produced and extracted from the reservoir. During the in-situ combustion process, production pipes and other mechanical components can be exposed to air-like gaseous environments at extreme temperatures as high as 700 °C. To protect or reduce the surface degradation of pipes and mechanical components used in in-situ combustion, the use of nickel-based ceramic-metallic (cermet) coating produced by co-electrodeposition of nanosized Al2O3 and TiO2 have been suggested and earlier research on these coatings have shown promising oxidation resistance against atmospheric oxygen and combustion gases at elevated temperatures. Co-electrodeposition of nickel-based cermet coatings is a low-cost method that has the benefit of allowing both internal and external surfaces of pipes and components to be coated during a single electroplating process. Research has shown that the volume fraction of dispersed nanosized Al2O3 and TiO2 particles in the nickel matrix which affects the oxidation resistance of the coating can be controlled by the concentration of these particles in the electrolyte solution, as well as the applied current density during electrodeposition. This paper investigates the high temperature oxidation behaviour of novel nanostructured cermet coatings composed of two types of dispersed nanosized ceramic particles (Al2O3 and TiO2) in a nickel matrix and produced by coelectrodeposition technique as a function of the concentration of these particles in the electrolyte solution and applied current density. For this purpose, high temperature oxidation tests were conducted in dry air for 96 hours at 700 °C to obtain mass changes (per unit of area) at specific time

  7. Antisoiling Coatings for Solar-Energy Devices

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    Cuddihy, E. F.; Willis, P.

    1986-01-01

    Fluorocarbons resist formation of adherent deposits. Promising coating materials reduce soiling of solar photovoltaic modules and possibly solar thermal collectors. Contaminating layers of various degrees of adherence form on surfaces of devices, partially blocking incident solar energy, reducing output power. Loose soil deposits during dry periods but washed off by rain. New coatings help prevent formation of more-adherent, chemically and physically bonded layers rain alone cannot wash away.

  8. Solid solution lithium alloy cermet anodes

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    Richardson, Thomas J.

    2013-07-09

    A metal-ceramic composite ("cermet") has been produced by a chemical reaction between a lithium compound and another metal. The cermet has advantageous physical properties, high surface area relative to lithium metal or its alloys, and is easily formed into a desired shape. An example is the formation of a lithium-magnesium nitride cermet by reaction of lithium nitride with magnesium. The reaction results in magnesium nitride grains coated with a layer of lithium. The nitride is inert when used in a battery. It supports the metal in a high surface area form, while stabilizing the electrode with respect to dendrite formation. By using an excess of magnesium metal in the reaction process, a cermet of magnesium nitride is produced, coated with a lithium-magnesium alloy of any desired composition. This alloy inhibits dendrite formation by causing lithium deposited on its surface to diffuse under a chemical potential into the bulk of the alloy.

  9. Cermet electrode

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    Maskalick, Nicholas J.

    1988-08-30

    Disclosed is a cermet electrode consisting of metal particles of nickel, cobalt, iron, or alloys or mixtures thereof immobilized by zirconia stabilized in cubic form which contains discrete deposits of about 0.1 to about 5% by weight of praseodymium, dysprosium, terbium, or a mixture thereof. The solid oxide electrode can be made by covering a substrate with particles of nickel, cobalt, iron, or mixtures thereof, growing a stabilized zirconia solid oxide skeleton around the particles thereby immobilizing them, contacting the skeleton with a compound of praseodymium, dysprosium, terbium, or a mixture thereof, and heating the skeleton to a temperature of at least 500.degree. C. The electrode can also be made by preparing a slurry of nickel, cobalt, iron, or mixture and a compound of praseodymium, dysprosium, terbium, or a mixture thereof, depositing the slurry on a substrate, heating the slurry to dryness, and growing a stabilized zirconia skeleton around the metal particles.

  10. Oxidation-resistant cermet

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    Phillips, W. M.

    1977-01-01

    Chromium metal alloys and chromium oxide ceramic are combined to produce cermets with oxidation-resistant properties. Application of cermets includes use in hot corrosive environments requiring strong resistive materials.

  11. High temperature oxidation resistant cermet compositions

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    Phillips, W. M. (Inventor)

    1976-01-01

    Cermet compositions are designed to provide high temperature resistant refractory coatings on stainless steel or molybdenum substrates. A ceramic mixture of chromium oxide and aluminum oxide form a coating of chromium oxide as an oxidation barrier around the metal particles, to provide oxidation resistance for the metal particles.

  12. Cermet fuel thermal conductivity

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    Cermets have been proposed as a candidate fuel for space reactors for several reasons, including their potential for high thermal conductivity. However, there is currently no accepted model for cermet fuel thermal conductivity. The objective of the work reported in this paper was to (a) investigate the adequacy of existing models; (b) develop, if necessary, an improved model; and (c) provide recommendations for future work on cermet thermal conductivity. The results from this work indicate that further work is needed to accurately characterize cermet fuel thermal conductivity. It was determined that particle shape and orientation have a large impact on cermet thermal conductivity

  13. Fabrication and thermal conductivity of boron carbide/copper cermet

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    Studies on fabrication and thermal conductivity of B4C/Cu cermet were made to obtain high performance neutron absorber materials for Liquid Metal-cooled Fast Breeder Reactor (LMFBR). A mixed powder of B4C and Cu was mechanically blended at high speed thereby a coating layer of Cu was formed on the surface of B4C powder. Then the B4C powder with Cu coating was hot pressed at temperatures from 950 to 1,050degC to form a B4C cermet. A high density B4C/Cu cermet with 70 vol% of B4C and relative density higher than 90% was successfully fabricated. In spite of the low volume fraction of Cu, the B4C/Cu cermet exhibited high thermal conductivity which originated from the existence of continuous metallic phase Cu in B4C/Cu cermet. (author)

  14. Corrosion resistance of tungsten carbide based cermet coatings deposited by High Velocity Oxy-Fuel spray process

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    WC-17Ni and WC-17Co coatings were deposited on mild steel and stainless steel substrates by High Velocity Oxy-Fuel (HVOF) spray process. WC-17Ni and WC-17Co coatings were obtained by the spray process and the porosity of these coatings was measured. Polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) were performed on both uncoated substrates and coated samples immersed in 3% NaCl solution. WC-17Ni coating with a lower porosity, serve as a better barrier and effectively prevented corrosion attack when it was deposited on mild steel substrate. The nickel binder in the WC-17Ni coating was found to have a better corrosion resistance than the cobalt binder in the WC-17Co coating

  15. TRANSPARENT COATINGS FOR SOLAR CELLS RESEARCH

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    Glatkowski, P. J.; Landis, D. A.

    2013-04-16

    Todays solar cells are fabricated using metal oxide based transparent conductive coatings (TCC) or metal wires with optoelectronic performance exceeding that currently possible with Carbon Nanotube (CNT) based TCCs. The motivation for replacing current TCC is their inherent brittleness, high deposition cost, and high deposition temperatures; leading to reduced performance on thin substrates. With improved processing, application and characterization techniques Nanofiber and/or CNT based TCCs can overcome these shortcomings while offering the ability to be applied in atmospheric conditions using low cost coating processes At todays level of development, CNT based TCC are nearing commercial use in touch screens, some types of information displays (i.e. electronic paper), and certain military applications. However, the resistivity and transparency requirements for use in current commercial solar cells are more stringent than in many of these applications. Therefore, significant research on fundamental nanotube composition, dispersion and deposition are required to reach the required performance commanded by photovoltaic devices. The objective of this project was to research and develop transparent conductive coatings based on novel nanomaterial composite coatings, which comprise nanotubes, nanofibers, and other nanostructured materials along with binder materials. One objective was to show that these new nanomaterials perform at an electrical resistivity and optical transparency suitable for use in solar cells and other energy-related applications. A second objective was to generate new structures and chemistries with improved resistivity and transparency performance. The materials also included the binders and surface treatments that facilitate the utility of the electrically conductive portion of these composites in solar photovoltaic devices. Performance enhancement venues included: CNT purification and metallic tube separation techniques, chemical doping, CNT

  16. Deposition of various metal, ceramic, and cermet coatings by an industrial-scale large area filtered arc deposition process

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    Nearly defect-free nitride, carbide, and oxiceramic coatings have been deposited by a unidirectional dual large area filtered arc deposition (LAFAD) process. One LAFAD dual arc vapor plasma source was used in both gas ionization and coating deposition modes with and without vertical magnetic rastering of the plasma flow. Substrates made of different metal alloys, as well as carbide and ceramics, were installed at different vertical positions on the 0.5 m diameter turntable of the industrial-scale batch coating system which was rotated at 12 rpm to assess deposition rates and coating thickness uniformity. Targets of the same or different compositions were installed on the primary cathodic arc sources of the LAFAD plasma source to deposit a variety of coating compositions by mixing the metal vapor and reactive gaseous components in a magnetically confined, strongly ionized plasma flow with large kinetic energy. The maximum deposition rate typically ranged from 1.5 μm/h for TiCr/TiCrN to 2.5 μm/h for Ti/TiN multilayer and AlN single layer coatings, and up to 6 μm/h for AlCr-based oxiceramic coatings for primary cathode current ranging from 120 to 140 A. When the arc current was increased to 200 A, the deposition rates of TiN-based coatings were as high as 5 μm/h. The vertical coating thickness uniformity was ±15% inside of a 150 mm area without vertical rastering. Vertical rastering increased the uniform coating deposition area up to 250 mm. The coating thickness distribution was well correlated with the output ion current distribution as measured by a multisection ion collector probe. Coatings were characterized for thickness, surface profile, adhesion, hardness, and elemental composition. Estimates of electrical resistivity indicated good dielectric properties for most of the TiCrAlY-based oxiceramic, oxinitride, and nitride coatings. The multielement LAFAD plasma flow consisting of fully ionized metal vapor with a reactive gas ionization rate in excess of 50

  17. Molybdenum-base cermet fuel development

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    Development of a multimegawatt (MMW) space nuclear power system requires identification and resolution of several technical feasibility issues before selecting one or more promising system concepts. Demonstration of reactor fuel fabrication technology is required for cermet-fueled reactor concepts. MMW reactor fuel development activity at Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) is focused on producing a molybdenum-matrix uranium-nitride (UN) fueled cermet. This cermet is to have a high matrix density (≥95%) for high strength and high thermal conductance coupled with a high particle (UN) porosity (∼25%) for retention of released fission gas at high burnup. Fabrication process development involves the use of porous TiN microspheres as surrogate fuel material until porous UN microspheres become available. Process development has been conducted in the areas of microsphere synthesis, particle sealing/coating, and high-energy-rate forming (HERF) and vacuum hot press consolidation techniques. This paper summarizes the status of these activities

  18. Heterogeneous composite bodies with isolated lenticular shaped cermet regions

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    Sherman, Andrew J.

    2009-12-22

    A heterogeneous body having ceramic rich cermet regions in a more ductile metal matrix. The heterogeneous bodies are formed by thermal spray operations on metal substrates. The thermal spray operations apply heat to a cermet powder and project it onto a solid substrate. The cermet powder is composed of complex composite particles in which a complex ceramic-metallic core particle is coated with a matrix precursor. The cermet regions are generally comprised of complex ceramic-metallic composites that correspond approximately to the core particles. The cermet regions are approximately lenticular shaped with an average width that is at least approximately twice the average thickness. The cermet regions are imbedded within the matrix phase and generally isolated from one another. They have obverse and reverse surfaces. The matrix phase is formed from the matrix precursor coating on the core particles. The amount of heat applied during the formation of the heterogeneous body is controlled so that the core particles soften but do not become so fluid that they disperse throughout the matrix phase. The force of the impact on the surface of the substrate tends to flatten them. The flattened cermet regions tend to be approximately aligned with one another in the body.

  19. 激光熔覆MoB/CoCr金属陶瓷涂层的微观组织%Microstructure of MoB/CoCr cermet coating by laser cladding

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    陈枭; 纪岗昌; 王洪涛; 白小波; 林厚勤; 温雨

    2012-01-01

    MoB/CoCr cermet coating was prepared on 45 steel surface by using 5 kW CO2 laser. Microstructure, composition analysis and microhardness were studied. The results show that MoB/CoCr cermet coating is metallurgically bonded with substrate. The main elements of cladding layer are Mo, Cr and Co, the content of Fe ( wt% ) are increased obviously for diffusing among the alloyed zone. The hardness of the cladding layer is obviously higher than that of the substrate, which achieves the effect of surface strengthening.%采用5 kW CO2激光器在45钢表面激光熔覆制备MoB/CoCr金属陶瓷涂层,对涂层的微观组织、成分分布和显微硬度进行研究。结果表明,MoB/CoCr金属陶瓷涂层组织致密,与基体呈冶金结合。激光熔覆的熔覆区中的主要元素是Mo、Cr和Co,合金化区由于元素互扩散,Fe元素含量明显增加。激光熔覆后MoB/CoCr金属陶瓷涂层的硬度远远大于基体的硬度,起到了表面强化的作用。

  20. Electrochemical nano-coating processes in solar energy systems

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    F. Kadırgan

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The efficiencies of electrochemically prepared nano-thick CdS and black nickel coatings were investigated as a function of their preparation conditions in the application field of energy; such as, solar-electricity conversion, solar cells, and solar-thermal conversion, spectrally selective solar collectors.

  1. Electrochemical nano-coating processes in solar energy systems

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    Kadırgan, F.

    2006-01-01

    The efficiencies of electrochemically prepared nano-thick CdS and black nickel coatings were investigated as a function of their preparation conditions in the application field of energy; such as, solar-electricity conversion, solar cells, and solar-thermal conversion, spectrally selective solar collectors.

  2. Cermet fuel reactors

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    Cermet fueled nuclear reactors are attractive candidates for high performance space power systems. The cermet fuel consists of tungsten-urania hexagonal fuel blocks characterized by high strength at elevated temperatures, a high thermal conductivity and resultant high thermal shock resistance. The concept evolved in the 1960's with the objective of developing a reactor design which could be used for a wide range of mobile power generation systems including both Brayton and Rankine power conversion cycles. High temperature thermal cycling tests and in-reactor irradiation tests using cermet fuel were carried out by General Electric in the 1960's as part of the 710 Development Program and by Argonne National laboratory in a subsequent activity. Cermet fuel development programs are currently underway at Argonne National laboratory and Pacific Northwest Laboratory as part of the Multi-Megawatt Space Power Program. Key features of the cermet fueled reactor design are 1) the ability to achieve very high coolant exit temperatures, and 2) thermal shock resistance during rapid power changes, and 3) two barriers to fission product release - the cermet matrix and the fuel element cladding. Additionally, there is a potential for achieving a long operating life because of 1) the neutronic insensitivity of the fast-spectrum core to the buildup of fission products and 2) the utilization of a high strength refractory metal matrix and structural materials. These materials also provide resistance against compression forces that potentially might compact and/or reconfigure the core

  3. Accelerated aging tests on ENEA-ASE solar coating for receiver tube suitable to operate up to 550 °C

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    Antonaia, A.; D'Angelo, A.; Esposito, S.; Addonizio, M. L.; Castaldo, A.; Ferrara, M.; Guglielmo, A.; Maccari, A.

    2016-05-01

    A patented solar coating for evacuated receiver, based on innovative graded WN-AlN cermet layer, has been optically designed and optimized to operate at high temperature with high performance and high thermal stability. This solar coating, being designed to operate in solar field with molten salt as heat transfer fluid, has to be thermally stable up to the maximum temperature of 550 °C. With the aim of determining degradation behaviour and lifetime prediction of the solar coating, we chose to monitor the variation of the solar absorptance αs after each thermal annealing cycle carried out at accelerated temperatures under vacuum. This prediction method was coupled with a preliminary Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA) in order to give evidence for any chemical-physical coating modification in the temperature range of interest before performing accelerated aging tests. In the accelerated aging tests we assumed that the temperature dependence of the degradation processes could be described by Arrhenius behaviour and we hypothesized that a linear correlation occurs between optical parameter variation rate (specifically, Δαs/Δt) and degradation process rate. Starting from Δαs/Δt values evaluated at 650 and 690 °C, Arrhenius plot gave an activation energy of 325 kJ mol-1 for the degradation phenomenon, where the prediction on the coating degradation gave a solar absorptance decrease of only 1.65 % after 25 years at 550 °C. This very low αs decrease gave evidence for an excellent stability of our solar coating, also when employed at the maximum temperature (550 °C) of a solar field operating with molten salt as heat transfer fluid.

  4. Effect of a titanium nitride interlayer on the densification, properties and microstructure of cermets based on alumina and nickel. Part 1: Densification and properties

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    Li, Shujie; Khosrovabadi, Paul Babayan; Kolster, Ben H.

    1992-01-01

    In order to manufacture cermets based on Al2O3 and Ni, Al2O3 particles were first coated with TiN by CVD and then mixed with pure Ni powder. The cermets were produced from the mixed powders by powder metallurgy processes. The relative density and the mechanical properties of the cermets are improved

  5. Process for fabrication of cermets

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    Landingham, Richard L.

    2011-02-01

    Cermet comprising ceramic and metal components and a molten metal infiltration method and process for fabrication thereof. The light weight cermets having improved porosity, strength, durability, toughness, elasticity fabricated from presintered ceramic powder infiltrated with a molten metal or metal alloy. Alumina titanium cermets biocompatible with the human body suitable for bone and joint replacements.

  6. High performance mid-temperature selective absorber based on titanium oxides cermet deposited by direct current reactive sputtering of a single titanium target

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    Tang, Lu; Cao, Feng; Li, Yang; Bao, Jiming; Ren, Zhifeng

    2016-01-01

    This article reports the design and fabrication of a new double cermet-based low-mid temperature solar selective absorber based on TiOx cermet layers, which were deposited with a single Ti target by varying O2 partial pressure in sputtering chamber as reactive gas. High metal volume fraction cermet 1 and low metal volume fraction cermet 2 were deposited with O2 partial pressure of 0.15 mTorr and 0.25 mTorr, respectively, with direct current power density of 6.58 W cm-2. The complex refractive indices from ellipsometry were used to design solar selective absorber. The reflectance, thermal stability, and morphology were studied in absorbers on Cu and stainless steel. The effect of TiO2 and SiO2 as anti-reflective coating layers was investigated. The absorber on Cu substrate has high absorptance of 90.8% and low emittance of 4.9% (100 °C), and changed to 96.0% and 6.6%, respectively, after annealing at 300 °C for 4 days.

  7. Study on Abrasive Wear Properties of MoB/CoCr Cermet Coating%MoB/CoCr金属陶瓷涂层的磨粒磨损性能研究

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    陈枭; 纪岗昌

    2012-01-01

    在310S基体表面采用低压等离子喷涂(LPPS)技术制备MoB/CoCr金属陶瓷涂层.用扫描电镜观察涂层的组织结构:测试了MoB/CoCr涂层的显微硬度和结合强度;用湿式橡胶轮磨粒磨损试验机测试涂层的磨损性能.结果显示:MoB/CoCr涂层组织为层状结构,涂层与310S基体之间、表面涂层与过渡涂层之间结合良好.MoB/CoCr涂层具有较高的硬度值和结合强度,且具有良好的抗磨粒磨损性能.%MoB/CoCr cermet coating was deposited by low pressure plasma spraying (LPPS) on 310S steel. The microstructure of the MoB/CoCr coating was observed by SEM. The microhardness and bonding strength of the MoB/CoCr coating were tested. The abrasive wear properties were evaluated by wet sand rubber wheel tester. The results show that MoB/CoCr coating is dense and has excellent combination with 310S steel substrate. MoB/CoCr coating has high hardness and excellent wear properties.

  8. Cermet fuel reactors

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    Cowan, C.L.; Palmer, R.S.; Van Hoomissen, J.E.; Bhattacharyya, S.K.; Barner, J.O.

    1987-09-01

    Cermet fueled nuclear reactors are attractive candidates for high performance space power systems. The cermet fuel consists of tungsten-urania hexagonal fuel blocks characterized by high strength at elevated temperatures, a high thermal conductivity and resultant high thermal shock resistance. Key features of the cermet fueled reactor design are (1) the ability to achieve very high coolant exit temperatures, and (2) thermal shock resistance during rapid power changes, and (3) two barriers to fission product release - the cermet matrix and the fuel element cladding. Additionally, thre is a potential for achieving a long operating life because of (1) the neutronic insensitivity of the fast-spectrum core to the buildup of fission products and (2) the utilization of a high strength refractory metal matrix and structural materials. These materials also provide resistance against compression forces that potentially might compact and/or reconfigure the core. In addition, the neutronic properties of the refractory materials assure that the reactor remains substantially subcritical under conditions of water immersion. It is concluded that cermet fueled reactors can be utilized to meet the power requirements for a broad range of advanced space applications. 4 refs., 4 figs., 3 tabs.

  9. Cermet fuel reactors

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    Cermet fueled nuclear reactors are attractive candidates for high performance space power systems. The cermet fuel consists of tungsten-urania hexagonal fuel blocks characterized by high strength at elevated temperatures, a high thermal conductivity and resultant high thermal shock resistance. Key features of the cermet fueled reactor design are (1) the ability to achieve very high coolant exit temperatures, and (2) thermal shock resistance during rapid power changes, and (3) two barriers to fission product release - the cermet matrix and the fuel element cladding. Additionally, thre is a potential for achieving a long operating life because of (1) the neutronic insensitivity of the fast-spectrum core to the buildup of fission products and (2) the utilization of a high strength refractory metal matrix and structural materials. These materials also provide resistance against compression forces that potentially might compact and/or reconfigure the core. In addition, the neutronic properties of the refractory materials assure that the reactor remains substantially subcritical under conditions of water immersion. It is concluded that cermet fueled reactors can be utilized to meet the power requirements for a broad range of advanced space applications. 4 refs., 4 figs., 3 tabs

  10. Advances in Concentrating Solar Power Collectors: Mirrors and Solar Selective Coatings

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    Kenendy, C. E.

    2007-10-10

    The intention is to explore the feasibility of depositing the coating by lower-cost methods and to perform a rigorous cost analysis after a viable high-temperature solar-selective coating is demonstrated by e-beam.

  11. Functionally graded cermets

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    L. Jaworska

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Cermets have very good plasticity and high hardness. Functionally graded cermets secure obtaining of cutting tools with hard wear resistance surface layer and ductile body frame. A new FGM was obtained using P/M method.Design/methodology/approach: Materials were obtained using free sintering at vacuum and the high temperature-high pressure sintering method. Functionally graded cermets have more amount of hard phase in the surface layer and lower participation of this phase in the body frame. FGMs were prepared by the layers pressing method and the centrifugal deposition method.Findings: Material with 55 wt.% of TiC and 45 wt.% of (Ni,Mo was prepared. The phase’s composition of this material was analysed. The ring structure of material and complex carbides formation was confirmed. The gradient of the phase composition and hardness measurement are presented. Phase composition of FGM strongly depend on conditions of centrifugal sedimentation process: duration, rotation speed, solid content, dispersive liquids. The centrifugal deposition process of powders forming guarantees gradient phase composition for materials obtaining the powder metallurgy methods. The FGM obtained by powders forming method should be sintered using pressure processes in a closed containers (or special assembly because of materials high porosity which is a result of various chemical contents of this same material parts.Practical implications: Due to their low chemical affinity to steel and the resistance for high temperatures oxidation, cermets have better cutting properties than carbides. Application of cermet inserts guarantees the high quality of machined surface (low roughness. Cermets could be used in “dry cutting” processes.Originality/value: The centrifugal deposition method for powders with phases content gradient forming is original value.

  12. Fabrication of High Temperature Cermet Materials for Nuclear Thermal Propulsion

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    Hickman, Robert; Panda, Binayak; Shah, Sandeep

    2005-01-01

    Processing techniques are being developed to fabricate refractory metal and ceramic cermet materials for Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP). Significant advances have been made in the area of high-temperature cermet fuel processing since RoverNERVA. Cermet materials offer several advantages such as retention of fission products and fuels, thermal shock resistance, hydrogen compatibility, high conductivity, and high strength. Recent NASA h d e d research has demonstrated the net shape fabrication of W-Re-HfC and other refractory metal and ceramic components that are similar to UN/W-Re cermet fuels. This effort is focused on basic research and characterization to identify the most promising compositions and processing techniques. A particular emphasis is being placed on low cost processes to fabricate near net shape parts of practical size. Several processing methods including Vacuum Plasma Spray (VPS) and conventional PM processes are being evaluated to fabricate material property samples and components. Surrogate W-Re/ZrN cermet fuel materials are being used to develop processing techniques for both coated and uncoated ceramic particles. After process optimization, depleted uranium-based cermets will be fabricated and tested to evaluate mechanical, thermal, and hot H2 erosion properties. This paper provides details on the current results of the project.

  13. Efficient spray-coated colloidal quantum dot solar cells

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    Kramer, Illan J.

    2014-11-10

    (Figure Presented). A colloidal quantum dot solar cell is fabricated by spray-coating under ambient conditions. By developing a room-temperature spray-coating technique and implementing a fully automated process with near monolayer control - an approach termed as sprayLD - an electronic defect is eliminated resulting in solar cell performance and statistical distribution superior to prior batch-processed methods along with a hero performance of 8.1%.

  14. Cermets from molten metal infiltration processing

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    Landingham, Richard L.

    2013-09-10

    New cermets with improved properties and applications are provided. These new cermets have lower density and/or higher hardness than B4C cermet. By incorporating other new ceramics into B4C powders or as a substitute for B4C, lower densities and/or higher hardness cermets result. The ceramic powders have much finer particle size than those previously used which significantly reduces grain size of the cermet microstructure and improves the cermet properties.

  15. Cermets from molten metal infiltration processing

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    Landingham, Richard Lee

    2012-09-18

    New cermets with improved properties and applications are provided. These new cermets have lower density and/or higher hardness than B4C cermet. By incorporating other new ceramics into B4C powders or as a substitute for B4C, lower densities and/or higher hardness cermets result. The ceramic powders have much finer particle size than those previously used which significantly reduces grain size of the cermet microstructure and improves the cermet properties.

  16. Spray pyrolytically grown NiAlOx cermets for solar thermal selective absorbers: spectral properties and thermal stability

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    A Bagheri Khatibani; S M Rozati

    2016-02-01

    After deposition of NiAlOx thin films on stainless-steel substrates by the spray pyrolysis technique, various properties of the films were investigated using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, UV–visible reflectance spectrophotometry, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Optical quantities were determined using reflectance spectra in the relevant spectrum region. At first the optimal substrate temperature was selected and then different nickel to aluminium ratios were examined to find the efficient solar absorber. The SEM revealed changes in morphology due to different molar ratios. The XRD of the selected sample showed a mixture of nickel and nickel oxide phases with the strong presence of substrate peaks and without the presence of alumina phase while in the EDX test the peaks corresponding to O, Al and Ni appeared. Long-term thermal stability study was performed by means of performance criterion concept.

  17. Hafnium carbide cermets

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    Brožek, Vlastimil; Ctibor, Pavel; Dong-Ik, Ch.; Eun-Pyo, K.

    Praha: Czechoslovak association for crystal growth, 2008 - (Nitsch, K.; Rodová, M.), s. 8-9 ISBN 978-80-254-0864-3. [Development of Materials Science in Research and Education/18th./. Hnanice (CZ), 02.09.2008-05.09.2008] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20430508 Keywords : Hafnium carbide * tungsten * cermets * plasma spraying * hot pressing, Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics

  18. Wet-chemistry based selective coatings for concentrating solar power

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    Maimon, Eran; Kribus, Abraham; Flitsanov, Yuri; Shkolnik, Oleg; Feuermann, Daniel; Zwicker, Camille; Larush, Liraz; Mandler, Daniel; Magdassi, Shlomo

    2013-09-01

    Spectrally selective coatings are common in low and medium temperature solar applications from solar water heating collectors to parabolic trough absorber tubes. They are also an essential element for high efficiency in higher temperature Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) systems. Selective coatings for CSP are usually prepared using advanced expensive methods such as sputtering and vapor deposition. In this work, coatings were prepared using low-cost wet-chemistry methods. Solutions based on Alumina and Silica sol gel were prepared and then dispersed with black spinel pigments. The black dispersions were applied by spray/roll coating methods on stainless steel plates. The spectral emissivity of sample coatings was measured in the temperature range between 200 and 500°C, while the spectral absorptivity was measured at room temperature and 500°C. Emissivity at wavelengths of 0.4-1.7 μm was evaluated indirectly using multiple measurements of directional reflectivity. Emissivity at wavelengths 2-14 μm was measured directly using a broadband IR camera that acquires the radiation emitted from the sample, and a range of spectral filters. Emissivity measurement results for a range of coated samples will be presented, and the impact of coating thickness, pigment loading, and surface preparation will be discussed.

  19. Glass frits coated with silver nanoparticles for silicon solar cells

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    Li, Yingfen, E-mail: lyf350857423@163.com; Gan, Weiping; Zhou, Jian; Li, Biyuan

    2015-06-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Silver-coated glass frits for solar cells were prepared by electroless plating. • Gum Arabic was used as the activating agent of glass frits. • Silver-coated glass frits can improve the photovoltaic performances of solar cells. - Abstract: Glass frits coated with silver nanoparticles were prepared by electroless plating. Gum Arabic (GA) was used as the activating agent of glass frits without the assistance of stannous chloride or palladium chloride. The silver-coated glass frits prepared with different GA dosages were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The characterization results indicated that silver-coated glass frits had the structures of both glass and silver. Spherical silver nanoparticles were distributed on the glass frits evenly. The density and particle size of silver nanoparticles on the glass frits can be controlled by adjusting the GA dosage. The silver-coated glass frits were applied to silver pastes to act as both the densification promoter and silver crystallite formation aid in the silver electrodes. The prepared silver-coated glass frits can improve the photovoltaic performances of solar cells.

  20. Glass frits coated with silver nanoparticles for silicon solar cells

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Silver-coated glass frits for solar cells were prepared by electroless plating. • Gum Arabic was used as the activating agent of glass frits. • Silver-coated glass frits can improve the photovoltaic performances of solar cells. - Abstract: Glass frits coated with silver nanoparticles were prepared by electroless plating. Gum Arabic (GA) was used as the activating agent of glass frits without the assistance of stannous chloride or palladium chloride. The silver-coated glass frits prepared with different GA dosages were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The characterization results indicated that silver-coated glass frits had the structures of both glass and silver. Spherical silver nanoparticles were distributed on the glass frits evenly. The density and particle size of silver nanoparticles on the glass frits can be controlled by adjusting the GA dosage. The silver-coated glass frits were applied to silver pastes to act as both the densification promoter and silver crystallite formation aid in the silver electrodes. The prepared silver-coated glass frits can improve the photovoltaic performances of solar cells

  1. EUV multilayer coatings for solar imaging and spectroscopy

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    Windt, David L.

    2015-09-01

    This paper describes recent progress in the development of new EUV multilayer coatings for solar physics. In particular, we present results obtained with Pd/B4C/Y, Al/Zr, and Al-Mg/SiC multilayers, designed for normal incidence operation in the 9 - 50 nm wavelength range. We describe the development of both periodic multilayer films designed for narrowband imaging, and non-periodic multilayers designed to have a broad-spectral response for spectroscopy. The higher EUV reflectance provided by these new coatings, relative to older-generation coatings such as Si/Mo, Mo/Y, and others, will facilitate the development of future solar physics instruments for both imaging and spectroscopy having higher spatial and spectral resolution, while supporting the exposure times and cadences necessary to capture the evolution of flares, jets, CMEs and other dynamic processes in the solar atmosphere.

  2. Black nickel-cobalt selective coatings for solar energy conversion

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    Srinivasan, K.N.; Selvam, M.; Shenoi, B.A.; Shanmugam, N.V.; John, S.; Annamalai, M.; Iyer, M.V.; Nirmala, K.A.; Venkatesh, P.; Prasad, C.R.; Subramani, C.

    1982-01-01

    The development of black nickel-cobalt selective coating for solar energy conversion is reported. This coating has been produced by plating nickel-cobalt alloy from suitable electrolyte and then immersion blackening in weak sulphuric acid. The effect of plating time, current density and immersion time, in acid with respect to absorptance and emittance were studied. Thermal cycling test and stagnation temperature measurement was also carried out.

  3. Advanced Antireflection Coatings for High-Performance Solar Energy Applications

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    Pan, Noren

    2015-01-01

    Phase II objectives: Develop and refine antireflection coatings incorporating lanthanum titanate as an intermediate refractive index material; Investigate wet/dry thermal oxidation of aluminum containing semiconductor compounds as a means of forming a more transparent window layer with equal or better optical properties than its unoxidized form; Develop a fabrication process that allows integration of the oxidized window layer and maintains the necessary electrical properties for contacting the solar cell; Conduct an experimental demonstration of the best candidates for improved antireflection coatings.

  4. Performance of Ni/ScSZ cermet anode modified by coating with Gd{sub 0.2}Ce{sub 0.8}O{sub 2} for an SOFC running on methane fuel

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    Huang, Bo; Ye, X.F.; Wang, S.R.; Nie, H.W.; Shi, J.; Hu, Q.; Qian, J.Q.; Sun, X.F.; Wen, T.L. [Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (SICCAS), 1295 Dingxi Road, Shanghai 200050 (China)

    2006-11-22

    A Ni/scandia-stabilized zirconia (ScSZ) cermet anode was modified by coating with nano-sized gadolinium-doped ceria (GDC, Gd{sub 0.2}Ce{sub 0.8}O{sub 2}) prepared using a simple combustion process within the pores of the anode for a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) running on methane fuel. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were employed in the anode characterizations. Then, the short-term stability for the cells with the Ni/ScSZ and 2.0wt.%GDC-coated Ni/ScSZ anodes in 97%CH{sub 4}/3%H{sub 2}O at 700{sup o}C was checked over a relative long period of operation. Open circuit voltages (OCVs) increased from 1.098 to 1.179V, and power densities increased from 224 to 848mWcm{sup -2}, as the operating temperature of an SOFC with 2.0wt.%GDC-coated Ni/ScSZ anode was increased from 700 to 850{sup o}C in humidified methane. The coating of nano-sized Gd{sub 0.2}Ce{sub 0.8}O{sub 2} particle within the pores of the porous Ni/ScSZ anode significantly improved the performance of anode supported cells. Electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS) illustrated that the cell with Ni/ScSZ anode exhibited far greater impedances than the cell with 2.0wt.%GDC-coated Ni/ScSZ anode. Introduction of nano-sized GDC particles into the pores of porous Ni/ScSZ anode will result in a substantial increase in the ionic conductivity of the anode and increase the triple phase boundary region expanding the number of sites available for electrochemical activity. No significant degradation in performance has been observed after 84h of cell testing when 2.0wt.%GDC-coated Ni/ScSZ anode was exposed to 97%CH{sub 4}/3%H{sub 2}O at 700{sup o}C. Very little carbon was detected on the anodes, suggesting that carbon deposition was limited during cell operation. Consequently, the GDC coating on the pores of anode made it possible to have good stability for long-term operation due to low carbon deposition. (author)

  5. Transparent, Conductive Coatings Developed for Arc-Proof Solar Arrays

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    1996-01-01

    Transparent, conductive thin-film coatings have many potential applications where a surface must be able to dissipate electrical charges without sacrificing its optical properties. Such applications include automotive and aircraft windows, heat mirrors, optoelectronic devices, gas sensors, and solar cell array surfaces for space applications. Many spacecraft missions require that solar cell array surfaces dissipate charges in order to avoid damage such as electronic upsets, formation of pinholes in the protective coatings on solar array blankets, and contamination due to deposition of sputtered products. In tests at the NASA Lewis Research Center, mixed thin-films of sputter-deposited indium tin oxide (ITO) and magnesium fluoride (MgF2) that could be tailored to the desired sheet resistivity, showed transmittance values of greater than 90 percent. The samples evaluated were composed of mixed, thin-film ITO/MgF2 coatings, with a nominal thickness of 650 angstroms, deposited onto glass substrates. Preliminary results indicated that these coatings were durable to vacuum ultraviolet radiation and atomic oxygen. These coatings show promise for use on solar array surfaces in polar low-Earth-orbit environments, where a sheet resistivity of less than 10(exp 8)/square is required, and in geosynchronous orbit environments, where a resistivity of less than 10(exp 9)/square is required.

  6. Solar cooker using coatings for enhanced solar thermal energy conversion (CESTEC)

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    Shanmugam, N.V.; Selvam, M.; Shenoi, B.A.; Srinivasan, K.N.; John, S.; Annamalai, M.; Iyer, M.V.; Nirmala, K.A.; Venkatesh, P.; Prasad, C.R.; Subramani, C.

    1982-01-01

    The cooker is based on the utilization of coatings for enhanced solar thermal energy conversion (CESTEC). This coating absorbs maximum fraction of the solar radiation and emit very little by reradiation and hence its temperature raises to 80 to 120/sup 0/C above the ambient and hence the food material is cooked in a shorter time in comparison to the cooker using black paint.

  7. Glass frits coated with silver nanoparticles for silicon solar cells

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    Li, Yingfen; Gan, Weiping; Zhou, Jian; Li, Biyuan

    2015-06-01

    Glass frits coated with silver nanoparticles were prepared by electroless plating. Gum Arabic (GA) was used as the activating agent of glass frits without the assistance of stannous chloride or palladium chloride. The silver-coated glass frits prepared with different GA dosages were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The characterization results indicated that silver-coated glass frits had the structures of both glass and silver. Spherical silver nanoparticles were distributed on the glass frits evenly. The density and particle size of silver nanoparticles on the glass frits can be controlled by adjusting the GA dosage. The silver-coated glass frits were applied to silver pastes to act as both the densification promoter and silver crystallite formation aid in the silver electrodes. The prepared silver-coated glass frits can improve the photovoltaic performances of solar cells.

  8. Coating Processes Boost Performance of Solar Cells

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    2012-01-01

    NASA currently has spacecraft orbiting Mercury (MESSENGER), imaging the asteroid Vesta (Dawn), roaming the red plains of Mars (the Opportunity rover), and providing a laboratory for humans to advance scientific research in space (the International Space Station, or ISS). The heart of the technology that powers those missions and many others can be held in the palm of your hand - the solar cell. Solar, or photovoltaic (PV), cells are what make up the panels and arrays that draw on the Sun s light to generate electricity for everything from the Hubble Space Telescope s imaging equipment to the life support systems for the ISS. To enable NASA spacecraft to utilize the Sun s energy for exploring destinations as distant as Jupiter, the Agency has invested significant research into improving solar cell design and efficiency. Glenn Research Center has been a national leader in advancing PV technology. The Center s Photovoltaic and Power Technologies Branch has conducted numerous experiments aimed at developing lighter, more efficient solar cells that are less expensive to manufacture. Initiatives like the Forward Technology Solar Cell Experiments I and II in which PV cells developed by NASA and private industry were mounted outside the ISS have tested how various solar technologies perform in the harsh conditions of space. While NASA seeks to improve solar cells for space applications, the results are returning to Earth to benefit the solar energy industry.

  9. Corrosion protection of PVD and paint coatings for selective solar absorber surfaces

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    Nunes, A.; Carvalho, M. J.; Diamantino, Teresa C.; Fernandes, J. C. S.

    2015-01-01

    The selective solar absorber surface is a fundamental part of a solar thermal collector, as it is responsible for the solar radiation absorption and for reduction of radiation heat losses. The surface’s optical properties, the solar absorption (á) and the emittance (å), have great impact on the solar thermal collector efficiency. In this work, two coatings types were studied: coatings obtained by physical vapor deposition (PVDs) and coatings obtained by projection with different paints (PCs) ...

  10. Solar absorption characteristics of several coatings and surface finishes. [for solar energy collectors

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    Lowery, J. R.

    1977-01-01

    Solar absorption characteristics are established for several films potentially favorable for use as receiving surfaces in solar energy collectors. Included in the investigation were chemically produced black films, black electrodeposits, and anodized coatings. It was found that black nickel exhibited the best combination of selective optical properties of any of the coatings studied. A serious drawback to black nickel was its high susceptibility to degradation in the presence of high moisture environments. Electroplated black chrome generally exhibited high solar absorptivities, but the emissivity varied considerably and was also relatively high under some conditions. The black chrome had the greatest moisture resistance of any of the coatings tested. Black oxide coatings on copper and steel substrates showed the best combination of selective optical properties of any of the chemical conversion films studied.

  11. Research on Wear Behavior of ATC Cermet Material

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    ZHU Liu; LING Guo-ping; LI Jian; WANG You-wen

    2004-01-01

    By electroless chemical deposition process, a layer of metal cobalt film was coated on the surface of nano-ceramic powders of Al203 and TiC. The mixture of the two kinds of Co-coated power (about 70wt.%Al2O3-Co+30wt.%TiC-Co) was hot-pressed into ATC (Al2O3-TiC-Co8wt%) cermet samples. The wear test was carried out under dry sliding wear condition by the pin-on-disk rig. The volume-loss of the samples in three sliding pairs,ATC/Steel, ATC/SiC and ATC/artificial diamond (AD) were investigated. The wear morphologies were examined by SEM.The wear-resistance between ATC cermet and Co-cemented WC were compared. The results show that the effect of fracture toughness is better than that of hardness to the wear resistance of high hardness materials. The wear mechanisms of ATC cermet samples were found that abrasion predominated in the wear process. The wear surface of ATC cermet samples became smoother with fine asperities spalling off and the volume loss was decreased.

  12. Research on Wear Behavior of ATC Cermet Material

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    ZHULiu; LINGGuo-ping; LIJian; WANGYou-wen

    2004-01-01

    By electroless chemical deposition process, a layer of metal cobalt film was coated on the surface of nano-ceramic powders of Al2O3 and TiC. The mixture of the two kinds of Co-coated power (about 70wt.% Al2O3-Co+30wt.%TiC-Co) was hot-pressed into ATC (Al2O3-TiC-Co8wt% ) cermet samples. The wear test was carried out under dry sliding wear condition by the pin-on-disk rig. The volume-loss of the samples in three sliding pairs, ATC/Steel, ATC/SiC and ATC/artificial diamond (AD) were investigated. The wear morphologies were examined by SEM. The wear-resistance between ATC cermet and Co-cemented WC were compared. The results show that the effect of fracture toughness is better than that of hardness to the wear resistance of high hardness materials. The wear mechanisms of ATC cermet samples were found that abrasion predominated in the wear process. The wear surface of ATC cermet samples became smoother with fine asperities spalling off and the volume loss was decreased.

  13. Preparation and characterization of black cobalt solar selective coatings

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    Black cobalt (cobalt oxide) solar selective coatings were prepared on copper substrates by using an electroplating technique. The changes in the physical properties of the cobalt coating due to thermal degradation were characterized by using Auger electron spectroscopy, glow discharge spectrometry, ultraviolet-visible-near infrared spectrophotometer and atom force microscopy. The optimum black cobalt solar selective coating was prepared on a copper substrate by using a synthesized electrolyte with CoCl2 and KSCN at a current density of about 0.5 A/dm2 for 45 s ∼ 60 s. Its optical properties were a solar absorptance of the order of 0.80 ∼ 0.84 and a thermal emittance of 0.01. From the depth profile analysis, the concentration of cobalt particles near the film-substrate interface was higher than that at the surface, but the oxygen concentration at the surface was higher than that at the interface. These results suggest that the selective absorption was dominated by this chemical composition variation in the cobalt coating. The surface morphology of this film, as observed by using atomic force microscopy, showed that the surface was composed of a nearly uniform coating with a small rough surface and pores. We also found that the thermal degradation of the black cobalt coating annealed for 43 hours at temperatures of 250 ∼ 350 .deg. C occurred primarily due to diffusion of copper substrate materials into the cobalt film. The results of the thermal stability test showed that the black cobalt selective coatings on copper substrates were stable during use at temperatures under 250 .deg. C.

  14. Manufacture of annular cermet articles

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    Forsberg, Charles W.; Sikka, Vinod K.

    2004-11-02

    A method to produce annular-shaped, metal-clad cermet components directly produces the form and avoids multiple fabrication steps such as rolling and welding. The method includes the steps of: providing an annular hollow form with inner and outer side walls; filling the form with a particulate mixture of ceramic and metal; closing, evacuating, and hermetically sealing the form; heating the form to an appropriate temperature; and applying force to consolidate the particulate mixture into solid cermet.

  15. Optimization of broadband omnidirectional antireflection coatings for solar cells

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    Guo, Xia; Li, Chong; Zhou, Hongyi; Lv, Benshun; Feng, Yajie; Wang, Huaqiang; Liu, Wuming

    2015-01-01

    Broadband and omnidirectional antireflection coating is a generally effective way to improve solar cell efficiency, because the destructive interference between the reflected and input waves could maximize transmission light in the absorption layer. Several theoretical calculations have been developed to optimize the anti-reflective coating to maximize the average transmittance. However, the solar irradiances of the clear sky spectral direct beam on a receiver plane at different positions and times are variable greatly. Here we report a new theoretical calculation of anti-reflective coating with incident quantum efficiency {\\eta}in as evaluation function for practical application. The two-layer and three-layer anti-reflective coatings are optimized over {\\lambda} = [300, 1100] nm and {\\theta} = [0{\\deg}, 90{\\deg}] for cities of Quito, Beijing and Moscow. The {\\eta}in of two-layer anti-reflective coating increases by 0.26%, 1.37% and 4.24% for these 3 cities, respectively, compared with that other theoretical ...

  16. Development and Testing of High-Temperature Solar Selective Coatings

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    Kennedy, C.; Price, H.

    2005-01-01

    The Solar Energy Technologies Program is working to reduce the cost of parabolic trough solar power technology. System studies show that increasing the operating temperature of the solar field from 390 to >450 C will result in improved performance and cost reductions. This requires the development of new more-efficient selective coatings that have both high solar absorptance (>0.96) and low thermal emittance (<0.07) and are thermally stable above 450 C, ideally in air. Potential selective coatings were modeled, identified for laboratory prototyping, and manufactured at NREL. Optimization of the samples and high-temperature durability testing will be performed. Development of spectrally selective materials depends on reliable characterization of their optical properties. Protocols for testing the thermal/optical properties of selective coatings were developed and a round-robin experiment was conducted to verify and document the reflectance and high-temperature emittance measurements. The development, performance, and durability of these materials and future work will be described.

  17. Silver nanoparticles-coated glass frits for silicon solar cells

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    Li, Yingfen; Gan, Weiping; Li, Biyuan

    2016-04-01

    Silver nanoparticles-coated glass frit composite powders for silicon solar cells were prepared by electroless plating. Silver colloids were used as the activating agent of glass frits. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry. The characterization results indicated that silver nanoparticles with the melting temperature of 838 °C were uniformly deposited on glass frit surface. The particle size of silver nanoparticles could be controlled by adjusting the [Ag(NH3)2]NO3 concentration. The as-prepared composite powders were applied in the front side metallization of silicon solar cells. Compared with those based on pure glass frits, the solar cells containing the composite powders had the denser silver electrodes and the better silver-silicon ohmic contacts. Furthermore, the photovoltaic performances of solar cells were improved after the electroless plating.

  18. Pt–Al2O3 nanocoatings for high temperature concentrated solar thermal power applications

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    Nano-phased structures based on metal–dielectric composites, also called cermets (ceramic–metal), are considered among the most effective spectral selective solar absorbers. For high temperature applications (stable up to 650 °C) noble metal nanoparticles and refractory oxide host matrices are ideal as per their high temperature chemical inertness and stability: Pt/Al2O3 cermet nano-composites are a representative family. This contribution reports on the optical properties of Pt/Al2O3 cermet nano-composites deposited in a multilayered tandem structure. The radio-frequency sputtering optimized Pt/Al2O3 solar absorbers consist of stainless steel substrate/ Mo coating layer/ Pt–Al2O3/ protective Al2O3 layer and stainless steel substrate/ Mo coating layer /Pt–Al2O3 for different composition and thickness of the Pt–Al2O3 cermet coatings. The microstructure, morphology, theoretical modeling and optical properties of the coatings were analyzed by the x-ray diffraction, atomic force, microscopy, effective medium approximation and UV–vis specular and diffuse reflectance.

  19. Electrochemical deposition of black nickel solar absorber coatings on stainless steel AISI316L for thermal solar cells

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    Lira-Cantú, Monica; Morales Sabio, Angel; Brustenga, Alex; Gómez-Romero, P.

    2005-01-01

    We report the electrochemical deposition of nanostructured nickel-based solar absorber coatings on stainless steel AISI type 316L. A sol–gel silica-based antireflection coating, from TEOS, was also applied to the solar surface by the dip-coating method. We report our initial results and analyze the influence of the stainless steel substrate on the final total reflectance properties of the solar absorber. The relation between surface morphology, observed by SEM and AFM, the comp...

  20. Enhanced Thermal Stability of W-Ni-Al[subscript 2]O[subscript 3] Cermet-Based Spectrally Selective Solar Absorbers with Tungsten Infrared Reflectors

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    Cao, Feng; Kraemer, Daniel; Sun, Tianyi; Lan, Yucheng; Chen, Gang; Ren, Zhifeng

    2014-01-01

    Solar thermal technologies such as solar hot water and concentrated solar power trough systems rely on spectrally selective solar absorbers. These solar absorbers are designed to efficiently absorb the sunlight while suppressing re-emission of infrared radiation at elevated temperatures. Efforts for the development of such solar absorbers must not only be devoted to their spectral selectivity but also to their thermal stability for high temperature applications. Here, selective solar absorber...

  1. Solid solution cermet: (Ti,Nb)(CN)-Ni cermet.

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    Kwon, Hanjung; Jung, Sun-A

    2014-11-01

    Solid solution powders without W, (Ti,Nb)(CN) powders with a B1 structure (NaCl like), were synthesized by high energy milling and carbothermal reduction in nitrogen. The range of molar ratios of Ti/Nb for forming complete (Ti,Nb)(CN) phase was broader than that of Ti/W for the (Ti,W)(CN) phase because carbide or carbonitride of Nb had a B1 crystal structure identical to Ti(CN) while WC had a hexagonal crystal structure. The results revealed that the hardness of (Ti,Nb)(CN)-Ni cermets was higher than that of (Ti,W)(CN)-Ni cermets. The lower density of the (Ti,Nb)(CN) powder contributed to the higher hardness compared to (Ti,W)(CN) because the volumetric ratio of (Ti,Nb)(CN) in the (Ti,Nb)(CN)-Ni cermets was higher than that of (Ti,Nb)(CN) in the (Ti,W)(CN)-Ni cermets at the same weight ratio of Ni. Additionally, it was assumed that intrinsic the properties of (Ti,Nb)(CN) could also be the cause for the high hardness of the (Ti,Nb)(CN)-Ni cermets. PMID:25958611

  2. Literature review of thermal and radiation performance parameters for high-temperature, uranium dioxide fueled cermet materials

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    High-temperature fissile-fueled cermet literature was reviewed. Data are presented primarily for the W-UO2 as this was the system most frequently studied; other reviewed systems include cermets with Mo, Re, or alloys as a matrix. Failure mechanisms for the cermets are typically degradation of mechanical integrity and loss of fuel. Mechanical failure can occur through stresses produced from dissimilar expansion coefficients, voids created from diffusion of dissimilar materials or formation of metal hydride and subsequent volume expansion. Fuel loss failure can occur by high temperature surface vaporization or by vaporization after loss of mechanical integrity. Techniques found to aid in retaining fuel include the use of coatings around UO2 fuel particles, use of oxide stabilizers in the UO2, minimizing grain sizes in the metal matrix, minimizing impurities, controlling the cermet sintering atmosphere, and cladding around the cermet

  3. Review Paper on Selective Coating of Absorber Tube for Parabolic Trough Collector

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    Mr. Ladgaonkar P.S.*1

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes the various coatings used for absorber tube of Parabolic Trough Collector (PTC and their properties. Solar thermal selective absorber coatings are currently characterized by their solar absorptance and their thermal emittance. Mostly coating is by electroplating, paint coatings and deposited cermet. This paper mainly focus on properties of Black chrome, Black Nickel , Black cobalt, Black-colored CuFeMnO4 spinel powder, Thickness-sensitive spectrally selective (TSSS paint coating, spray-coated graphitic films and there manufacturing process. The coatings need to be stable in air in case the vacuum is breached. Current coatings do not have the stability and performance desired for moving to higher operating temperatures.

  4. Influence of the metallic matrix ratio on the wear resistance (dry and slurry abrasion) of plasma sprayed cermet (chromia / stainless steel) coatings

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    Ageorges, H.; Ctibor, Pavel; Medarhri, Z.; Touimi, S.; Fauchais, P.

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 201, č. 5 (2006), s. 2006-2011. ISSN 0257-8972 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR(CZ) 1QS200430560 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20430508 Keywords : plasma spraying * composite coating * tribology * hardness * wear * abrasion * chromia/stainless steel Subject RIV: JH - Ceramics, Fire-Resistant Materials and Glass Impact factor: 1.559, year: 2006

  5. Wear Micro-Mechanisms of Composite WC-Co/Cr - NiCrFeBSiC Coatings. Part I: Dry Sliding

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    D. Kekes; P. Psyllaki; M. Vardavoulias

    2014-01-01

    The influence of the cermet fraction in cermet/ metal composite coatings developed by High-Velocity Oxyfuel Flame (HVOF) spraying on their tribological behaviour was studied. Five series of coatings, each one containing different proportion of cermet-metal components, prepared by premixing commercially available feedstocks of NiCrFeBSiC metallic and WC-Co/Cr cermet powders were deposited on AISI 304 stainless steel substrate. The microstructure of as-sprayed coatings was characterized by part...

  6. Exploring Spray-Coating Techniques for Organic Solar Cell Applications

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    Wanyi Nie

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We have investigated spray coating as a novel processing method for organic solar cell fabrication. In this work, spraying parameters and organic solvent influences have been correlated with cell performance. Using airbrush fabrication, bulk heterojunction photovoltaic devices based on a new low band gap donor material: poly[(4,8-bis(1-pentylhexyloxybenzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′]dithiophene-2,6-diyl-alt-2,1,3-benzoxadiazole-4,7-diyl] with the C60-derivative (6,6-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM as an acceptor, have achieved power conversion efficiencies over 3%. We show that airbrush fabrication can be carried out with simple solvents such as pristine 1,2-dichlorobenzene. Moreover, the influence of device active area has been studied and the 1 cm2 device by spray coating maintained an excellent power conversion efficiency of 3.02% on average.

  7. Microstructure analysis and wear behavior of titanium cermet femoral head with hard TiC layer.

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    Luo, Yong; Ge, Shirong; Liu, Hongtao; Jin, Zhongmin

    2009-12-11

    Titanium cermet was successfully synthesized and formed a thin gradient titanium carbide coating on the surface of Ti6Al4V alloy by using a novel sequential carburization under high temperature, while the titanium cermet femoral head was produced. The titanium cermet phase and surface topography were characterized with X-ray diffraction (XRD) and backscattered electron imaging (BSE). And then the wear behavior of titanium cermet femoral head was investigated by using CUMT II artificial joint hip simulator. The surface characterization indicates that carbon effectively diffused into the titanium alloys and formed a hard TiC layer on the Ti6Al4V alloys surface with a micro-porous structure. The artificial hip joint experimental results show that titanium cermet femoral head could not only improve the wear resistance of artificial femoral head, but also decrease the wear of UHMWPE joint cup. In addition, the carburized titanium alloy femoral head could effectively control the UHMWPE debris distribution, and increase the size of UHMWPE debris. All of the results suggest that titanium cermet is a prospective femoral head material in artificial joint. PMID:19836751

  8. Cermet crucible for metallurgical processing

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    Boring, Christopher P.

    1995-01-01

    A cermet crucible for metallurgically processing metals having high melting points comprising a body consisting essentially of a mixture of calcium oxide and erbium metal, the mixture comprising calcium oxide in a range between about 50 and 90% by weight and erbium metal in a range between about 10 and 50% by weight.

  9. Design Multilayer Antireflection Coatings for Terrestrial Solar Cells

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    Feng Zhan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to analyze the influence of methods to design antireflection coatings (ARCs on reflectivity of broadband solar cells, we provide detailed analyses about the ARC coupled with a window layer and the refractive index dispersion effect of each layer. By multidimensional matrix data simulation, two methods were employed to measure the composite reflection of a SiO2/ZnS double-layer ARC within the spectral ranges of 300–870 nm (dual junction and 300–1850 nm (triple junction under AM1.5 solar radiation. A comparison study, between the results obtained from the commonly used weighted average reflectance method (WAR and that from the introduced effective average reflectance method (EAR, shows that the optimization of ARC by EAR method is convenient and feasible.

  10. A study of performance of black chromium coating materials for solar thermal energy application

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    Black chromium coating has becomes an important process for metal finishes especially in solar energy utilisation. It has own applications in various fields; such as for non-reflecting coatings, decorative coatings and solar selective coatings [1). This work is focused at solar selective coatings where it is used for thermal energy application. The coating surface that absorbs solar energy should have an ideal solar selective surface such as high absorption (a) in solar spectrum near infrared region (IR) [2). Electroplating is used as a technique to produce a black coating finishes. It is a simple room temperature test, which is cost effective for modification of surfaces. The black chromium coating finishes is determined by using hull cell test where the current range from 1-10 Amp, with 10 minutes plating time is estimated to simulate the actual plating process. Through the hull cell test process, results has shown that the black chromium coating can be obtained at temperature 24-33 degree C, with current densities range from 5-30 A/dm2. Two different current density (25 and 30 A/dm2) is used to produce optimum black colour as determined from hull cell test. With plating time 4 to 10 minutes act as measured parameters, the absorption rate of O.86-0.97 are obtained. The present black coating produced, showed a powdery deep black colour, with adherent film upon a conductive base, has a great potential for solar thermal energy applications. (Author)

  11. Microstructure and properties of MoB/CoCr cermet coating on 45 steel prepared by laser cladding%45钢表面激光熔覆MoB/CoCr金属陶瓷覆层的组织与性能

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    陈枭; 纪岗昌; 王洪涛; 白小波; 于福义

    2012-01-01

    采用激光熔覆技术在45钢基体表面熔覆MoB/CoCr金属陶瓷覆层,对MoB/CoCr覆层进行X射线衍射(XRD)、扫描电镜(SEM)、能谱(EDS)的微观组织结构分析和对覆层的硬度进行测试。结果表明:熔覆层组织致密,与基体结合牢固且呈冶金结合;熔覆层的主要物相为CoMo2B2和CoMoB,主要的化学成分是Mo、Cr和Co,合金化区中Fe元素的含量明显增加。硬度测试表明熔覆层的硬度值是45钢硬度值的10倍以上。%MoB/CoCr cermet coating was prepared on 45 steel surface by laser cladding. Microstructure of MoB/CoCr coating was characterized by XRD, SEM and EDS,and mierohardness of the coating was also studied. The results show that MoB/CoCr cermet coating with metallurgical bonding to substrate is dense. The main phases of the cladding layer are CoMo2B2and CoMoB, and its main chemical composition is Mo, Cr and Co, the content of Fe increases obviously in the alloying zone of the cladding layer. The hardness of the cladding layer is much higher than that of the substrate.

  12. Structural and tribological properties of supersonic sprayed Fe–Cu–Al–Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructured cermets

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    Georgiou, E.P., E-mail: Emmanuel.Georgiou@mtm.kuleuven.be [KU Leuven, Dept. MTM, Kasteelpark Arenberg 44, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); Achanta, S. [Falex Tribology NV, Wingepark 23B, 3110 Rotselaar (Belgium); Dosta, S.; Fernández, J. [Thermal Spray Centre (CPT), Dpt. Ciència dels Materials i Enginyeria Metal.lúrgica, Universitat de Barcelona Martí i Franques 1, E-08028, Barcelona (Spain); Matteazzi, P. [CSGI and MBN Nanomaterialia, Via Bortolan 42, Vascon di C. (Italy); Kusinski, J. [Faculty of Metal Engineering and Industrial Computer Science, University of Mining and Metallurgy, Mickiewicza 30 Ave., 30-059 Cracow (Poland); Piticescu, R.R. [National Institute for Nonferrous and Rare Metals, 102 Biruintei Blvd., Pantelimon, Ilfov (Romania); Celis, J.-P. [KU Leuven, Dept. MTM, Kasteelpark Arenberg 44, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium)

    2013-06-15

    A nanostructured cermet coating consisting of alumina dispersed in a Fe–Cu–Al matrix was deposited by supersonic spraying. The experiments revealed a strong effect of deposition parameters and chemical composition of the powders on the structural characteristics of the Fe–Cu–Al + Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} sprayed cermet. This cermet is made up of complex metallurgical phases as revealed by electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The mechanical properties of the different phases detected were determined by nanoindentation. Finally, the friction and wear behavior of this nanostructured sprayed cermet were compared to the ones of benchmark materials. It was found that the Fe–Cu–Al + Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} cermet coating exhibit better tribological properties than the benchmark materials thanks to an appropriate balance of hard and soft phases, and a nanostructuring. The wear mechanism was investigated to establish a ‘structure–property’ relationship for this type of nanostructured cermet coatings.

  13. Optimization of spectrally-selective coatings for solar absorbers

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    Orel, Z.C.; Gunde, M.K. [National Inst. of Chemistry, Ljubljana (Slovenia)

    2000-07-01

    The inexpensive selective surfaces for solar absorbers were prepared by application of black paint on the high-reflective substrate. The layers have to be transparent in the infrared in order to support the low thermal emittance of the substrate. For this purpose, the optical properties of coatings have to be optimized to minimize the expense of the final product. The selectivity was attained by the mutual effect of a highly absorptive black paint layer and low emitting (i.e., infrared reflecting) metal substrate. Optimized paint coatings are not thicker than a few micrometers and exhibit high opacity, leading to energy-efficient selective coatings for solar collector applications. The painted samples are characterized by high absorption, finite sample thickness, nonideal support material, and smooth front surface. These properties distinguish our samples from those of other studies in this field. To design a functional pigmented layer, the optical properties of all constituents have to be known separately. Due to this reason the diffuse reflectance of black thickness-sensitive spectrally selective (TSSS) paints was analyzed. For theoretical consideration of paint layers, the simple Kubelka-Munk (KM) theory was used. It is the almost universally applied theoretical approach within the color using industry (1). It relates diffuse reflectance of a pigmented layer to two phenomenological coefficients, absorption (K) and scattering (S), thickness of the layer, and reflectance of the substrate. The optical properties of layer material are involved in both coefficients. This enables optimal thickness calculation (2), i.e. the theoretical prediction of the best thickness value that will give the highest solar absorptance and simultaneously, the lowest thermal emittance of the respective paint. The KM coefficients depend also upon addition of fumed silica (dispersive agent). Applying KM theory, the degree of pigment dispersion was quantified (3). This approach was an

  14. Estimation of reflection spectra for different type antireflection coatings to silicon solar cells

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    Aroutiounian, V.; Martirosyan, Kh. [Dept. Phys. Semicond. and Microelectronics, Yerevan State Univ., Yerevan (Armenia)

    2004-07-01

    In this letter, we simulate the cases of different types antireflection coatings made from porous silicon, dielectric mirrors, silicon oxynitride and silicon carbide to explore antireflection coating having advanced properties in solar cells. Using the optical matrix approach method, we calculate the reflectance of these structures. Comparing with the reflectance obtained for other antireflection coatings, we find a much lower reflectance in the UV-, visible- and IR-regions of the solar spectrum for these antireflection coatings, indicating the strong interest of the letters in solar cell applications. (orig.)

  15. The prospects of CdTe thin films as solar control coatings

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    Sebastian, P.J.; Sivaramakrishnan, V. (Thin Film Lab., Dept. of Physics, Indian Inst. of Tech., Madras (India))

    1991-07-15

    Solar control coating refers to solar radiation filters applied on glazings of buildings in tropical countries. CdTe thin films were studied in this regard for use as an effective solar control coating. The films were characterized with respect to the film parameters such as film thickness, substrate temperature and deposition rate. On calculating the solar control parameters of various films, it was observed that the solar control parameters of the films depend on the above film parameters. CdTe films were found to be a better solar control coating than the commercial metallic coatings and exhibit comparable characteristics with Cu{sub x}S and PbS films. (orig.).

  16. Plasma spraying of zirconium carbide – hafnium carbide – tungsten cermets

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    Brožek, Vlastimil; Ctibor, Pavel; Cheong, D.-I.; Yang, S.-H.

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 9, č. 1 (2009), s. 49-64. ISSN 1335-8987 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20430508 Keywords : Plasma spraying * cermet coatings * microhardness * zirconium carbide * hafnium carbide * tungsten * water stabilized plasma Subject RIV: JH - Ceramics, Fire-Resistant Materials and Glass

  17. PLASMA SPRAYING OF REFRACTORY CERMETS BY THE WATER-STABILIZED SPRAY (WSP®) SYSTEM

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    Ctibor, Pavel; Brožek, V.; Cheong, D.-I.; Chráska, Pavel

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 54, č. 3 (2009), s. 241-253. ISSN 0001-7043 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20430508 Keywords : Plasma spraying * cermet coatings * microhardness * zirconium carbide * tungsten Subject RIV: JH - Ceramics, Fire-Resistant Materials and Glass

  18. Uranium-Based Cermet Alloys

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    The paper describes certain features of dispersion-hardened uranium-based cermets. As possible hardening materials, consideration was given to UO2, UC, Al2O3, MgO and UBe13. Data were obtained on the behaviour of uranium alloys containing the above-mentioned admixtures during creep tests, short-term strength tests and cyclic thermal treatment. The corrosion resistance o f UBe13-based uranium alloys was also studied. )author)

  19. Properties of conductive coatings for thermal control mirrors and solar cell covers

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    Joslin, D. E.; Kan, H. K. A.

    1975-01-01

    Conductive transparent coatings applied to the dielectric surfaces of a spacecraft offer the possibility of distributing charge uniformly over the entire spacecraft surface. Optical and electrical measurements of such a coating as a function of temperature are described. These results are used in considering the impact of a conductive coating on the absorptance of thermal control mirrors and on the transmittance of solar cell cover glass, which can be improved by the application of an antireflection coating.

  20. Method of forming oxide coatings. [for solar collector heating panels

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    Mcdonald, G. E. (Inventor)

    1983-01-01

    This invention is concerned with an improved plating process for covering a substrate with a black metal oxide film. The invention is particularly directed to making a heating panel for a solar collector. A compound is electrodeposited from an aqueous solution containing cobalt metal salts onto a metal substrate. This compound is converted during plating into a black, highly absorbing oxide coating which contains hydrated oxides. This is achieved by the inclusion of an oxidizing agent in the plating bath. The inclusion of an oxidizing agent in the plating bath is contrary to standard electroplating practice. The hydrated oxides are converted to oxides by treatment in a hot bath, such as boiling water. An oxidizing agent may be added to the hot liquid treating bath.

  1. Comparative Study Between Various Antireflective Coatings For Solar Cells Applications

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    The incessant progress in thin layers technology, especially inhomogeneous materials with variable index allows the fabrication of antireflective coating (ARC) less sensitive to the thickness and the incidence angle. Accordingly, our work is devoted to study the optical behaviour of graded refractive index ARC made from: silicon oxynitrides (SiOxNy), mixture of silicon and titanium oxides (SiO2-TiO2) and porous silicon (P-Si), for solar applications. The refractive index of the studied ARC varies versus thickness according to Fermi profile variation law. The physical parameters of such coating are its: thickness, form factor, profile inflection point and silica or air (porosity) volume fraction variation at the two interfaces (air/ARC and ARC/substrate). The optimisation of the studied films performance shows that best results are obtained with P-Si ARC, which reduce weighted reflectance till to 1.86% (between 300-1100 nm) leading to an improvement in photogenerated current of 51%.

  2. Preparation and solar reflectance spectra of chameleon-type building coatings

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    Yiping Ma; Beirong Zhu [Tongji Univ., Inst. of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai (China); Keru Wu [Tongji Univ., State Key Lab. of Concrete Materials Research, Shanghai (China)

    2001-07-01

    In this paper, the preparation of chameleon-type building coatings was investigated. The reversible thermochromic properties of chameleon-type building coatings at normal temperatures were measured, and their solar reflectance spectra were measured. The results showed that the colors of chameleon-type building coatings could be changed reversibly between red, violet etc. below 18degC and white above 18degC. The solar reflectance spectra of the coatings showed that they could absorb more solar energy below 18degC than above 18degC, which indicated that the coatings had transformed between light-absorbing and light-reflecting at normal temperatures. The characteristics of the coatings could be used to create a thermally comfortable building environment. (Author)

  3. Fabrication and processing of polymer solar cells: A review of printing and coating techniques

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    Krebs, Frederik C

    2009-01-01

    Polymer solar cells are reviewed in the context of the processing techniques leading to complete devices. A distinction is made between the film-forming techniques that are used currently such as spincoating, doctor blading and casting and the, from a processing point of view, more desirable film......-forming techniques such as slot-die coating, gravure coating, knife-over-edge coating, off-set coating, spray coating and printing techniques such as ink jet printing, pad printing and screen printing. The former are used almost exclusively and are not suited for high-volume production whereas the latter are highly...... suited, but little explored in the context of polymer solar cells. A further distinction is made between printing and coating when a film is formed. The entire process leading to polymer solar cells is broken down into the individual steps and the available techniques and materials for each step are...

  4. Preparation of solar selective absorbing CuO coating for medium temperature application

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    HUANG Qunwu; WANG Yiping; LI Jinhua

    2007-01-01

    A new method of preparing CuO solar selective absorbing coating for medium temperature is presented.After pretreatment,brass was overlaid with CuO by chemical plating.The effects of reactant concentration,reaction temperature and reaction time on the absorptivity of CuO coating were investigated.The optimized condition of preparing CuO coating was obtained.The CuO coating was analyzed with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy(XPS) and scanning electron microscopy(SEM).In order to prolong the period of use,the CuO coating was protected by TiO2.The experiment shows that the TiO2/CuO coating is more heat-resistant,acid-resistant,and wear resistant than CuO coating,without Iosing absorptivity markedly.The TiO2 coating can reduce emissivity and protect the CuO coating.

  5. Research on Microstructure and Performance of MoB/CoCr Cermet Coatings Sprayed on 20G Steel Surface%20G钢表面喷涂MoB/CoCr金属陶瓷涂层的组织性能研究

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    陈袅; 张仁元; 李风

    2011-01-01

    MoB/CoCr cermet coatings were deposited on 20G steel by low pressure plasma spraying (LPPS). The microstructure and phase composition of coatings were characterized by XRD, SEM and EDAX, and the bond strength and thermal shock resistance performance were studied. The results show that phase component of powder and coating had little change. The coatings are dense and have excellent combination with substrate. The main constituents of coatings remain invariant and the coatings have excellent performance of bond strength and thermal shock resistance. The MoB/CoCr coating has much higer durability after 1080 h immersion test in the molten Al-12.07% Si.%在20G钢换热管表面上利用低压等离子喷涂(UPS)制备MoB/CoCr金属陶瓷涂层.采用X射线衍射(XRD)、扫描电镜(SEM)、能谱分析(EDAX)对涂层的物相组成、微观组织和成分进行了表征,并对涂层的结合强度和抗热震性能进行研究.研究表明:喷涂前后涂层的物相相差不大,涂层为层状结构;涂层与20G基体之间、表面涂层与过渡涂层之间结合良好,涂层致密;涂层具有良好的结合强度和抗热震性能,在熔融AI-12.07% Si中经过1080h腐蚀后,涂层基本保持完好,具有很好的抗熔融铝硅腐蚀性能.

  6. Microstructure and spectral selectivity of Mo-Al2O3 solar selective absorbing coatings after annealing

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    Mo, Al2O3 single layer, Mo-Al2O3 granular cermet layer, Mo/Al2O3 tandem and an optimized Mo-Al2O3 multilayer coating with a double cermet layer configuration were deposited on stainless steel substrates by magnetron sputtering technique. The samples were annealed in vacuum at different temperatures ranging from 350 deg. C to 1000 deg. C for 2-5 h to evaluate their thermal stability. The spectral absorbance and thermal emissivity for the multi-layer selective coatings in the region of 1.3-25 μm were 0.91-0.93 and 0.19-0.27, respectively, depending on heat treatment temperature. Increasing annealing temperature has more obvious influence on the rise of emissivity than the drop of spectral absorbance. The microstructure, surface morphology, composition distribution and diffusion for various films before and after high temperature aging were investigated employing scanning electronic microscopy, X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Fe2O3, as a diffusion barrier between Mo layer and SS substrate, effectively holds back the presence of Mo2C and Fe2MoC complex phases. Al2O3 is a stable phase even at 1000 deg. C for 3 h. However, defects such as widened boundaries, cracks and holes, which could appear in Al2O3 layer when heated at higher temperature than 650 deg. C, will provide the paths of Mo diffusion. Two diffusion modes of Mo, including inner self-congregation of Mo inside the cermet layer and Mo infiltration through the Al2O3 layer in Mo/Al2O3 tandem at 800 deg. C for 5 h, were observed after annealing

  7. Efficiency improvement of silicon solar cells enabled by ZnO nanowhisker array coating

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    Yu, Xuegong; Wang, Dong; Lei, Dong; Li, Genhu; Yang, Deren

    2012-01-01

    An efficient antireflection coating is critical for the improvement of silicon solar cell performance via increased light coupling. Here, we have grown well-aligned ZnO nanowhisker (NW) arrays on Czochralski silicon solar cells by a seeding-growth two-step process. It is found that the ZnO NWs have a great effect on the macroscopic antireflection effect and, therefore, improves the solar cell performance. The ZnO NW array-coated solar cells display a broadband reflection suppression from 500 ...

  8. Broadband omnidirectional antireflection coatings for metal-backed solar cells optimized using simulated annealing algorithm incorporated with solar spectrum.

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    Chang, Yin-Jung; Chen, Yu-Ting

    2011-07-01

    Broadband omnidirectional antireflection (AR) coatings for solar cells optimized using simulated annealing (SA) algorithm incorporated with the solar (irradiance) spectrum at Earth's surface (AM1.57 radiation) are described. Material dispersions and reflections from the planar backside metal are considered in the rigorous electromagnetic calculations. Optimized AR coatings for bulk crystalline Si and thin-film CuIn(1-x)GaxSe(2) (CIGS) solar cells as two representative cases are presented and the effect of solar spectrum in the AR coating designs is investigated. In general, the angle-averaged reflectance of a solar-spectrum-incorporated AR design is shown to be smaller and more uniform in the spectral range with relatively stronger solar irradiance. By incorporating the transparent conductive and buffer layers as part of the AR coating in CIGS solar cells (2μm-thick CIGS layer), a single MgF(2) layer could provide an average reflectance of 8.46% for wavelengths ranging from 350 nm to 1200 nm and incident angles from 0° to 80°. PMID:21747557

  9. Simple roll coater with variable coating and temperature control for printed polymer solar cells

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    Dam, Henrik Friis; Krebs, Frederik C

    2012-01-01

    A simple and low cost thin film solution processing system comprising a single roll coating machine has been developed to allow direct investigation of variable parameter effects in roll-to-roll processing. We present roll coating of the active layers in polymer solar cells and validate the instr......A simple and low cost thin film solution processing system comprising a single roll coating machine has been developed to allow direct investigation of variable parameter effects in roll-to-roll processing. We present roll coating of the active layers in polymer solar cells and validate...... of solution, enabling roll coating testing of new polymers where only small amounts are often available. We demonstrate the formation of >50 solar cells (each with an active area of 1 cm2) with printed metal back electrodes using as little as 0.1 mL of active layer solution. This approach outperforms spin...

  10. Improvement of black nickel coatings. [product development for use in solar collectors

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    Peterson, R. E.; Lin, J. H.

    1976-01-01

    Selectively absorbing black nickel coatings are among the most optically efficient low cost coatings for use on flat plate solar collectors. However, a current Ni-Zn-S-O coating in use is quite susceptible to a humid environment, degrading badly in less than ten days at 38 C (100 F) at 95 percent relative humidity. Therefore, a black nickel formula was developed which can withstand such exposures with no loss of optical efficiency, solar absorption of 0.92 and an infrared emittance (at 100 C) of 1.00 were still present after 14 days of humidity exposure. This compares to a solar absorptance of only 0.72 for the previous formula after a similar time period. The electroplating bath and conditions were changed to obtain the more stable coating configuration. The effect of bath composition, temperature, pH, and plating current density and time on the coating composition, spectral optical properties and durability were investigated systematically.

  11. Development of Advanced Anti-Reflection Coatings for High Performance Solar Energy Applications Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — MicroLink and its subcontractor Magnolia Solar will develop and demonstrate advanced anti-reflection coating (ARC) designs that will provide a better broadband and...

  12. Development of Advanced Anti-Reflection Coatings for High Performance Solar Energy Applications Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — MicroLink Devices will increase the efficiency of multi-junction solar cells by designing and demonstrating advanced anti-reflection coatings (ARCs) that will...

  13. -Based Cermet Inert Anodes for Aluminum Electrolysis

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    Tian, ZhongLiang; Lai, YanQing; Li, ZhiYou; Chai, DengPeng; Li, Jie; Liu, YeXiang

    2014-11-01

    The new aluminum electrolysis technology based on inert electrodes has received much interest for several decades because of the environment and energy advantages. The key to realize this technique is the inert anode. This article presents China's recent developments of NiFe2O4-based cermet inert anodes, which include the optimization of material performance, the joint between the cermet inert anode and metallic bar, as well as the results of 20 kA pilot testing for a large-size inert anode group. The problems NiFe2O4-based cermet inert anodes face are also discussed.

  14. Liquid phase sintered superconducting cermet

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    This patent describes a method of making a superconducting cermet having superconducting properties with improved bulk density, low porosity and in situ stabilization. It comprises: forming a structure of a superconducting ceramic material having the formula RM2Cu3O(6.5+x)wherein R is one or more rare earth elements capable of reacting to form a superconducting ceramic, M is one or more alkaline earth metal elements selected from barium and strontium capable of reacting to form a superconducting ceramic, x is greater than 0 and less than 0.5; and a precious metal compound in solid form selected from the class consisting of oxides, sulfides and halides of silver; and liquid phase sintering the mixture at a temperature wherein the precious metal of the precious metal compound is molten and below the melting point of the ceramic material. The liquid phase sintering is carried out for a time less than 36 hours but sufficient to improve the bulk density of the cermet

  15. Neutronic calculations of AFPR-100 reactor based on Spherical Cermet Fuel particles

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    Highlights: • AFPR-100 reactor considered as a small nuclear reactor without on-site refueling originally based on TRISO micro-fuel element. • The AFPR-100 reactor was re-designed using the new Spherical Cermet fuel element. • The adoption of the Cermet fuel instead of TRISO fuel reduces the core lifetime operation by 3.1 equivalent full power years. • We discussed the new micro-fuel element candidate for small and medium sized reactors. - Abstract: The Atoms For Peace Reactor (AFPR-100), as a 100 MW(e) without the need of on-site refueling, was originally based on UO2 TRISO fuel coated particles embedded in a carbon matrix directly cooled by light water. AFPR-100 is considered as a small nuclear reactor without open-vessel refueling which is proposed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). An account of significant irradiation swelling in the silicon carbide fission product barrier coating layer of TRISO fuel element, a Spherical Cermet Fuel element has been proposed. Indeed, the new fuel concept, which was developed by PNNL, consists of changing the pyro-carbon and ceramic coatings that are incompatible with low temperature by Zirconium. The latter was chosen to avoid any potential Wigner energy effect issues in the TRISO fuel element. Actually, the purpose of this study is to assess the goal of AFPR-100 concept using the Cermet fuel; undeniably, the fuel core lifetime prediction may be extended for reasonably long period without on-site refueling. In fact, we investigated some neutronic parameters of reactor core by the calculation code SRAC95. The results suggest that the core fuel lifetime beyond 12 equivalent full power years (EFPYs) is possible. Hence, the adoption of Cermet fuel concept shows a core lifetime decrease of about 3.1 EFPY

  16. Optimization of antireflection coating design for multijunction solar cells and concentrator systems

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    Valdivia, Christopher E.; Desfonds, Eric; Masson, Denis; Fafard, Simon; Carlson, Andrew; Cook, John; Hall, Trevor J.; Hinzer, Karin

    2008-06-01

    Photovoltaic solar cells are a route towards local, environmentally benign, sustainable and affordable energy solutions. Antireflection coatings are necessary to input a high percentage of available light for photovoltaic conversion, and therefore have been widely exploited for silicon solar cells. Multi-junction III-V semiconductor solar cells have achieved the highest efficiencies of any photovoltaic technology, yielding up to 40% in the laboratory and 37% in commercial devices under varying levels of concentrated light. These devices benefit from a wide absorption spectrum (300- 1800 nm), but this also introduces significant challenges for antireflection coating design. Each sub-cell junction is electrically connected in series, limiting the overall device photocurrent by the lowest current-producing junction. Therefore, antireflection coating optimization must maximize the current from the limiting sub-cells at the expense of the others. Solar concentration, necessary for economical terrestrial deployment of multi-junction solar cells, introduces an angular-dependent irradiance spectrum. Antireflection coatings are optimized for both direct normal incidence in air and angular incidence in an Opel Mk-I concentrator, resulting in as little as 1-2% loss in photocurrent as compared to an ideal zero-reflectance solar cell, showing a similar performance to antireflection coatings on silicon solar cells. A transparent conductive oxide layer has also been considered to replace the metallic-grid front electrode and for inclusion as part of a multi-layer antireflection coating. Optimization of the solar cell, antireflection coating, and concentrator system should be considered simultaneously to enable overall optimal device performance.

  17. Edge coating apparatus with movable roller applicator for solar cell substrates

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    Pavani, Luca; Abas, Emmanuel

    2012-12-04

    A non-contact edge coating apparatus includes an applicator for applying a coating material on an edge of a solar cell substrate and a control system configured to drive the applicator. The control system may drive the applicator along an axis to maintain a distance with an edge of the substrate as the substrate is rotated to have the edge coated with a coating material. The applicator may include a recessed portion into which the edge of the substrate is received for edge coating. For example, the applicator may be a roller with a groove. Coating material may be introduced into the groove for application onto the edge of the substrate. A variety of coating materials may be employed with the apparatus including hot melt ink and UV curable plating resist.

  18. Surface properties of copper based cermet materials

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    Voinea, M. [The Centre: Product Design for Sustainable Development, Transilvania University of Brasov, Eroilor 29, 500036 (Romania)], E-mail: m.voinea@unitbv.ro; Vladuta, C.; Bogatu, C.; Duta, A. [The Centre: Product Design for Sustainable Development, Transilvania University of Brasov, Eroilor 29, 500036 (Romania)

    2008-08-25

    The paper presents the characterization of the surface properties of copper based cermets obtained by two different techniques: spray pyrolysis deposition (SPD) and electrodeposition. Copper acetate was used as precursor of Cu/CuO{sub x} cermet. The surface morphology was tailored by adding copolymers of maleic anhydride with controlled hydrophobia. The films morphology of Cu/CuO{sub x} was assessed using contact angle measurements and AFM analysis. The porous structures obtained via SPD lead to higher liquid adsorption rate than the electrodeposited films. A highly polar liquid - water is recommended as testing liquid in contact angle measurements, for estimating the porosity of copper based cermets, while glycerol can be used to distinguish among ionic and metal predominant structures. Thus, contact angle measurements can be used for a primary evaluation of the films morphology and, on the other hand, of the ratio between the cermet components.

  19. CuO-PANI nanostructure with tunable spectral selectivity for solar selective coating application

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    Cindrella, L.; Prabhu., S.

    2016-08-01

    CuO-PANI nanostructure has been demonstrated as the solar selective absorber coating for the first time. The effortless chemical methods and easily scalable techniques such as precipitation, in-situ polymerization and spray coating were adopted for the fabrication of CuO nanorods and CuO-PANI nanostructures for solar application. The synthesis was carried out without using any template. The morphology and phase structure of fabricated CuO nanorods and CuO-PANI nanostructure coatings were studied by atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis. The energy dispersive X-ray spectra and elemental mapping confirm the presence of the chosen elements in the nanostructure. The solar absorptance (αs), thermal emittance (εt) and selectivity (ξ) of the nanostructure coatings on glass substrate were optimized to 0.94, 0.01 and 94 respectively by changing the polyaniline content on the surface of the CuO nanorods. The efficiency of the solar selective coatings were evaluated. The optimized solar absorber coating of CuO-PANI nanostructure is highly promising for its selective optical properties.

  20. Cermet fuels for space power systems

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    A refractory-metal matrix, UN-fueled cermet is a very promising fuel candidate for a wide range of multi-megawatt space reactor systems, e.g., steady-state, flexible duty-cycle, or bimodal, single- or two-phase liquid-metal cooled reactors, or thermionic reactors. Cermet fuel is especially promising for reactor designs that require operational strategies which incorporate rapid power changes because of its anticipated capability to withstand thermal shock

  1. Infrared-Reflective Coating on Fused Silica for a Solar High-Temperature Receiver

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    Röger, Marc; Rickers, Christoph; Uhlig, Ralf; Neumann, Frank; Polenzky, Christina

    2007-01-01

    In concentrating solar power, high-temperature solar receivers can provide heat to highly efficient cycles for electricity or chemical production. Excessive heating of the fused-silica window and the resulting recrystallization are major problems of high-temperature receivers using windows. Excessive window temperatures can be avoided by applying an infrared-reflective solar-transparent coating on the fused-silica window inside. Both glass temperatures and receiver losses can be reduced. An i...

  2. Influence of solvents on properties of solar selective coatings obtained by spray pyrolysis

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    Mihaela Dudita; Luminita Isac; Anca Duta

    2012-11-01

    Solar selective coatings for solar thermal flat-plate collectors consisting of crystalline copper oxides and amorphous nickel oxide composites were obtained by robotic spray pyrolyzed deposition. The parameters were optimized for increased spectral selectivity (): high solar absorptance and low thermal emittance. The coatings were deposited using nickel and copper acetate, dissolved in mixed solvents with various water: ethanol ratios. The coatings’ properties were characterized in terms of crystalline composition (XRD), surface morphology (AFM, contact angle) and optical properties (solar absorptance, thermal emittance and spectral selectivity). Considering the precursor solutions composition (solvent, wetting behaviour), the growth processes were modelled for two different systems: predominant hydrophilic and predominant hydrophobic. The high selectivity values ( > 30) of the optimized composite coatings were explained based on two parallel mechanisms: intrinsic absorption and multiple reflections generated when absorbers with controlled roughness are deposited.

  3. Energy-Efficient Sol-Gel Process for Production of Nanocomposite Absorber Coatings for Tubular Solar Thermal Collectors

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    Scartezzini, Jean-Louis; Joly, Martin; Antonetti, Yann; Python, Martin; Gonzalez, Marina; Gascou, Thomas; Hessler, Aïcha; Schueler, Andreas

    2013-01-01

    The energy efficiency of production processes for components of solar energy systems is an important issue. Other factors which are important for the production of products such as black selective solar coatings include production speed, cycle time and homogeneity of the coating, as well as the minimization of the quantity of the needed chemical precursors. In this paper a new energy efficient production process is presented for production of optically selective coatings for solar thermal abs...

  4. Increasing the solar cell power output by coating with transition metal-oxide nanorods

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    Highlights: → Nanoparticles enhance solar cell efficiency. → Solar cell power increase by nanorod coating. → Metal-oxide nanorods are prepared in flames. → Molybdenum oxide nanorods effectively scatter light on solar cell surface. → Scattering efficiency depends on coating density. -- Abstract: Photovoltaic cells produce electric current through interactions among photons from an ambient light source and electrons in the semiconductor layer of the cell. However, much of the light incident on the panel is reflected or absorbed without inducing the photovoltaic effect. Transition metal-oxide nanoparticles, an inexpensive product of a process called flame synthesis, can cause scattering of light. Scattering can redirect photon flux, increasing the fraction of light absorbed in the thin active layer of silicon solar cells. This research aims to demonstrate that the application of transition metal-oxide nanorods to the surface of silicon solar panels can enhance the power output of the panels. Several solar panels were coated with a nanoparticle-methanol suspension, and the power outputs of the panels before and after the treatment were compared. The results demonstrate an increase in power output of up to 5% after the treatment. The presence of metal-oxide nanorods on the surface of the coated solar cells is confirmed by electron microscopy.

  5. Current technology for development of low solar absorptance/high emittance coatings. [spacecraft thermal control surface materials

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    Gilligan, J. E.; Harada, Y.; Gates, D. W.

    1974-01-01

    A comprehensive program to develop low solar absorptance/high emittance coatings, to be successful, must coordinate basic materials preparation, coatings technology, environmental simulation, production, and flight-test evaluation. The prime criteria for 'white' thermal-control coatings are low solar absorptance and, most importantly, solar-absorptance stability. Many variables affect the solar absorptance and its stability. These effects must be discerned and evaluated. The factors involved, however, are not entirely independent; accordingly, the present paper emphasizes the major variables, the relationships among them, and how important they are in improving the properties and performance of the coatings.

  6. Questionable effects of antireflective coatings on inefficiently cooled solar cells

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    Akhmatov, Vladislav; Galster, Georg; Larsen, Esben

    1998-01-01

    of the output power and efficiency curves throughout the day the coherence between technical parameters of the solar cells and the climate in the operation region is observed and examined. It is shown how the drop in output power around noon can be avoided by fitting technical parameters of the solar cells......A model for temperature effects in p-n junction solar cells is introduced. The temperature of solar cells and the losses in the solar cell junction region caused by elevating temperature are discussed. The model developed is examined for low-cost silicon solar cells. In order to improve the shape...

  7. Orbital dynamics of a solar sail accelerated by thermal desorption of coatings

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    Ancona, Elena

    2016-01-01

    In this study we considered a solar sail coated with materials that undergo thermal desorption at a specific temperature, as a result of heating by solar radiation at a particular heliocentric distance. Three different scenarios, that only differ in the way the sail approaches the Sun, were analyzed and compared. In every case once the perihelion is reached, the sail coat undergoes thermal desorption. When the desorption process ends, the sail then escapes the Solar System having the conventional acceleration due to solar radiation pressure. Thermal desorption here comes as an additional source of solar sail acceleration beside traditional propulsion systems for extrasolar space exploration. The compared scenarios are the following: i. Hohmann transfer plus thermal desorption. In this scenario the sail would be carried as a payload to the perihelion with a conventional propulsion system by an Hohmann transfer from Earth's orbit to an orbit very close to the Sun (almost at 0.1 AU) and then be deployed there. i...

  8. Refinement in black chrome for use as a solar selective coating

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    Mcdonald, G. E.

    1974-01-01

    Black chrome is significant as a solar selective coating because the current extensive use of black chrome in the electroplating industry as a durable decorative finish makes black chrome widely available on a commercial scale and potentially low in cost as a solar selective coating. Black-chrome deposits were modified by underplating with dull nickel or by being plated on rough surfaces. Both of these procedures increased the visible absorptance. There was no change in the infrared reflectance for the dull-nickel - black-chrome combination from that reported for the bright-nickel - black-chrome combination. However, the bright-nickel - black-chrome coating plated on rough surfaces indicated a slight decrease in infrared reflectance. As integrated over the solar spectrum for air mass 2, the reflectance of the dull-nickel - black-chrome coating was 0.077, of the bright-nickel - black-chrome coating plated on a 0.75-micron (30-microinch) surface was 0.070, of the bright-nickel - black-chrome coating plated on a 2.5 micron (100-microinch) surface was 0.064. The corresponding values for the bright-nickel - black-chrome coating on a 0.0125-micron (0.5-microinch) surface, two samples of black nickel, and two samples of Nextrel black paint were 0.132, 0.123, 0.133, and 0.033, respectively.

  9. Preliminary study of a solar selective coating system using black cobalt oxide for high temperature solar collectors

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    Mcdonald, G.

    1980-01-01

    Black cobalt oxide coatings (high solar absorptance layer) were deposited on thin layers of silver or gold (low emittance layer) which had been previously deposited on oxidized (diffusion barrier layer) stainless steel substrates. The reflectance properties of these coatings were measured at various thicknesses of cobalt for integrated values of the solar and infrared spectrum. The values of absorptance and emittance were calculated from the measured reflectance values, before and after exposure in air at 650 C for approximately 1000 hours. Absorptance and emittance were interdependent functions of the weight of cobalt oxide. Also, these cobalt oxide/noble metal/oxide diffusion barrier coatings have absorptances greater than 0.90 and emittances of approximately 0.20 even after about 1000 hours at 650 C.

  10. Final Technical Report CONDUCTIVE COATINGS FOR SOLAR CELLS USING CARBON NANOTUBES

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    Paul J Glatkowski; Jorma Peltola; Christopher Weeks; Mike Trottier; David Britz

    2007-09-30

    US Department of Energy (DOE) awarded a grant for Eikos Inc. to investigate the feasibility of developing and utilizing Transparent Conducting Coatings (TCCs) based on carbon nanotubes (CNT) for solar cell applications. Conventional solar cells today employ metal oxide based TCCs with both Electrical Resistivity (R) and Optical Transparency (T), commonly referred to as optoelectronic (RT) performance significantly higher than with those possible with CNT based TCCs available today. Transparent metal oxide based coatings are also inherently brittle requiring high temperature in vacuum processing and are thus expensive to manufacture. One such material is indium tin oxide (ITO). Global demand for indium has recently increased rapidly while supply has diminished causing substantial spikes in raw material cost and availability. In contrast, the raw material, carbon, needed for CNT fabrication is abundantly available. Transparent Conducting Coatings based on CNTs can overcome not only cost and availability constraints while also offering the ability to be applied by existing, low cost process technologies under ambient conditions. Processes thus can readily be designed both for rigid and flexible PV technology platforms based on mature spray or dip coatings for silicon based solar cells and continuous roll to roll coating processes for polymer solar applications.

  11. Properties of Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition Barrier Coatings and Encapsulated Polymer Solar Cells

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    In this paper, we report silicon oxide coatings deposited by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition technology (PECVD) on 125 μm polyethyleneterephthalate (PET) surfaces for the purpose of the shelf lifetime extension of sealed polymer solar cells. After optimization of the processing parameters, we achieved a water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) of ca. 10−3 g/m2/day with the oxygen transmission rate (OTR) less than 0.05 cc/m2/day, and succeeded in extending the shelf lifetime to about 400 h in encapsulated solar cells. And then the chemical structure of coatings related to the properties of encapsulated cell was investigated in detail. (plasma technology)

  12. Progress Toward Developing a Durable High-Temperature Solar Selective Coating (Poster)

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    Kennedy, C.; Price, H. W.

    2007-03-01

    Increasing the operating temperature of parabolic trough solar fields from 400 C to >450 C will increase their efficiency and reduce the cost of electricity. Current coatings do not have the stability and performance necessary to move to higher operating temperatures. The objective is to develop new, more efficient selective coatings with both high solar absoprtance ({alpha} > 0.96) and low thermal emittance ({var_epsilon} < 0.07) that are thermally stable above 450 C, ideally in air, with improved durability and manufacturability, and reduced cost.

  13. Dual-Band EUV Multilayer Coatings for Solar Physics Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — We propose to develop and commercialize a new class of multilayer interference coating that is designed to provide high reflection efficiency in two disparate...

  14. Broad-Band EUV Multilayer Coatings For Solar Physics Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — We propose to develop and commercialize a new class of aperiodic multilayer coating that is designed to provide high normal-incidence reflectance over a wide...

  15. Simulated space environmental exposure of optical coatings for spacecraft solar rejection.

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    Barrie, James D; Meshishnek, Michael J; Fuqua, Peter D; Rostel, W Chris

    2002-06-01

    Dielectric multilayers composed of niobium pentoxide and silicon dioxide, designed for broadband solar rejection, were exposed to a simulated space environment of ultraviolet light and low-energy (10-20-keV) electron radiation. Samples exhibited various degrees of exposure-induced absorption extending from the ultraviolet to the infrared. Processing variations were correlated to damage susceptibility, and methods were identified that produced parts that exhibited no degradation even though the same materials and coating design were used. Coatings prepared under energetic deposition conditions that provided the densest and most moisture-stable coatings exhibited the best stability to the exposure conditions used. PMID:12064394

  16. Performance improvement of silicon solar cells by nanoporous silicon coating

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    Dzhafarov T. D.

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available In the present paper the method is shown to improve the photovoltaic parameters of screen-printed silicon solar cells by nanoporous silicon film formation on the frontal surface of the cell using the electrochemical etching. The possible mechanisms responsible for observed improvement of silicon solar cell performance are discussed.

  17. Comparison of additive amount used in spin-coated and roll-coated organic solar cells

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    Cheng, Pei; Lin, Yuze; Zawacka, Natalia Klaudia;

    2014-01-01

    .73% with 9% (v/v) DIO. The optimal amounts of DIO, when using the roll-coating process for the two different active layers (5% and 9% respectively) are significantly higher than those for the spin-coating process (2.5% and 4%, respectively), which is ascribed to a fundamentally different drying mechanism....

  18. High temperature resistant cermet and ceramic compositions

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    Phillips, W. M. (Inventor)

    1978-01-01

    Cermet compositions having high temperature oxidation resistance, high hardness and high abrasion and wear resistance, and particularly adapted for production of high temperature resistant cermet insulator bodies are presented. The compositions are comprised of a sintered body of particles of a high temperature resistant metal or metal alloy, preferably molybdenum or tungsten particles, dispersed in and bonded to a solid solution formed of aluminum oxide and silicon nitride, and particularly a ternary solid solution formed of a mixture of aluminum oxide, silicon nitride and aluminum nitride. Also disclosed are novel ceramic compositions comprising a sintered solid solution of aluminum oxide, silicon nitride and aluminum nitride.

  19. Laser processing of solar cells with anti-reflective coating

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    Harley, Gabriel; Smith, David D.; Dennis, Tim; Waldhauer, Ann; Kim, Taeseok; Cousins, Peter John

    2016-02-16

    Contact holes of solar cells are formed by laser ablation to accommodate various solar cell designs. Use of a laser to form the contact holes is facilitated by replacing films formed on the diffusion regions with a film that has substantially uniform thickness. Contact holes may be formed to deep diffusion regions to increase the laser ablation process margins. The laser configuration may be tailored to form contact holes through dielectric films of varying thicknesses.

  20. Selective coating for solar panels. [using black chrome and black nickel

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    Mcdonald, G. E. (Inventor)

    1977-01-01

    The energy absorbing properties of solar heating panels are improved by depositing a black chrome coating of controlled thickness on a specially prepared surface of a metal substrate. The surface is prepared by depositing a dull nickel on the substrate, and the black chrome is plated on this low emittance surface to a thickness between 0.5 micron and 2.5 microns.

  1. Preparation of silver-coated glass frit and its application in silicon solar cells

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    Feng, Xiang; Biyuan, Li; Yingfen, Li; Jian, Zhou; Weiping, Gan

    2016-07-01

    A simple electroless plating process was employed to prepare silver-coated glass frits for solar cells. The surface of the glass frits was modified with polyvinyl-pyrrolidone (PVP) before the electroless plating process. Infrared (IR) spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and x-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to characterize the PVP modified glass frits and investigate the mechanism of the modification process. It was found that the PVP molecules adsorbed on the glass frit surface and reduced the silver ions to the silver nanoparticles. Through epitaxial growth, these nanoparticles were uniformly deposited onto the surface of the glass frit. Silicon solar cells with this novel silver coating exhibited a photoelectric conversion efficiency increase of 0.33%. Compared with the electroless plating processes, this method provides a simple route to prepare silver-coated glass frits without introducing impurity ions.

  2. Comparative Study on the Effects of Surfactants on the Electroless Copper Coated Solar Cell and Optimizing Its Process Parameters

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    M. Jeevarani; Elansezhian, R.

    2014-01-01

    An experimental investigation on optimizing process parameters in the electroless copper coatings on solar photovoltaic cells under specific coating conditions has been carried out and reported. Coating parameters such as pH, temperature, and surfactants concentration were varied, and corresponding coating thickness and voltage were measured. To optimize the above parameters, design of experiment was conducted using full factorial method. The pH was varied at 4 different values such as 4-5, 5...

  3. Thickness dependence of photovoltaic performance of additional spray coated solar cells

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    We report the photovoltaic performance of solar cells with various active layer thicknesses prepared through “additional spray coating” method, which includes the spraying of o-dichlorobenzene (viz. pristine solvent) after the conventional spray coating of a mixture of poly(3-hexylthiophene): [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester as active layer solution. The thickness of the active layer for which maximal efficiency was achieved was found to be around 220 nm with highly efficient light harvesting and charge transfer due to the minimization of internal pinholes. Particularly, the short circuit current and fill factor did not decrease severely with the increment of the thickness of the active layer (even to as high as 737 nm). This is as opposed to the spin coated device, which performance gradually drops with increasing thickness. This trend may be ascribed to the formation of uneven pathway for charge carriers and more efficient light harvesting due to the interconnection of droplets formed by additional solvent spray coating. - Highlights: ► Thick solar cell organic active layers were prepared by spray coating. ► The optimum active layer thickness of our spray coated layers was around 220 nm. ► The performance for organic spray coating is independent of device thickness. ► Even at above 700 nm, the power conversion efficiency remains 85% of the best device. ► Moderate drops of efficiency come from uneven pathway for charge carriers

  4. Dye-sensitized solar cells based on low cost carbon-coated tungsten disulphide counter electrodes

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    Highlights: •Carbon-coated WS2 films are used as the counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells. •The plastic carbon-coated WS2 counter electrodes are prepared at room temperature. •The device with carbon-coated WS2 electrode exhibits comparable performance to that of the cell with Pt electrode. -- Abstract: Carbon-coated tungsten disulphide (WS2) is synthesized using a simple method and characterized with X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy and laser Raman spectrum. The WS2-based counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are prepared at low temperature. The electrochemical catalytic activity of the WS2 counter electrodes is investigated using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The DSSCs assembled with carbon-coated WS2 counter electrodes show a photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 5.5%, which is comparable to that of the DSSCs based on Pt electrode (5.6%). Plastic WS2 counter electrodes are also prepared which give a photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 5.0%. Our study indicates that carbon-coated WS2 is a good candidate to replace the Pt counter electrodes in DSSCs

  5. Performance of "Moth Eye" Anti-Reflective Coatings for Solar Cell Applications

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    Clark, E.; Kane, M.; Jiang, P.

    2011-03-14

    An inexpensive, effective anti-reflective coating (ARC) has been developed at the University of Florida to significantly enhance the absorption of light by silicon in solar cells. This coating has nano-scale features, and its microstructure mimics that of various night active insects (e.g. a moth's eye). It is a square array of pillars, each about 700 nm high and having a diameter of about 300 nm. Samples of silicon having this coating were exposed either to various combinations of either elevated temperature and humidity or to gamma irradiation ({sup 60}Co) at the Savannah River National Laboratory, or to a broad spectrum ultraviolet light and to a 532 nm laser light at the University of Florida. The anti-reflective properties of the coatings were unaffected by any of these environmental stresses, and the microstructure of the coating was also unaffected. In fact, the reflectivity of the gamma irradiated ARC became lower (advantageous for solar cell applications) at wavelengths between 400 and 1000 nm. These results show that this coating is robust and should be tested in actual systems exposed to either weather or a space environment. Structural details of the ARCs were studied to optimize their performance. Square arrays performed better than hexagonal arrays - the natural moth-eye coating is indeed a square array. The optimal depth of the templated nanopillars in the ARC was investigated. A wet etching technology for ARC formation was developed that would be less expensive and much faster than dry etching. Theoretical modeling revealed that dimple arrays should perform better than nipple arrays. A method of fabricating both dimple and nipple arrays having the same length was developed, and the dimple arrays performed better than the nipple arrays, in agreement with the modeling. The commercial viability of the technology is quite feasible, since the technology is scalable and inexpensive. This technology is also compatible with current industrial

  6. Passivating Window/First Layer AR Coating for Space Solar Cells

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    Faur, Mircea; Faur, Maria; Bailey, S. G.; Flood, D. J.; Brinker, D. J.; Alterovitz, S. A.; Wheeler, D. R.; Matesscu, G.; Goradia, C.; Goradia, M.

    2004-01-01

    Chemically grown oxides, if well designed, offer excellent surface passivation of the emitter surface of space solar cells and can be used as effective passivating window/first layer AR coating. In this paper, we demonstrate the effectiveness of using a simple room temperature wet chemical technique to grow cost effective passivating layers on solar cell front surfaces after the front grid metallization step. These passivating layers can be grown both on planar and porous surfaces. Our results show that these oxide layers: (i) can effectively passivate the from the surface, (ii) can serve as an effective optical window/first layer AR coating, (iii) are chemically, thermally and UV stable, and (iv) have the potential of improving the BOL and especially the EOL efficiency of space solar cells. The potential of using this concept to simplify the III-V based space cell heterostructures while increasing their BOL and EOL efficiency is also discussed.

  7. Evaluation of Cermet Fuels Test Data

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    Test results characterizing ceramic-metallic (cermet) fuels are available from fuel development programs conducted for the ANP project, the 710 reactor program and the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) nuclear rocket program. There is some overlap in the materials candidates tested in these programs. Test conditions were however significantly different due to wide variation in intended applications of these high temperature cermet fuels. This paper provides an overview of these development efforts, define (where possible) the damage mechanisms thought to be responsible for fuel operating limitations, and identify the fundamental physical mechanisms thought to be responsible. In more recent years, a new form of cermet fuels based on uranium-zirconium carbonitride (U,Zr)CN was developed and tested by the Innovative Nuclear Space Power and Propulsion Institute, University of Florida, and the Scientific Research Associates 'LUTCH' of Russia. The most significant outcome of the joint INSPILUTCH program was the establishment of the high temperature characteristics of the uranium-zirconium carbonitride, (U,Zr)CN and its long term compatibility with the metallic matrix. The improved features of uranium-zirconium carbonitride include chemical compatibility with tungsten matrix and stability at temperatures as high as 3300 K, high uranium density, and high thermal conductivity. The paper also presents a brief summary of the (U,Zr)CN base cermet fuel test results. (authors)

  8. Optical materials technology for energy efficiency and solar energy conversion VII; Proceedings of the Meeting, Hamburg, Federal Republic of Germany, Sept. 19-21, 1988

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    Granqvist, Claes G.; Lampert, Carl M.

    Various papers on optical materials technology for energy efficiency and solar energy conversion are presented. Individual topics addressed include: nonlinear optical effects in organic molecules and polymers, optical and electrical properties of amorphous Li(x)WO3 films, electrochromism in sputtered vanadium pentoxide, characterization of nickel oxide electrochromic films, radiative cooling with pigmented polyethylene foils, plasma-film interactions in RF sputtered a-Si:H and a-Ge:H, metal oxyfluoride coatings for energy-efficient windows, fatigue-resistant photochromic plastics, evaporated VO(x) thin films, electrochromism in nickel oxide films, system design for high-rate deposition of indium oxide solar coatings, performance and bandwidth analysis of holographic solar reflectors, laser and spectroscopic characterization of thin films, high-efficiency collectors for solar energy applications, influence of surface roughness on the optical properties of cermet coatings, and sputtered aluminum composite selective absorbing surfaces.

  9. Enhanced Erbium-Doped Ceria Nanostructure Coating to Improve Solar Cell Performance

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    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper discusses the effect of adding reduced erbium-doped ceria nanoparticles (REDC NPs as a coating on silicon solar cells. Reduced ceria nanoparticles doped with erbium have the advantages of both improving conductivity and optical conversion of solar cells. Oxygen vacancies in ceria nanoparticles reduce Ce4+ to Ce3+ which follow the rule of improving conductivity of solar cells through the hopping mechanism. The existence of Ce3+ helps in the down-conversion from 430 nm excitation to 530 nm emission. The erbium dopant forms energy levels inside the low-phonon ceria host to up-convert the 780 nm excitations into green and red emissions. When coating reduced erbium-doped ceria nanoparticles on the back side of a solar cell, a promising improvement in the solar cell efficiency has been observed from 15% to 16.5% due to the mutual impact of improved electric conductivity and multi-optical conversions. Finally, the impact of the added coater on the electric field distribution inside the solar cell has been studied.

  10. Development of a Long-Life-Cycle, Highly Water-Resistant Solar Reflective Retrofit Roof Coating

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    Polyzos, Georgios [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Hunter, Scott [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Sharma, Jaswinder [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Cheng, Mengdawn [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Chen, Sharon S. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Demarest, Victoria [Dow Chemical Company; Fabiny, William [Dow Chemical Company; Destaillats, Hugo [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Levinson, Ronnen [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2016-03-04

    Highly water-resistant and solar-reflective coatings for low-slope roofs are potentially among the most economical retrofit approaches to thermal management of the building envelope. Therefore, they represent a key building technology research program within the Department of Energy. Research efforts in industry and the Department of Energy are currently under way to increase long-term solar reflectance on a number of fronts. These include new polymer coatings technologies to provide longer-lasting solar reflectivity and improved test methodologies to predict long-term soiling and microbial performance. The focus on long-term improvements in soiling and microbial resistance for maximum reflectance does not address the single most important factor impacting the long-term sustainability of low-slope roof coatings: excellent water resistance. The hydrophobic character of asphaltic roof products makes them uniquely suitable for water resistance, but their low albedo and poor exterior durability are disadvantages. A reflective coating that maintains very high water resistance with increased long-term resistance to soiling and microbial activity would provide additional energy savings and extend roof service life.

  11. Super-hydrophilic and solar-heat-reflective coatings for smart windows

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    Hydrophilic and solar-heat-reflective coatings were deposited on glass substrates by radio-frequency sputtering. This bifunctional coating was a multilayer film consisting of SiO2, TiO2, and a heat-resistant silver alloy, which was used instead of pure silver. The multilayer film was used to improve the spectral reflection and spectral transmission properties. The heat-resistant silver alloy developed in this study facilitated the formation of an anatase layer on the surface of the coating at elevated temperatures. The photocatalytic anatase layer made the surface hydrophilic. The hydrophilic and optical properties of samples prepared at various temperatures were determined. Under ultraviolet irradiation, the water contact angle decreased from around 60° to 6° for a sample with an anatase surface layer. The sample glass reflected most of the infrared light and simultaneously transmitted visible light. - Highlights: ► Multilayer coatings for hydrophilic and solar-heat-reflective functions on glass ► Thin, heat-resistant silver alloy layer facilitated the formation of anatase. ► Photo-induced hydrophilicity was achieved using a top anatase layer. ► Drastic drop of water contact angle under UV irradiation obtained for some samples ► Excellent spectral selectivity of the TiO2/SiO2/Ag alloy/SiO2/Ag coating for daylight

  12. Variable Emittance Electrochromics Using Ionic Electrolytes and Low Solar Absorptance Coatings

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    Chandrasekhar, Prasanna

    2011-01-01

    One of the last remaining technical hurdles with variable emittance devices or skins based on conducting polymer electrochromics is the high solar absorptance of their top surfaces. This high solar absorptance causes overheating of the skin when facing the Sun in space. Existing technologies such as mechanical louvers or loop heat pipes are virtually inapplicable to micro (coatings lower the solar absorption to Alpha(s) of between 0.30 and 0.46. Coupled with the emittance properties of the variable emittance skins, this lowers the surface temperature of the skins facing the Sun to between 30 and 60 C, which is much lower than previous results of 100 C, and is well within acceptable satellite operations ranges. The performance of this technology is better than that of current new technologies such as microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), electrostatics, and electrophoretics, especially in applications involving micro and nano spacecraft. The coatings are deposited inside a high vacuum, layering multiple coatings onto the top surfaces of variable emittance skins. They are completely transparent in the entire relevant infrared region (about 2 to 45 microns), but highly reflective in the visible-NIR (near infrared) region of relevance to solar absorptance.

  13. Methods of fabricating cermet materials and methods of utilizing same

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    Kong, Peter C.

    2006-04-04

    Methods of fabricating cermet materials and methods of utilizing the same such as in filtering particulate and gaseous pollutants from internal combustion engines having intermetallic and ceramic phases. The cermet material may be made from a transition metal aluminide phase and an aluminia phase. The mixture may be pressed to form a green compact body and then heated in a nitrogen-containing atmosphere so as to melt aluminum particles and form the cermet. Filler materials may be added to increase the porosity or tailor the catalytic properties of the cermet material. Additionally, the cermet material may be reinforced with fibers or screens. The cermet material may also be formed so as to pass an electrical current therethrough to heat the material during use.

  14. POSS(Registered TradeMark) Coatings for Solar Cells: An Update

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    Brandhorst, Henry; Isaacs-Smith, Tamara; Wells, Brian; Lichtenhan, Joseph D.; Fu, Bruce X.

    2007-01-01

    Presently, solar cells are covered with Ce-doped microsheet cover glasses that are attached with Dow Corning DC 93-500 silicone adhesive. Various antireflection coatings are often applied to the cover glass to increase cell performance. This general approach has been used from the beginning of space exploration. However, it is expensive and time consuming. Furthermore, as the voltage of solar arrays increases, significant arcing has occurred in solar arrays, leading to loss of satellite power. The cause has been traced to differential voltages between strings and the close spacing between them with no insulation covering the edges of the solar cells. In addition, this problem could be ameliorated if the cover glass extended over the edges of the cell, but this would impact packing density. An alternative idea that might solve all these issues and be less expensive and more protective is to develop a coating that could be applied over the entire array. Such a coating must be resistant to atomic oxygen for low earth orbits below about 700 km, it must be resistant to ultraviolet radiation for all earth and near-sun orbits and, of course, it must withstand the damaging effects of space radiation. Coating flexibility would be an additional advantage. Based on past experience, one material that has many of the desired attributes of a universal protective coating is the Dow Corning DC 93-500. Of all the potential optical plastics, it appears to be the most suitable for use in space. As noted above, DC 93-500 has been extensively used to attach cover glasses to crystalline solar cells and has worked exceptionally well over the years. It is flexible and generally resistant to electrons, protons and ultraviolet (UV and VUV) radiation; although a VUV-rejection coating or VUV-absorbing ceria-doped cover glass may be required for long mission durations. It can also be applied in a thin coating (cells and destroy the essential clarity needed for a concentrator lens.

  15. Calculation of reflectance of porous silicon double-layer antireflection coating for silicon solar cells

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    Martirosyan, Kh.S.; Hovhannisyan, A.S.; Aroutiounian, V.M. [Department of Physics of Semiconductors and Microelectronics, Yerevan State University, 375025 Yerevan (Armenia)

    2007-07-01

    Calculations of the reflectance spectrum of the double-layer porous silicon antireflection coating for silicon solar cells were carried out using optical matrix approach method. Comparison of obtained reflectance spectrum of double-layer porous silicon with the spectra obtained experimentally without optimization of parameters of layers and for the SiO{sub 2}/TiO{sub 2} antireflection coating was shown lower reflectance value for this new construction proposed by us. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  16. Lighting and cooling energy consumption in an open-plan office using solar film coating

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    In subtropical Hong Kong, solar heat gain via glazing contributes to a significant proportion of the building envelope cooling load. The principal fenestration design includes eliminating direct sunlight and reducing cooling requirements. Daylighting is an effective approach to allow a flexible building facade design strategy, and to enhance an energy-efficient and green building development. This paper studies the lighting and cooling energy performances for a fully air-conditioned open-plan office when solar control films together with daylight-linked lighting controls are being used. Measurements were undertaken at two stages including the electricity expenditures for the office using photoelectric dimming controls only (first stage) and together with the solar control film coatings on the windows (second stage). Electric lighting and cooling energy consumption, transmitted daylight illuminance and solar radiation were systematically recorded and analysed. The measured data were also used for conducting and validating the building energy simulations. The findings showed that the solar film coatings coupled with lighting dimming controls cut down 21.2% electric lighting and 6.9% cooling energy consumption for the open-plan office

  17. Corrosion Properties of Black Nickel Coating on Aluminum for Solar Heating Applications

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    A simple process of electroplated bright nickel is investigated to produce ultra high solar absorber coating on the aluminum substrates, which has high corrosion resistance. The corrosion resistance varies with deposition conditions of black Ni layer on the coating bath. Evaluation of the coatings was carried out by measurement of corrosion resistance and optical properties optimized in order to give the maximum selectivity (a/e) value. The deposition parameters are found to affect corrosion resistance of the coat. Corrosion resistance of the films was evaluated in 3.5% sodium chloride solution potentiodynamic polarization. The prepared samples were characterized using potentiostat, galvanostat Autolab, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM), UV-VIS-NIR,V-570 Jasco, Japan, spectrophotometer. XRD patterns showed that the ZnS and ZnS:Ni nanoparticles have zinc blend structure with the crystallite sizes of about 6-25 nm range. The results also showed that applying the coat on aluminum substrates resulted in best bath composition of NiSO4, ZnSO4, NH4NiSO4, NaSCN, at Ph=5.6 to 5.9, Temp. 55°C and current density 0.02 A/cm2. The coating has emittance 0.31% and absorption 98.52%, selectivity about (α/ε) = 184.98, and Corrosion rate= 0.00916 mm/year.

  18. Antireflective coatings for multijunction solar cells under wide-angle ray bundles.

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    Victoria, Marta; Domínguez, César; Antón, Ignacio; Sala, Gabriel

    2012-03-26

    Two important aspects must be considered when optimizing antireflection coatings (ARCs) for multijunction solar cells to be used in concentrators: the angular light distribution over the cell created by the particular concentration system and the wide spectral bandwidth the solar cell is sensitive to. In this article, a numerical optimization procedure and its results are presented. The potential efficiency enhancement by means of ARC optimization is calculated for several concentrating PV systems. In addition, two methods for ARCs direct characterization are presented. The results of these show that real ARCs slightly underperform theoretical predictions. PMID:22453483

  19. Low reflectance of diamond-like carbon/porous silicon double layer antireflection coating for silicon solar cells

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    Aroutiounian, V M [Department of Semiconductor Physics and Microelectronics, Yerevan State University, 1 Alex Manoogian Street, Yerevan 375025 (Armenia); Martirosyan, Kh [Department of Semiconductor Physics and Microelectronics, Yerevan State University, 1 Alex Manoogian Street, Yerevan 375025 (Armenia); Soukiassian, P [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Laboratoire SIMA associe a l' Universite Paris-Sud/Orsay, DSM-DRECAM-SPCSI, Saclay, Batiment 462, 91191 Gif sur Yvette Cedex (France)

    2004-10-07

    Reflectance calculations for diamond-like carbon (DLC) antireflection thin-film coatings on porous silicon (PS) have been carried out using the optical matrix approach method. Comparison with the reflectance spectrum obtained for other antireflection coatings shows a much lower reflectance with a larger energy range including the ultraviolet, visible and infrared regions of the solar spectrum for the DLC/PS double layer. This finding is relevant in solar cell applications. (rapid communication)

  20. Design of multi-layer anti-reflection coating for terrestrial solar panel glass

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    B GEETHA PRIYADARSHINI; A K SHARMA

    2016-06-01

    To date, there is no ideal anti-reflection (AR) coating available on solar glass which can effectively transmit the incident light within the visible wavelength range. However, there is a need to develop multifunctional coatingwith superior anti-reflection properties and self-cleaning ability meant to be used for solar glass panels. In spite of self-cleaning ability of materials like TiO2 and ZnO, these coatings on glass substrate have tendency to reduce lighttransmission due to their high refractive indices than glass. Thus, to infuse the anti-reflective property, a low refractive index, SiO$_2$ layer needs to be used in conjunction with TiO$_2$ and ZnO layers. In such case, the optimization ofindividual layer thickness is crucial to achieve maximum transmittance of the visible light. In the present study, we propose an omni-directional anti-reflection coating design for the visible spectral wavelength range of 400–700 nm,where the maximum intensity of light is converted into electrical energy. Herein, we employ the quarter wavelength criteria using SiO$_2$, TiO$_2$ and ZnO to design the coating composed of single, double and triple layers. The thicknessof individual layers was optimized for maximum light transmittance using essential Mcleod simulation software to produce destructive interference between reflected waves and constructive interference between transmitted waves.

  1. Reflectivity, polarization properties, and durability of metallic mirror coatings for the European Solar Telescope

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    Feller, A.; Krishnappa, N.; Pleier, O.; Hirzberger, J.; Jobst, P. J.; Schürmann, M.

    2012-09-01

    In the context of the conceptual design study for the European Solar Telescope (EST) we have investigated different metallic mirror coatings in terms of reflectivity, polarization properties and durability. Samples of the following coating types have been studied: bare aluminum, silver with different dielectric layers for protection and UV enhancement, and an aluminum-silver combination. From 2009 to 2011 we have carried out a long-term durability test under realistic observing conditions at the VTT solar telescope of the Observatorio del Teide (Tenerife, Spain), accompanied by repeated reflectivity measurements in the EST spectral working range (0.3 - 20 μm), and by polarization measurements in the visible range. The test results allow us to find the optimum coatings for the different mirrors in the EST beampath and to eventually assess aging effects and re-coating cycles. The results of the polarization measurements are a valuable input for an EST telescope polarization model, helping to meet the stringent requirements on polarimetric accuracy.

  2. Titanium dioxide antireflection coating for silicon solar cells by spray deposition

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    Kern, W.; Tracy, E.

    1980-01-01

    A high-speed production process is described for depositing a single-layer, quarter-wavelength thick antireflection coating of titanium dioxide on metal-patterned single-crystal silicon solar cells for terrestrial applications. Controlled atomization spraying of an organotitanium solution was selected as the most cost-effective method of film deposition using commercial automated equipment. The optimal composition consists of titanium isopropoxide as the titanium source, n-butyl acetate as the diluent solvent, sec-butanol as the leveling agent, and 2-ethyl-1-hexanol to render the material uniformly depositable. Application of the process to the coating of circular, large-diameter solar cells with either screen-printed silver metallization or with vacuum-evaporated Ti/Pd/Ag metallization showed increases of over 40% in the electrical conversion efficiency. Optical characteristics, corrosion resistance, and several other important properties of the spray-deposited film are reported. Experimental evidence indicates a wide tolerance in the coating thickness upon the overall efficiency of the cell. Considerations pertaining to the optimization of AR coatings in general are discussed, and a comprehensive critical survey of the literature is presented.

  3. Metal-Matrix Hardmetal/Cermet Reinforced Composite Powders for Thermal Spray

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    Dmitri GOLJANDIN

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Recycling of materials is becoming increasingly important as industry response to public demands, that resources must be preserved and environment protected. To produce materials competitive in cost with primary product, secondary producers have to pursue new technologies and other innovations. For these purposes different recycling technologies for composite materials (oxidation, milling, remelting etc are widely used. The current paper studies hardmetal/cermet powders produced by mechanical milling technology. The following composite materials were studied: Cr3C2-Ni cermets and WC-Co hardmetal. Different disintegrator milling systems for production of powders with determined size and shape were used. Chemical composition of produced powders was analysed.  To estimate the properties of recycled hardmetal/cermet powders, sieving analysis, laser granulometry and angularity study were conducted. To describe the angularity of milled powders, spike parameter–quadric fit (SPQ was used and experiments for determination of SPQ sensitivity and precision to characterize particles angularity were performed. Images used for calculating SPQ were taken by SEM processed with Omnimet Image Analyser 22. The graphs of grindability and angularity were composed. Composite powders based on Fe- and Ni-self-fluxing alloys for thermal spray (plasma and HVOF were produced. Technological properties of powders and properties of thermal sprayed coatings from studied powders were investigated. The properties of spray powders reinforced with recycled hardmetal and cermet particles as alternatives for cost-sensitive applications were demonstrated.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.18.1.1348

  4. Solar-driven self-cleaning coating for a painted surface

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    Here we show that a solar driven, self-cleaning coating was deposited onto organic fluorocarbon paint using a hybrid system. The system utilizes the corona treatment technique, the inert sol-gel coating and the anatase TiO2 layer. With the corona treatment, an organic surface was activated to allow a uniform TiO2 sol-gel coating. This sol-gel layer has two functions: firstly, it acts as binder to adhere the nano size TiO2 particles; secondly, it acts as barrier to prevent substrate-damage from the photo-catalytic reaction. Using this approach, a strong and crack-free TiO2 sol-gel coating was obtained. The very fresh TiO2 sol-gel coating shows almost zero water contact angle even without exposure to sunlight, and this super-hydrophilic property is retained under sunlight irradiation. These properties differentiate our approach from other study. With such photo-catalytic and hydrophilic characteristics, dirt residues on the surface were either readily oxidized or simply washed away by rain. (authors)

  5. Preorganization of Nanostructured Inks for Roll-to-Roll-Coated Polymer Solar Cells

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    Krebs, Frederik C; Senkovskyy, Volodymyr; Kiriy, Anton

    2010-01-01

    The challenges associated with obtaining the desired nanomorphology of the active layer in polymer solar cells were addressed through preparation of conjugated polymer chains grown from the surface of seed nanoparticles with a well-defined size. Poly-3-hexylthiophene (P3HT) was thus polymerized u...... from single cells to two, three, and eight serially connected cells. The power conversion efficiency for the polymer solar cell modules were in the range of 0.8%-1.2% with an active area of up to 120 cm.......The challenges associated with obtaining the desired nanomorphology of the active layer in polymer solar cells were addressed through preparation of conjugated polymer chains grown from the surface of seed nanoparticles with a well-defined size. Poly-3-hexylthiophene (P3HT) was thus polymerized......, a preorganized ink was obtained that was used to make polymer solar cell modules in a full roll-to-roll coating and printing process operating in ambient air. The polymer solar cells were thus prepared by a mixture of slot die and flat-bed screen printing. Various polymer solar cell modules were prepared ranging...

  6. Magnesium Cermets and Magnesium-Beryllium Alloys

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    The paper describes some results of work on the development of magnesium-magnesium oxide cermets and of super heat-resistant magnesiumberyllium alloys produced by powder metallurgical methods. The introduction of even a minute quantity of finely dispersed magnesium oxide into magnesium results in a strengthening of the material, the degree of which increases with increased magnesium oxide concentration, although variation of this concentration within the limits of 0.3 to 5 wt.% has a comparatively slight effect on the corresponding variation in the short-term strength over the whole range of temperatures investigated. At 20oC, in the case of the cermets, σβ = 28 to 31 kg/mm2 and δ = 3 .5 to 4.5%; at 500oC σβ = 2.6 to 3.2 kg/mm2 and δ =30 to 40%. The positive effect of the finely dispersed oxide phase is particularly evident in protracted tests. For magnesium cermets, σ (300)/100 = 2.2 kg/mm2. Characteristic of the mixtures is the high thermal stability of the strength properties, linked chiefly with the thermodynamic stability of the strength-giving oxide phase in the metal matrix. The use of powder metallurgical methods has yielded super heat-resistant magnesium-beryllium alloys containing heightened concentrations of beryllium (PMB alloys). In their strength characteristics PMB alloys are close to Mg-MgO cermets, but the magnesium-beryllium alloys have a degree and duration of resistance to high temperature oxidation which exceeds the corresponding qualities of the magnesium alloys at present known. Thus, in air of 580oC, PMB alloys with 2 to 5% beryllium maintain a high resistance to oxidation for a period of over 12000 to 14000 h. This long-term heat resistance is chiefly a result of the amount of beryllium in the alloy, and increases with increasing beryllium content. PMB alloys are also marked by high resistance to short bursts of overheating. Magnesium cermets and magnesium-beryllium alloys, with their enhanced high-temperature stability, are capable

  7. Roll-coating fabrication of ITO-free flexible solar cells based on a non-fullerene small molecule acceptor

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    Liu, Wenqing; Shi, Hangqi; Andersen, Thomas Rieks;

    2015-01-01

    We report organic solar cells (OSCs) with non-fullerene small molecule acceptors (SMAs) prepared in large area via a roll coating process. We employ all solution-processed indium tin oxide (ITO)-free flexible substrates for inverted solar cells with a new SMA of F(DPP)(2)B-2. By utilizing poly(3...

  8. Optical Properties of Black Nickel-Zinc Coating on Aluminum For Solar Heating Applications

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    The present study describes the performance of selective coatings to get maximum solar absorbance and minimum thermal emittance. Aluminum substrates, covered with Ni electroplated base layer, have been used to show the influence of thickness and deposition condition of black Ni layer on the optical performance of selective coatings. Evaluation of the coatings was carried out by adhesion, measurement of coating thickness and optical properties. The deposition process parameters are optimized in order to give the maximum selectivity (a/s) value. The deposition parameters are found to affect the thickness of the coat. As the coat thickness decreases the absorptive increases and the emissivity decreases. The structure and optical properties of the prepared samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM), UV- VIS - NIR, V-570 Jasco, Japan, spectrophotometer and XRD patterns showed that the ZnS and ZnS:Ni nanoparticles have zinc blended structure with the crystallite sizes of about 6-25 nm range. The value of optical band gap has been found to be in range 3.2- 3.7 eV The results also show that applying the coat on aluminum substrates resulted in best bath composition NiSCU, ZnSC>4, NFLiNiSO4, NaSCN, at ph = 5.6 to 5.9 and temp. 55°C current density 0.02 mA/cm , have emittance 0.31% and absorption 98.52% and selectivity about (a/ s) =184.98.

  9. Seasonal adjustment of solar heat gain independent of coat coloration in a desert mammal.

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    Walsberg, G E; Weaver, T; Wolf, B O

    1997-01-01

    Despite the apparent importance of solar radiation as a source of heat for free-living animals, there exists no substantial body of empirical data describing physiological responses to solar radiation under the range of convective conditions likely to occur in nature. We therefore quantified effects of simulated solar radiation and wind on metabolic heat production in the rock squirrel, Spermophilus variegatus. This diurnal mammal inhabits the Sonoran Desert and seasonally replaces its pelage in a fashion in which it retains constant external appearance but incorporates optical and structural changes that are thought to significantly alter heat-transfer properties of the coat. At a given wind speed, the presence of 950 W m-2 of simulated solar radiation reduces metabolic heat production by 15% (at a wind speed of 4 m s-1) to 37% (at a wind speed of 0.25 m s-1). Independent of effects of irradiance, metabolic heat production significantly increases with wind speed such that as wind speed is increased from 0.25 m s-1 to 4.0 m s-1, metabolic heat production is elevated by 66% (sunlight absent) or 88% (sunlight present). Previous analyses demonstrated that when exposed to identical radiative and convective environments rock squirrels with summer pelages accrue solar heat loads 33%-71% lower than those experienced by animals with winter coats. This reduction of solar heat gain during the extremely hot Sonoran Desert summer apparently constitutes a previously unappreciated mode of thermal adaptation by seasonal adjustment of radiative heat gain without changes in the animal's appearance. PMID:9231387

  10. Cermet-fueled reactors for advanced space applications

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    Cermet-fueled nuclear reactors are attractive candidates for high-performance advanced space power systems. The cermet consists of a hexagonal matrix of a refractory metal and a ceramic fuel, with multiple tubular flow channels. The high performance characteristics of the fuel matrix come from its high strength at elevated temperatures and its high thermal conductivity. The cermet fuel concept evolved in the 1960s with the objective of developing a reactor design that could be used for a wide range of mobile power generating sytems, including both Brayton and Rankine power conversion cycles. High temperature thermal cycling tests for the cermet fuel were carried out by General Electric as part of the 710 Project (General Electric 1966), and by Argonne National Laboratory in the Direct Nuclear Rocket Program (1965). Development programs for cermet fuel are currently under way at Argonne National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest Laboratory. The high temperature qualification tests from the 1960s have provided a base for the incorporation of cermet fuel in advanced space applications. The status of the cermet fuel development activities and descriptions of the key features of the cermet-fueled reactor design are summarized in this paper

  11. Some physics aspects of cermet and ceramic fast systems

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    The characteristics of a system using an iron-based oxide cermet as fuel material are discussed. A transport theory investigation to develop methods of predicting the effect of core heterogeneity on reactivity and flux distribution is described. Some preliminary calculations are also given of resonance self-shielding and Doppler temperature effects in a cermet system. (author)

  12. Enhancing charge transfer kinetics by nanoscale catalytic cermet interlayer.

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    An, Jihwan; Kim, Young-Beom; Gür, Turgut M; Prinz, Fritz B

    2012-12-01

    Enhancing the density of catalytic sites is crucial for improving the performance of energy conversion devices. This work demonstrates the kinetic role of 2 nm thin YSZ/Pt cermet layers on enhancing the oxygen reduction kinetics for low temperature solid oxide fuel cells. Cermet layers were deposited between the porous Pt cathode and the dense YSZ electrolyte wafer using atomic layer deposition (ALD). Not only the catalytic role of the cermet layer itself but the mixing effect in the cermet was explored. For cells with unmixed and fully mixed cermet interlayers, the maximum power density was enhanced by a factor of 1.5 and 1.8 at 400 °C, and by 2.3 and 2.7 at 450 °C, respectively, when compared to control cells with no cermet interlayer. The observed enhancement in cell performance is believed to be due to the increased triple phase boundary (TPB) density in the cermet interlayer. We also believe that the sustained kinetics for the fully mixed cermet layer sample stems from better thermal stability of Pt islands separated by the ALD YSZ matrix, which helped to maintain the high-density TPBs even at elevated temperature. PMID:23151148

  13. The influence of process parameters and coating properties of double glazing coated with transparent conducting oxides on the efficiency of solar-thermal flat-plate collectors

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    In order to increase the performance of a solar-thermal flat-plate collector, we insert a double glazing with low-emitting (low-e) coating on the inner glass pane. The low-e coating system is based on sputter deposited aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) and additional antireflective (AR) coatings. In this paper, we analyze the optical and electronic AZO film properties in dependence of the process parameters such as substrate temperature, argon pressure, direct current (DC) power, and target doping concentration. Emphasis is placed on the influence of these coating properties and the application of AR coatings on the efficiency of the double-glazed collector. Simulations of the collector efficiency with our collector model are presented. - Highlights: ► We apply a ZnO:Al coating to a double-glazed solar-thermal flat-plate collector. ► We analyze the influence of the deposition parameters on the collector efficiency. ► The influence of the substrate temperature, argon pressure, and DC power is low. ► The doping concentration and antireflective coatings have a strong influence. ► The collector efficiency is up to 45% higher compared to a single-glazed collector

  14. The anomalous behaviour of Ag-Al2O3 Cermet electroformed devices

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    Cermet coating consisting of silver particles in an aluminium oxide matrix were prepared on glass substrates by vacuum deposition. Variation of the circulating current with potential difference was obtained in evaporated Al/Ag-Al2O3/Cu sandwich structures, 100 to 200 nm thick containing 10 wt % Ag. It was observed that the investigated sandwich structures exhibit anomalous behaviour such as electroforming with Voltage-Controlled-Negative Resistance (VCNR) in vacuo of ∼ 4 x 10-6 torr. The formed characteristics were explained on the basis of filamentary model. (author)

  15. The anomalous behaviour of Ag-Al sub 2 O sub 3 Cermet electroformed devices

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    Khan, M S R

    2003-01-01

    Cermet coating consisting of silver particles in an aluminium oxide matrix were prepared on glass substrates by vacuum deposition. Variation of the circulating current with potential difference was obtained in evaporated Al/Ag-Al sub 2 O sub 3 /Cu sandwich structures, 100 to 200 nm thick containing 10 wt % Ag. It was observed that the investigated sandwich structures exhibit anomalous behaviour such as electroforming with Voltage-Controlled-Negative Resistance (VCNR) in vacuo of approx 4 x 10 sup - sup 6 torr. The formed characteristics were explained on the basis of filamentary model.

  16. Interfacial engineering of solution-processed Ni nanochain-SiOx (x solar selective absorbers

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    Yu, Xiaobai; Wang, Xiaoxin; Zhang, Qinglin; Liu, Jifeng

    2016-04-01

    Cermet solar thermal selective absorber coatings are an important component of high-efficiency concentrated solar power (CSP) receivers. The oxidation of the metal nanoparticles in cermet solar absorbers is a great challenge for vacuum-free operation. Recently, we have demonstrated that oxidation is kinetically retarded in solution processed, high-optical-performance Ni nanochain-SiOx cermet system compared to conventional Ni-Al2O3 system when annealed in air at 450-600 °C for several hours. However, for long-term, high-temperature applications in CSP systems, thermodynamically stable antioxidation behavior is highly desirable, which requires new mechanisms beyond kinetically reducing the oxidation rate. Towards this goal, in this paper, we demonstrate that pre-operation annealing of Ni nanochain-SiOx cermets at 900 °C in N2 forms the thermodynamically stable orthorhombic phase of NiSi at the Ni/SiOx interfaces, leading to self-terminated oxidation at 550 °C in air due to this interfacial engineering. In contrast, pre-operation annealing at a lower temperature of 750 °C in N2 (as conducted in our previous work) cannot achieve interfacial NiSi formation directly, and further annealing in air at 450-600 °C for >4 h only leads to the formation of the less stable (metastable) hexagonal phase of NiSi. Therefore, the high-temperature pre-operation annealing is critical to form the desirable orthorhombic phase of NiSi at Ni/SiOx interfaces towards thermodynamically stable antioxidation behavior. Remarkably, with this improved interfacial engineering, the oxidation of 80-nm-diameter Ni nanochain-SiOx saturates after annealing at 550 °C in air for 12 h. Additional annealing at 550 °C in air for as long as 20 h (i.e., 32 h air annealing at >550 °C in total) has almost no further impact on the structural or optical properties of the coatings, the latter being very sensitive to any interfacial changes due to the localized surface plasmon resonances of the metal

  17. Design of coated standing nanowire array solar cell performing beyond the planar efficiency limits

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    Zeng, Yang; Ye, Qinghao; Shen, Wenzhong

    2016-05-01

    The single standing nanowire (SNW) solar cells have been proven to perform beyond the planar efficiency limits in both open-circuit voltage and internal quantum efficiency due to the built-in concentration and the shifting of the absorption front. However, the expandability of these nano-scale units to a macro-scale photovoltaic device remains unsolved. The main difficulty lies in the simultaneous preservation of an effective built-in concentration in each unit cell and a broadband high absorption capability of their array. Here, we have provided a detailed theoretical guideline for realizing a macro-scale solar cell that performs furthest beyond the planar limits. The key lies in a complementary design between the light-trapping of the single SNWs and that of the photonic crystal slab formed by the array. By tuning the hybrid HE modes of the SNWs through the thickness of a coaxial dielectric coating, the optimized coated SNW array can sustain an absorption rate over 97.5% for a period as large as 425 nm, which, together with the inherited carrier extraction advantage, leads to a cell efficiency increment of 30% over the planar limit. This work has demonstrated the viability of a large-size solar cell that performs beyond the planar limits.

  18. Coatings.

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    Anderson, Dennis G.

    1989-01-01

    This review covers analytical techniques applicable to the examination of coatings, raw materials, and substrates upon which coatings are placed. Techniques include chemical and electrochemical methods, chromatography, spectroscopy, thermal analysis, microscopy, and miscellaneous techniques. (MVL)

  19. Enhancement of polymer solar cell performance using spin-coated reflector structure

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    We have prepared polymer solar cells with improved performance by inserting a simple reflector layer prepared by spin-coating. The reflector consists of TiOx and SiOx layers inserted between glass substrate and indium tin oxide electrode. All the processing is performed at temperatures not exceeding 150 °C. The transmittance of the structure can be adjusted by changing the spinning speed and the number of layers used. The use of a reflector structure results in a significant increase in the short circuit current density, on average from 7.6 mA cm−2 to 8.9 mA cm−2. -- Highlights: ► Aperiodic reflector structures were prepared by spin-coating. ► Processing temperature does not exceed 150 °C. ► Optical properties can be tuned by spinning speed and the number of layers. ► Efficiency enhancement by 24% can be achieved.

  20. Fabrication of carbon-coated silicon nanowires and their application in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Kim, Junhee; Lim, Jeongmin; Kim, Minsoo; Lee, Hae-Seok; Jun, Yongseok; Kim, Donghwan

    2014-11-12

    We report the fabrication of silicon/carbon core/shell nanowire arrays using a two-step process, involving electroless metal deposition and chemical vapor deposition. In general, foreign shell materials that sheath core materials change the inherent characteristics of the core materials. The carbon coating functionalized the silicon nanowire arrays, which subsequently showed electrocatalytic activities for the reduction of iodide/triiodide. This was verified by cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. We employed the carbon-coated silicon nanowire arrays in dye-sensitized solar cells as counter electrodes. We optimized the carbon shells to maximize the photovoltaic performance of the resulting devices, and subsequently, a peak power conversion efficiency of 9.22% was achieved. PMID:25319204

  1. A flexible polypyrrole-coated fabric counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Xu, Jie; Li, Meixia; Wu, Lei; Sun, Yongyuan; Zhu, Ligen; Gu, Shaojin; Liu, Li; Bai, Zikui; Fang, Dong; Xu, Weilin

    2014-07-01

    The current dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) technology is mostly based on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) coated glass substrate. The main problem with the FTO glass substrate is its rigidity, heavyweight and high cost. DSSCs with a fabric as substrate not only offer the advantages of flexibility, stretchability and light mass, but also provide the opportunities for easy implantation to wearable electronics. Herein, a novel fabric counter electrode (CE) for DSSCs has been reported employing a daily-used cotton fabric as substrate and polypyrrole (PPy) as catalytic material. Nickel (Ni) is deposited on the cotton fabric as metal contact by a simple electroless plating method to replace the expensive FTO. PPy is synthesized by in situ polymerization of pyrrole monomer on the Ni-coated fabric. The fabric CE shows sufficient catalytic activity towards the reduction of I3-. The DSSC fabricated using the fabric CE exhibits power conversion efficiency of ∼3.30% under AM 1.5.

  2. Influence of window layer thickness on double layer antirefiection coating for triple junction solar cells*

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    Wang Lijuan; Zhan Feng; Yu Ying; Zhu Yan; Liu Shaoqing; Huang Shesong; Ni Haiqiao; Niu Zhichuan

    2011-01-01

    The optimization of a SiO2/TiO2, SiO2/ZnS double layer antireflection coating (ARC) on Ga0.5ln0.5P/ln0.02Ga0.98As/Ge solar cells for terrestrial application is discussed. The Al0.5In0.5P window layer thickness is also taken into consideration. It is shown that the optimal parameters of double layer ARC vary with the thickness of the window layer.

  3. Influence of window layer thickness on double layer antireflection coating for triple junction solar cells

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    The optimization of a SiO2/TiO2, SiO2/ZnS double layer antireflection coating (ARC) on Ga0.5In0.5P/In0.02Ga0.98As/Ge solar cells for terrestrial application is discussed. The Al0.5In0.5P window layer thickness is also taken into consideration. It is shown that the optimal parameters of double layer ARC vary with the thickness of the window layer. (semiconductor technology)

  4. Relationship between Magnetic and Mechanical Properties of Cermet Tools

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    The commercial cermet cutting tools consist of multi-carbide and a binder metal of iron group, such as cobalt and nickel which are ferromagnetic. In this paper, a new approach to evaluate the mechanical properties of TiCN based cermet by magnetic properties were studied in relation to binder content and sintering conditions. The experimental cermet was prepared using commercial composition with the other binder contents by PM process. It was found that the magnetic properties of the sintered cermets remarkably depended on the microstructure and the total carbon content. The magnetic saturation was proportional to increment of coercive force. At high carbon content in sintered cermet, the magnetic saturation was increased by decreasing the concentration of solutes such as W, Mo, Ti in Co-Ni binder. As the coercive force increases, the hardness usually increases. The strength and toughness of the cermet also increased with increasing the magnetic saturation. The measurement of magnetic properties made it possible to evaluate the mechanical properties in the cermet cutting tools

  5. Cermet Spent Nuclear Fuel Casks and Waste Packages

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    Multipurpose transport, aging, and disposal casks are needed for the management of spent nuclear fuel (SNF). Self-shielded cermet casks can out-perform current SNF casks because of the superior properties of cermets, which consist of encapsulated hard ceramic particulates dispersed in a continuous ductile metal matrix to produce a strong high-integrity, high-thermal conductivity cask. A multi-year, multinational development and testing program has been developing cermet SNF casks made of steel, depleted uranium dioxide, and other materials. Because cermets are the traditional material of construction for armor, cermet casks can provide superior protection against assault. For disposal, cermet waste packages (WPs) with appropriate metals and ceramics can buffer the local geochemical environment to (1) slow degradation of SNF, (2) reduce water flow though the degraded WP, (3) sorb neptunium and other radionuclides that determine the ultimate radiation dose to the public from the repository, and (4) contribute to long-term nuclear criticality control. Finally, new cermet cask fabrication methods have been partly developed to manufacture the casks with the appropriate properties. The results of this work are summarized with references to the detailed reports. (authors)

  6. Improved performance of silicon-nanoparticle film-coated dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Gupta, Ravindra Kumar; Bedja, Idriss M. [CRC, Department of Optometry, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University, P.O. Box 10219, Riyadh 11433 (Saudi Arabia); Aldwayyan, Abdullah Saleh [Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Science, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2455, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia)

    2012-11-15

    Silicon (Si) nanoparticles with average size of 13 nm and orange-red luminescence under UV absorption were synthesized using electrochemical etching of silicon wafers. A film of Si nanoparticles with thickness of 0.75 {mu}m to 2.6 {mu}m was coated on the glass (TiO{sub 2} side) of a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). The cell exhibited nearly 9% enhancement in power conversion efficiency ({eta}) at film thickness of {proportional_to}2.4 {mu}m under solar irradiation of 100 mW/cm{sup 2} (AM 1.5) with improved fill factor and short-circuit current density. This study revealed for the first time that the Si-nanoparticle film converting UV into visible light and helping in homogeneous irradiation, can be utilized for improving the efficiency of the DSSCs. (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  7. Dip-coating of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) anodes for efficient polymer solar cells

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    The fabrication of anodes and active layers by dip-coating in indium tin oxide (ITO)-free polymer solar cells (PSCs) is investigated. A highly conductive poly(3, 4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate)(PEDOT:PSS) layer was used as an anode while a blend film of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and [6,6]-phenyl-C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) was employed as an active layer. The transmittance and sheet resistance of dip-coated PEDOT:PSS layers prepared with different thickness were studied. These layers were integrated into PSCs. The PSCs with the dip-coated PEDOT:PSS and P3HT:PCBM films exhibited power conversion efficiencies of 3.21% and 3.03% on glass and polyethylene terephthalate substrates, respectively, comparable to those of conventional ITO-based cells. Our research results suggest the feasibility of fabricating PSCs without a traditional spin-coating process and the possibility to substitute the ITO electrodes for conducting polymer films using the facile dip-coating method. - Highlights: • ITO-free polymer solar cells (PSCs) were fabricated by dip coating method. • Highly conductive PEDOT:PSS films used as anode were prepared. • The ITO-free PSCs performance was comparable with that of the spin coated devices. • Our results suggest the possibility of replacing ITO with dip coated PEDOT:PSS

  8. Dip-coating of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) anodes for efficient polymer solar cells

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    Huang, Like; Hu, Ziyang, E-mail: huziyang@nbu.edu.cn; Zhang, Ke; Chen, Peipei; Zhu, Yuejin, E-mail: zhuyuejin@nbu.edu.cn

    2015-03-02

    The fabrication of anodes and active layers by dip-coating in indium tin oxide (ITO)-free polymer solar cells (PSCs) is investigated. A highly conductive poly(3, 4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate)(PEDOT:PSS) layer was used as an anode while a blend film of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and [6,6]-phenyl-C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) was employed as an active layer. The transmittance and sheet resistance of dip-coated PEDOT:PSS layers prepared with different thickness were studied. These layers were integrated into PSCs. The PSCs with the dip-coated PEDOT:PSS and P3HT:PCBM films exhibited power conversion efficiencies of 3.21% and 3.03% on glass and polyethylene terephthalate substrates, respectively, comparable to those of conventional ITO-based cells. Our research results suggest the feasibility of fabricating PSCs without a traditional spin-coating process and the possibility to substitute the ITO electrodes for conducting polymer films using the facile dip-coating method. - Highlights: • ITO-free polymer solar cells (PSCs) were fabricated by dip coating method. • Highly conductive PEDOT:PSS films used as anode were prepared. • The ITO-free PSCs performance was comparable with that of the spin coated devices. • Our results suggest the possibility of replacing ITO with dip coated PEDOT:PSS.

  9. Solar-reflective coating as a cooling overlay for asphalt pavement

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    Wang, He; Xu, Geng; Feng, Decheng; Zhong, Jing; Xie, Ning

    2012-04-01

    Rutting is one of the most serious problems on asphalt pavements. Decrease the surface temperature of the asphalt pavement is an effective method to solve the rutting problem on asphalt pavements. In this study, nano sized particles filled polymer composite was developed as an overlay to reflect the solar energy and decrease the surface temperature of asphalt pavements. The overlay was composed of acrylic or epoxy resin filled with nano TiO2 or nano TiNO2. The solar reflection of the nano particle filled polymers was tested and the results showed that solar reflection effectiveness of the epoxy/TiO2 composite reached the highest value. The results of outdoor temperature test indicate that the solar-reflective overlay could decrease the surface temperature of asphalt pavements about 10 °C when the pavement temperature is about 60 °C. Pavement skid resistance was also tested, which expressed by micro/macrotexture depth and the results of which showed that both matrix was qualified after coated with aggregates on the surface.

  10. Final report on cermet high-level waste forms

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    Cermets are being developed as an alternate method for the fixation of defense and commercial high level radioactive waste in a terminal disposal form. Following initial feasibility assessments of this waste form, consisting of ceramic particles dispersed in an iron-nickel base alloy, significantly improved processing methods were developed. The characterization of cermets has continued through property determinations on samples prepared by various methods from a variety of simulated and actual high-level wastes. This report describes the status of development of the cermet waste form as it has evolved since 1977. 6 tables, 18 figures

  11. Investigation of Impact Resistance of Protective Barriers Made from Cermets

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    Ischenko, A. N.; Tabachenko, A. N.; Afanasieva, S. A.; Belov, N. N.; Burkin, V. V.; Martsunova, L. S.; Rogaev, K. S.; Yugov, N. T.

    2016-01-01

    Ceramic-metal materials (cermets) based on titanium diboride and boron carbide are designed and produced by the method of self-propagating high-temperature synthesis, with the pressure applied to the combustion products. The data, obtained by an experimental-theoretical investigation of impact resistance of protective barriers containing the above-mentioned materials in collisions with a spherical steel projectile, are presented. A better impact resistance of TiB2 + B4C cermets compared to that of Al2O3- ceramics is demonstrated. A possibility of prediction calculations of impact resistance of the specimens containing cermets in the range of collision rates under study is shown.

  12. Fabrication of cermet fuel for fast reactor

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    Mixed oxide (MOX) (U,Pu)O2, and metallic (U,Pu ,Zr) fuels are considered promising fuels for the fast reactor. The fuel cycle of MOX is well established. The advantages of the oxide fuel are its easy fabricability, good performance in the reactor and a well established reprocessing technology. However the problems lie in low thermal conductivity , low density of the fuel leading to low breeding ratio and consequently longer doubling time. The metallic fuel has the advantages of high thermal conductivity, higher metal density and higher coefficient of linear expansion. The higher coefficient of linear expansion is good from the safety consideration (negative reactivity factor). Because of higher metal density it offers highest breeding ratio and shortest doubling time. Metallic fuel disadvantages comprise large swelling at high burnup, fuel cladding interaction and lower margin between operating and melting temperature. The optimal solution may lie in cermet fuel (U, PuO2), where PuO2 is dispersed in U metal matrix and combines the favorable features of both the fuel types. The advantages of this fuel include high thermal conductivity, larger margin between melting and operating temperature, ability to retain fission product etc. The matrix being of high density metal the advantage of high breeding ratio is also maintained. In this report some results of fabrication of cermet pellet comprising of UO2/PuO2 dispersed in U metal powder through classical powder metallurgy route and characterization are presented. (author)

  13. Structure and stresses in high dimension brazed joints of cermets and steel

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    J. Nowacki

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: of this paper is description of stresses in brazing joints of different physical and mechanical properties and evaluation of microstructure and mechanical properties of large dimensional vacuum brazed joints of WC–Co (ISO K05, Fe-TiC sinter plates (Ferro–Titanit Nicro 128 and precipitation hardened stainless steel of 14-5 PH (X5CrNiMoCuNb14-5 using copper as the brazing filler metal.Design/methodology/approach: Microscopic examinations with the use of scanning electron microscope were performed to establish microstructure of the joint. Shear strength Rt and tensile strength Rm of the joints have been defined.Findings: It have been state, that the basic factors decreasing strength of the joint, which can occur during vacuum brazing of the WC-Co, Fe-TiC sinters - Cu brazing filler metal - 14-5 PH steel joints are diffusive processes leading to exchange of the cermets and brazing filler metal elements. They can have an unfavourable influence on ductility and quality of the joint..Research limitations/implications: Results of numerical calculations of three-dimensional models of cermets and steel brazed joints stresses are presented. Particular attention was paid to stresses occurring in joints of large brazing surfaces. It was shown that joints microstructure and mechanical properties depend on chemical composition filler and parent materials, diffusion process during brazing, leading of the cermets and filler metal components replacement as well as joint gap thickness. The thickness of the joints and parent materials have an essential influence on the value of the local stress.Practical implications: As a result of conducted experiments criteria for generating high dimension coatings of cermets plates brazed to steel. The PM Fe-TiC and PM WC - Co composite plates vacuum-brazed to steel as cutting coatings have been worked out and applied in industry.Originality/value: An original value of the paper is to prove the tendency of

  14. Study of durability of (molybdenum-copper)-black coatings in relation to their use as solar selective absorbers

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    Yousif, K.M.; Smith, B.E. (Brunel Univ., Uxbridge (United Kingdom)); Jeynes, C. (Surrey Univ., Guildford (United Kingdom). Dept. of Electronic and Electrical Engineering)

    1994-08-01

    In this work (Mo-Cu)-black coatings on Ni-plated Cu substrates have been prepared by electrodeposition. Their stability and durability has been investigated. The durability tests were carried out in two forms; accelerated ageing, and weathering. Reflectance measurements were used to evaluate both solar absorptance ([alpha]) and thermal emittance ([epsilon]) of the coatings. The coatings have been characterised before and after durability testing, using spectrophotometry together with other techniques, such as electron microscopy, X-rays, and ion beam. The main degradation modes of these coatings are loss of water, diffusion of metal atoms, and oxidation. (Mo-Cu)-black coatings undergo some changes in [alpha] and [epsilon] outdoor ageing. (Author)

  15. Mechanical behaviour of U3O8-Al cermets

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    Homogeneous, high density U3O8-Al cermets, containing between 5 W% and 55 Wt% of U3ω8 were fabricated using hot swaging and powder metallurgy technics. Tensile tests were performed at room temperature on specimens obtained from the cermets fabricated. The results show that the ultimate tensile strength (UTS) and elongation to fracture decrease with increasing U3O8 in the cermet. The UTS is shown to be proportional to the minimum matrix load bearing cross-sectional area. The main influence of an increase in the content of U3O8 in the cermet appears to be the decrease in the minimum matrix, load bearing cross-section. (Author)

  16. A cermet fuel reactor for nuclear thermal propulsion

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    Work on the cermet fuel reactor done in the 1960's by General Electric (GE) and the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) that had as its goal the development of systems that could be used for nuclear rocket propulsion as well as closed cycle propulsion system designs for ship propulsion, space nuclear propulsion, and other propulsion systems is reviewed. It is concluded that we can have excellent thermal and mechanical performance with cermet fuel. Thousands of hours of testing were performed on the cermet fuel at both GE and AGL, including very rapid transients and some radiation performance history. We conclude that there are no feasibility issues with cermet fuel. What is needed is reactivation of existing technology and qualification testing of a specific fuel form. We believe this can be done with a minimum development risk

  17. Cermet anode compositions with high content alloy phase

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    Marschman, Steven C.; Davis, Norman C.

    1989-01-01

    Cermet electrode compositions comprising NiO-NiFe.sub.2 O.sub.4 -Cu-Ni, and methods for making, are disclosed. Addition of nickel metal prior to formation and densification of a base mixture into the cermet allows for an increase in the total amount of copper and nickel that can be contained in the NiO-NiFe.sub.2 O.sub.4 oxide system. Nickel is present in a base mixture weight concentration of from 0.1% to 10%. Copper is present in the alloy phase in a weight concentration of from 10% to 30% of the densified composition. Such cermet electrodes can be formed to have electrical conductivities well in excess of 100 ohm.sup.-1 cm.sup.-1. Other alloy and oxide system cermets having high content metal phases are also expected to be manufacturable in accordance with the invention.

  18. Cermet-fueled space reactor for multimegawatt power

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    A bimodal, cermet-fueled, nuclear space power system which provides 10 MWe of power for long-term, continuous operation and 500 MWe of power for burst operation is described. The cermet fuel for the nuclear system consists of a tungsten-urania, hexagonal matrix which is characterized by high strength at elevated temperatures and a high thermal conductivity. High-temperature qualification tests for the cermet fuel were carried out in the 1960s. The results of this program are utilized as a starting point for the conceptual design of a bimodal configuration with coolant exit temperatures exceeding 2400 K and a power density greater than 2400 W/cu cm. It is concluded that with an aggressive development program the cermet-fueled nuclear power system can be utilized to meet the multimegawatt requirements for high temperatures, high power densities, and long lifetimes

  19. Cermet-fueled reactors for multimegawatt space power applications

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    The cermet-fueled reactor has evolved as a potential power source for a broad range of multimegawatt space applications. In particular, the fast spectrum reactor concept can be used to deliver 10s of megawatts of electric power for continuous, long term, unattended operation, and 100s of megawatts of electric power for times exceeding several hundred seconds. The system can also be utilized with either a gas coolant in a Brayton power conversion cycle, or a liquid metal coolant in a Rankine power conversion cycle. Extensive testing of the cermet fuel element has demonstrated that the fuel is capable of operating at very high temperatures under repeated thermal cycling conditions, including transient conditions which approach the multimegawatt burst power requirements. The cermet fuel test performance is reviewed and an advanced cermet-fueled multimegawatt nuclear reactor is described in this paper

  20. A cermet fuel reactor for nuclear thermal propulsion

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    Kruger, Gordon

    1991-01-01

    Work on the cermet fuel reactor done in the 1960's by General Electric (GE) and the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) that had as its goal the development of systems that could be used for nuclear rocket propulsion as well as closed cycle propulsion system designs for ship propulsion, space nuclear propulsion, and other propulsion systems is reviewed. It is concluded that the work done in the 1960's has demonstrated that we can have excellent thermal and mechanical performance with cermet fuel. Thousands of hours of testing were performed on the cermet fuel at both GE and AGL, including very rapid transients and some radiation performance history. We conclude that there are no feasibility issues with cermet fuel. What is needed is reactivation of existing technology and qualification testing of a specific fuel form. We believe this can be done with a minimum development risk.

  1. Sintering, Microstructure, and Electrical Conductivity of Zirconia-Molybdenum Cermet

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    Guo, Yanling; Tang, Lei; Zhang, Jieyu

    2015-08-01

    Monolithic zirconia-molybdenum ( m-ZrO2/Mo) cermets of different compositions (5-40 vol.% Mo) and different initial Mo particles sizes (0.08-13 μm) were prepared by traditional powder metallurgy process. The influences of metal content and initial particle sizes on the densification behavior, microstructure, and electrical conductivity of the cermets were studied. A percolation threshold value was obtained about 17.1 vol.% molybdenum fraction, above which a sharp increase in the electrical conductivity was observed. The temperature dependence of the electrical conductivity of cermets was studied. The cermet containing 5 vol.% Mo showed the ionic nature of the conductivity, while the metallic nature was observed in the samples of Mo fraction up to 16 vol.%. The activation of conductivity for ionic type of conductivity and the temperature coefficient of resistivity as well as the effect of porosity on electronic type conductivity are discussed.

  2. Thoria-based cermet nuclear fuel : cermet fabrication and behavior estimates

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    Cermet nuclear fuels have been demonstrated to have significant potential to enhance fuel performance because of low internal fuel temperatures and low stored energy. The combination of these benefits with the inherent proliferation resistance, high burnup capability, and favorable neutronic properties of the thorium fuel cycle produces intriguing options for advanced nuclear fuel cycles. This paper describes aspects of a Nuclear Energy Research Initiative (NERI) project with two primary goals: (1) evaluate the feasibility of implementing the thorium fuel cycle in existing or advanced reactors using a zirconium-matrix cermet fuel, and (2) develop enabling technologies required for the economic application of this new fuel form. Critical elements in the demonstration of this new fuel form include developing low-cost fabrication methods and characterizing the cermet properties and important performance parameters. A powder-in-tube drawing and heat treatment process is being evaluated as an alternative to hot extrusion. In this method, zirconium metal and ceramic microspheres are mixed, poured into a Zircaloy shell, and compacted into simulated fuel pins. Important processing variables being evaluated include the amount of compaction required to achieve a desired matrix density and the inter-drawing thermal treatment temperature required to achieve adequate matrix fusion and grain growth

  3. Cold spray deposition of a WC-25Co cermet onto Al7075-T6 and carbon steel substrates

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    This work focussed on the deposition of wear-resistant and corrosion-resistant WC-25Co cermet powders on carbon steel and aluminium (Al7075-T6) substrates by cold gas spraying (CGS). The unique combination of mechanical, physical and chemical properties of WC-Co cermets has led to their widespread use for the manufacture of wear-resistant parts. X-ray diffraction tests were run on the powder and coatings to determine possible phase changes during the spraying process. The bonding strength of the coatings was measured by adhesion tests (ASTM C633-08). The sliding (ASTM G99-04) and abrasive (ASTM G65-00) wear resistance of the coatings were also studied. Corrosion resistance was determined by electrochemical measurements and salt fog spray tests (ASTM B117-03). CGS achieved thick, dense and hard WC-25Co coatings on both aluminium alloy Al7075-T6 and carbon steel substrates, with excellent tribological and electrochemical properties. We thus conclude that this method is very competitive compared with conventional thermal spraying techniques, giving thick, dense and hard coatings on both aluminium alloy Al7075-T6 and carbon steel substrates, with excellent tribological and electrochemical properties.

  4. Neutron sources of palladium-252Cf oxide cermet wire

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    Palladium-252Cf oxide cermet has been developed as a versatile, safe source form for 252Cf with low contamination potential. Developmental wire containing 1.85 mg of 252Cf has been sold in three orders to U. S. commercial encapsulators. Bare palladium-252Cf oxide cermet wire containing 252Cf concentrations of 5, 50, or 500 μg/in. is expected to be offered for general sale in the near future. (U.S.)

  5. Thermal stability of nitride solar selective absorbing coatings used in high temperature parabolic trough current

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    2010-01-01

    This paper reports a new efficient solar selective surface in high temperature application.The influence of the monolayer’s microstructure and deposition rate was firstly discussed.Then the nitride nano-multilayer on the polished stainless steel (herein after referred as "SS") substrate was prepared with Ti and Al metal targets by DC.and R.F.magnetron co-sputtering.The samples were annealed in air at different temperatures ranging from 350 to 800°C for 2 h to evaluate their thermal stability.The samples’ surface and cross-section morphology,crystal structure,phase composition,optical properties were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy,X-ray diffraction,UV-VIS-NIR spectrophotometer and infrared emissivity tester.The results show that the coatings exhibit high solar selectivity (α/ε) of 0.943/0.08 even after heat-treatment up to 400°C for 2 h in air.After heat-treatment at 600°C in air,the solar selectivity decreases to 0.92/0.16.

  6. Development and application of high strength ternary boride base cermets

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    Reaction boronizing sintering is a novel strategy to form a ternary boride coexisting with a metal matrix in a cermet during liquid phase sintering. This new sintering technique has successfully developed world first ternary boride base cermets with excellent mechanical properties such as Mo2FeB2, Mo2NiB2 and WCoB base ones. In these cermets Mo2FeB2 and Mo2NiB2 base ones consist of a tetragonal M 3B2 (M: metal)-type complex boride as a hard phase and a transition metal base matrix. The cermets have already been applied to wear resistant applications such as injection molding machine parts, can making tools, and hot copper extruding dies, etc. This paper focuses on the characteristics, effects of the additional elements on the mechanical properties and structure, and practical applications of the ternary boride base cermets. - Graphical abstract: TRS and hardness of Ni-5B-51Mo-17.5Cr and Ni-5B-51Mo-12.5Cr-5V-xMn mass% cermets as functions of Mn content (Fig. 17)

  7. Wear Micro-Mechanisms of Composite WC-Co/Cr - NiCrFeBSiC Coatings. Part I: Dry Sliding

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The influence of the cermet fraction in cermet/ metal composite coatings developed by High-Velocity Oxyfuel Flame (HVOF spraying on their tribological behaviour was studied. Five series of coatings, each one containing different proportion of cermet-metal components, prepared by premixing commercially available feedstocks of NiCrFeBSiC metallic and WC-Co/Cr cermet powders were deposited on AISI 304 stainless steel substrate. The microstructure of as-sprayed coatings was characterized by partial decomposition of the WC particles, lamellar morphology and micro-porosity among the solidified splats. Tribological behavior was studied under sliding friction conditions using a Si3N4 ball as counterbody and the friction coefficient and volume loss were determined as a function of the cermet fraction. Microscopic examinations of the wear tracks and relevant cross sections identified the wear mechanisms involved. Coatings containing only the metallic phase were worn out through a combination of ploughing, micro-cracking and splat exfoliation, whilst those containing only the cermet phase primarily by micro-cracking at the individual splat scale. The wear mechanisms of the composite coatings were strongly affected by their randomly stratified structure. In-depth cracks almost perpendicular to the coating/ substrate interface occurring at the wear track boundaries resulted in cermet trans-splat fracture.

  8. All polymer photovoltaics: From small inverted devices to large roll-to-roll coated and printed solar cells

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    Liu, Yao; Larsen-Olsen, Thue Trofod; Zhao, Xingang; Andreasen, Birgitta; Søndergaard, Roar R.; Helgesen, Martin; Norrman, Kion; Jørgensen, Mikkel; Krebs, Frederik C; Zhan, Xiaowei

    2013-01-01

    Inverted all polymer solar cells based on a blend of a perylene diimide based polymer acceptor and a dithienosilole based polymer donor were fabricated from small area devices to roll-to-roll (R2R) coated and printed large area modules. The device performance was successfully optimized by using...

  9. Effect of an Nb2O5 nanolayer coating on ZnO electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Nanostructured porous zinc oxide electrodes for use in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were coated with thin niobium oxide layers by using sol-gel transformation of niobium pentaethoxide in air. Coating solutions were prepared by mixing niobium pentaethoxide and ethanol. A dip-coating technique was adopted at a low withdrawal speed of 100 μm s-1. The coated electrodes were then heat-treated at temperatures between 400 and 600 oC. The presence of niobium in the coated electrodes was confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. As expected, the niobium oxide layers worked as an energy barrier between the ZnO electrode and electrolyte. Open-circuit voltage (VOC) of the cells using the coated electrodes was then enhanced up to 0.768 V, which was attributable to the suppression of the recombination of photogenerated electrons with oxidized species in electrolytes. An additional benefit of the coating was that grain growth of ZnO particles in the electrodes was hindered and short-circuit photocurrent density (JSC) was kept relatively high due to large amounts of adsorbed dye. An overall light-to-electricity conversion efficiency was increased to a maximum of 5.19%, indicating that the proper coating technique was the key for improving the performance of ZnO-based DSSCs.

  10. Reflectance spectrum of diamond-like carbon/porous silicon double-layer antireflection coatings designed for silicon solar cells

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    Aroutiounian, V.M.; Martirosyan, Kh.S. [Department of Physics of Semiconductors and Microelectronics, Yerevan State University, 375025 Yerevan (Armenia); Soukiassian, P.G. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Laboratoire SIMA associe a l' Universite de Paris-Sud/Orsay, DSM/DRECAM/SPCSI, Batiment 462, Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France)

    2007-07-01

    In this study, our purpose was to investigate the possibility of using a diamond-like carbon/porous silicon double-layer antireflection coating which is characterized by low reflectance, in order to enhance the performance of silicon solar cells and to protect them from various external influences. Experimental results obtained from reflectance measurements showed the possibility of achieving low reflectance value. Theoretical simulations of the reflectance spectra were carried out. The comparison of the reflectance spectrum of such diamond-like carbon/porous silicon double layer antireflection coating with spectra obtained from other types of coating layers showed a much lower reflectance within larger energy range including the UV, visible and infrared regions of the solar spectrum. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  11. Modeling the absorption behavior of solar thermal collector coatings utilizing graded alpha-C:H/TiC layers.

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    Gruber, D P; Engel, G; Sormann, H; Schüler, A; Papousek, W

    2009-03-10

    Wavelength selective coatings are of common use in order to enhance the efficiency of devices heated by radiation such as solar thermal collectors. The use of suitable materials and the optimization of coating layer thicknesses are advisable ways to maximize the absorption. Further improvement is achievable by embedding particles in certain layers in order to modify material properties. We focus on optimizing the absorption behavior of a solar collector setup using copper as substrate, a layer of amorphous hydrogenated carbon with embedded titanium carbide particles (a-C:H/TiC), and an antireflection coating of amorphous silicon dioxide (aSiO(2)). For the setup utilizing homogeneous particle distribution, a relative absorption of 90.98% was found, while inhomogeneous particle embedding yielded 98.29%. These results are particularly interesting since until now, absorption of more than 95% was found only by using embedded Cr but not by using the more biocompatible Ti. PMID:19277084

  12. Electrodeposition of CdSe coatings on ZnO nanowire arrays for extremely thin absorber solar cells

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    We report on electrodeposition of CdSe coatings onto ZnO nanowire arrays and determine the effect of processing conditions on material properties such as morphology and microstructure. CdSe-coated ZnO nanowire arrays have potential use in extremely thin absorber (ETA) solar cells, where CdSe absorbs visible light and injects photoexcited electrons into the ZnO nanowires. We show that room-temperature electrodeposition enables growth of CdSe coatings that are highly crystalline, uniform, and conformal with precise control over thickness and microstructure. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy show nanocrystalline CdSe in both hexagonal and cubic phases with grain size ∼5 nm. Coating morphology depends on electrodeposition current density. Uniform and conformal coatings were achieved using moderate current densities of ∼2 mA cm-2 for nanowires with roughness factor of ∼10, while lower current densities resulted in sparse nucleation and growth of larger, isolated islands. Electrodeposition charge density controls the thickness of the CdSe coating, which was exploited to investigate the evolution of the morphology at early stages of nucleation and growth. UV-vis transmission spectroscopy and photoelectrochemical solar cell measurements demonstrate that CdSe effectively sensitizes ZnO nanowires to visible light.

  13. Indium doped zinc oxide nanowire thin films for antireflection and solar absorber coating applications

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    Shaik, Ummar Pasha [ACRHEM, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad-500046 (India); Krishna, M. Ghanashyam, E-mail: mgksp@uohyd.ac.in [ACRHEM and School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad-500046 (India)

    2014-04-24

    Indium doped ZnO nanowire thin films were prepared by thermal oxidation of Zn-In metal bilayer films at 500°C. The ZnO:In nanowires are 20-100 nm in diameter and several tens of microns long. X-ray diffraction patterns confirm the formation of oxide and indicate that the films are polycrystalline, both in the as deposited and annealed states. The transmission which is <2% for the as deposited Zn-In films increases to >90% for the ZnO:In nanowire films. Significantly, the reflectance for the as deposited films is < 10% in the region between 200 to 1500 nm and < 2% for the nanowire films. Thus, the as deposited films can be used solar absorber coatings while the nanowire films are useful for antireflection applications. The growth of nanowires by this technique is attractive since it does not involve very high temperatures and the use of catalysts.

  14. Dip coated nanocrystalline CdZnS thin films for solar cell application

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    Dongre, J. K.; Chaturvedi, Mahim; Patil, Yuvraj; Sharma, Sandhya; Jain, U. K.

    2015-07-01

    Nanocrystalline cadmium sulfide (CdS) and zinc cadmium sulfide (ZnCdS) thin films have been grown via simple and low cost dip coating technique. The prepared films are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopic (AFM) and UV-VIS spectrophotometer techniques to reveal their structural, morphological and optical properties. XRD shows that both samples grown have zinc blende structure. The grain size is calculated as 6.2 and 8 nm using Scherrer's formula. The band gap value of CdS and CdZnS film is estimated to be 2.58 and 2.69 eV respectively by UV-vis spectroscopy. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) investigations are carried out using cell configuration as n-CdZnS/(1M NaOH + 1M Na2S + 1M S)/C. The photovoltaic output characteristic is used to calculate fill-factor (FF) and solar conversion efficiency (η).

  15. Core–shell-typed Ag-SiO2 nanoparticles as solar selective coating materials

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    Silver (Ag) nanoparticles with typical diameter of about 50 nm have been prepared via a polyol process. The as-prepared Ag nanoparticles are well crystallized and exhibit a characteristic surface plasmon resonance (SPR) band centered at ∼423 nm. The SPR band shows a strong dependence on the sizes of Ag nanoparticles and the types of the dielectric medium. Core–shell-typed Ag-SiO2 nanoparticles have also been prepared by depositing a thin layer (∼25 nm) of silica on Ag nanoparticles. The core–shell-typed Ag-SiO2 nanoparticles show similar optical behaviors (absorption, transmission, and reflection) but enhanced stability compared to those of the Ag nanoparticles, indicating that the core–shell-typed Ag-SiO2 nanoparticles may be used as solar selective coating materials for architectural window applications.

  16. Probing individal subcells of fully printed and coated polymer tandem solar cells using multichromatic opto-electronic characterization methods

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    Larsen-Olsen, Thue Trofod; Andersen, Thomas Rieks; Dam, Henrik Friis;

    2015-01-01

    In this study, a method to opto-electronically probe the individual junctions and carrier transport across interfaces in fully printed and coated tandem polymer solar cells is described, enabling the identification of efficiency limiting printing/coating defects. The methods used are light beam...... induced current (LBIC) mapping, External quantum efficiency (EQE) measurements, and monochromatic current-voltage (I-V) characterization. Using these methods, inherent limitations to the accuracy of EQE and LBIC measurements on non-ideal tandem solar cells are identified and described through the use of a...... small-signal electrical model. The model is able to predict the EQE spectrum of the non-ideal polymer tandem solar cell, using extracted values of shunt- and series resistance of the individual junction of the tandem cell. This finally enables LBIC mapping of the individual junctions of the tandem...

  17. TiO2-coated foams as a medium for solar catalysis

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    Graphical abstract: Photographs taken at the Scanning Electron Microscope of (a) a surface coating of TiO2, (b) a mesh of a foam (mesh diameter of 2 mm) and (c) a foam. Research highlights: → Assess the efficiency of the foams as a photocatalytic media. → Foam to improve the apparent quantum yield. → Foam makes good use of the UV rays to break down molecules. -- Abstract: Sunlight irradiating the surface of the Earth represents a maximum input available for a solar catalytic process of 50 WUV m-2. We propose using high-porosity, metallic, reticulated foams as the support medium for the photocatalyst in order to improve the apparent quantum yield. The layer of TiO2 was applied by dip-coating. The measurement of the degradation kinetics was carried out on a model target molecule, 2,4 dichlorophenol, at an initial concentration of 10 mg l-1. The aim was to assess the efficiency of the foams as a photocatalytic media compared to that of a suspension of catalytic powder (Degussa P25) and the flat 2D support (Ahlstrom cellulose media). The apparent quantum yield of the foam scaffold carrying the TiO2 was high, showing that, as with the powder suspension, foam makes good use of the UV rays to break down molecules. It is noteworthy that the apparent quantum yield of the foam tended towards that observed for suspensions which form the ideal support thanks to their optimal ability to harness the light.

  18. Atomic oxygen interaction with solar array blankets at protective coating defect sites

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    Atomic oxygen in the low-Earth-orbital environment oxidizes SiOx protected polyimide Kapton solar array blankets at sites which are not protected such as pin windows or scratches in the protective coatings. The magnitude and shape of the atomic oxygen undercutting which occurs at these sites is dependent upon the exposure environment details such as arrival direction and reaction probability. The geometry of atomic oxygen undercutting at defect sites exposed to atomic oxygen in plasma asher was used to develop a Monte Carlo model to simulate atomic oxygen erosion processes at defect sites in protected Kapton. Comparisons of Monte Carlo predictions and experimental results are presented for plasma asher atomic oxygen exposures for large and small defects as well as for protective coatings on one or both sides of Kapton. The model is used to predict in-space exposure results at defect sites for both directed and sweeping atomic oxygen exposure. A comparison of surface textures predicted by the Monte Carlo model and those experimentally observed from both directed space ram and laboratory plasma asher atomic oxygen exposure indicate substantial agreement

  19. Anisotropy of thermal expansion and electric resistance of cermet germanium telluride

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    Anisotropies of thermal expansion α and electric resistance ρ of cermet germanium telluride were investigated depending on pressing conditions. It is shown that anisotropy of cermet germanium telluride depends sufficiently on pressing conditions with respect to thermal expansion and electric resistance. It was established that anisotropy of the cermet germanium telluride was strongly affected by pressing force and temperature. Anisotropy of the cermet germanium telluride also depends with respect to α and ρ on the material and size of the mould

  20. Cavitation Erosion of Cermet-Coated Aluminium Bronzes

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The cavitation erosion resistance of CuAl10Ni5Fe2.5Mn1 following plasma spraying with Al2O3·30(Ni20Al powder and laser re-melting was analyzed in view of possible improvements of the lifetime of components used in hydraulic environments. The cavitation erosion resistance was substantially improved compared with the one of the base material. The thickness of the re-melted layer was in the range of several hundred micrometers, with a surface microhardness increasing from 250 to 420 HV 0.2. Compositional, structural, and microstructural explorations showed that the microstructure of the re-melted and homogenized layer, consisting of a cubic Al2O3 matrix with dispersed Ni-based solid solution is associated with the hardness increase and consequently with the improvement of the cavitation erosion resistance.

  1. The microstructure of (Nb,Ti)C-35Ni(Y2O3) cermet

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    The microstructure of (Nb,Ti)C-35Ni (Y2O3) cermet prepared via hot isostatic pressing (HIP) is observed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The mechanism of Y2O3 improving the flexural strength at high temperature of the cermet is suggested and the reasons for no surrounding structure formation in the cermet are explained

  2. Development and evaluation of directionally solidified Cermet electrodes for thermionic energy converters

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    At Eindhoven University of Technology, the high temperature materials research group HOTEMA is currently developing a new type of emitter electrode for thermionic energy converters. These Cermet electrodes consist of a refractory metal substrate coated with a directionally solidified metal-ceramic eutectic. In a joint research program, emitter materials produced in Eindhoven are evaluated by Thermo Electron in Waltham. A research diode incorporating a directionally solidified Mo-Al2O3,Cr2O3 Cermet emitter was build and tested. This converter exhibited stable performance at emitter temperatures up to 1650K. The barrier index at T /SUB E/ = 1400K was 2.04 eV. Minimum collector work function as measured by the retarding plot method was 1.53 eV. This low work function may be related to oxygen which as post operational Auger analyses showed was present at both emitter and collector. These results suggest that an emitter of this type has potential of providing significantly improved thermionic converter performance

  3. Investigation of Some Transparent Metal Oxides as Damp Heat Protective Coating for CIGS Solar Cells: Preprint

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    Pern, F. J.; Yan, F.; Zaaunbrecher, B.; To, B.; Perkins, J.; Noufi, R.

    2012-10-01

    We investigated the protective effectiveness of some transparent metal oxides (TMO) on CIGS solar cell coupons against damp heat (DH) exposure at 85oC and 85% relative humidity (RH). Sputter-deposited bilayer ZnO (BZO) with up to 0.5-um Al-doped ZnO (AZO) layer and 0.2-um bilayer InZnO were used as 'inherent' part of device structure on CdS/CIGS/Mo/SLG. Sputter-deposited 0.2-um ZnSnO and atomic layer deposited (ALD) 0.1-um Al2O3 were used as overcoat on typical BZO/CdS/CIGS/Mo/SLG solar cells. The results were all negative -- all TMO-coated CIGS cells exhibited substantial degradation in DH. Combining the optical photographs, PL and EL imaging, SEM surface micro-morphology, coupled with XRD, I-V and QE measurements, the causes of the device degradations are attributed to hydrolytic corrosion, flaking, micro-cracking, and delamination induced by the DH moisture. Mechanical stress and decrease in crystallinity (grain size effect) could be additional degrading factors for thicker AZO grown on CdS/CIGS.

  4. Diamond-Like Carbon Coatings as Encapsulants for Photovoltaic Solar Cells

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    High-quality single-layer and bilayer diamond-like carbon (DLC) thin films are fabricated by two technologies, namely, ion-assisted plasma-enhanced deposition (IAPED) and electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) deposition. Deposition on various substrates, such as sapphires and solar cells, has been performed at low substrate temperatures (50 ∼ 80 C). The two deposition technologies allow good control over the growth conditions to produce DLC films with desired optical properties, thickness, and energy bandgap. The bilayer-structured DLC can be fabricated by using IAPED for the bottom layer followed by ECR for the top layer, or just by IAPED for both layers with different compositions. The DLC films have shown good spatial uniformity, density, microhardness, and adhesion strength. They exhibit excellent stability against attack by strong acids, prolonged damp-heat exposure at 85 C and 85% relative humidity, mechanical scratch, ultrasonication, and irradiation by ultraviolet (UV), protons, and electrons. When deposited on crystalline Si and GaAs solar cells in single-layer and/or bilayer structure, the DLC films not only serve as antireflection coating and protective encapsulant, but also improve the cell efficiencies

  5. Optical materials technology for energy efficiency and solar energy conversion VIII; Proceedings of the Meeting, San Diego, CA, Aug. 10, 11, 1989

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    Granqvist, Claes G.; Lampert, Carl M.

    1989-12-01

    The preparation, properties, and applications of advanced optical materials are discussed in reviews and reports. Sections are devoted to optical switching materials, wavelength-selective surfaces, photovoltaic technology, and solar optical materials. Particular attention is given to the IR properties of electrochromic (EC) materials, the anomalous EC behavior of Ag-WO3 and Au-WO3 cermets, EC WO3 films prepared at room temperature by chemical deposition, the multilayered structure of silicon oxynitrides and oxides for radiative cooling, and light trapping in solar cells and the determination of the absorbed energy by calorimetry. Also considered are hydrogenated a-Si/Ge films prepared by reactive sputtering, electrodeposition of CdTe thin films, a PC-based test system for on-line characterization of solar cells and modules, chromatic-dispersion compensation in a Fresnel lens using a diffraction grating, stretched-membrane heliostats for solar central-receiver power plants, and angular-selective window coatings.

  6. Optical materials technology for energy efficiency and solar energy conversion VIII; Proceedings of the Meeting, San Diego, CA, Aug. 10, 11, 1989

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    Granqvist, C.G.; Lampert, C.M.

    1989-01-01

    The preparation, properties, and applications of advanced optical materials are discussed in reviews and reports. Sections are devoted to optical switching materials, wavelength-selective surfaces, photovoltaic technology, and solar optical materials. Particular attention is given to the IR properties of electrochromic (EC) materials, the anomalous EC behavior of Ag-WO3 and Au-WO3 cermets, EC WO3 films prepared at room temperature by chemical deposition, the multilayered structure of silicon oxynitrides and oxides for radiative cooling, and light trapping in solar cells and the determination of the absorbed energy by calorimetry. Also considered are hydrogenated a-Si/Ge films prepared by reactive sputtering, electrodeposition of CdTe thin films, a PC-based test system for on-line characterization of solar cells and modules, chromatic-dispersion compensation in a Fresnel lens using a diffraction grating, stretched-membrane heliostats for solar central-receiver power plants, and angular-selective window coatings.

  7. Roll-coating fabrication of flexible large area small molecule solar cells with power conversion efficiency exceeding 1%

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    Liu, Wenqing; Liu, Shiyong; Zawacka, Natalia Klaudia;

    2014-01-01

    All solution-processed flexible large area small molecule bulk heterojunction solar cells were fabricated via roll-coating technology. Our devices were produced from slot-die coating on a lab-scale mini roll-coater under ambient conditions without the use of spin-coating or vacuum evaporation...... methods. Four diketopyrrolopyrrole based small molecules (SMs 1-4) were utilized as electron donors with (6,6)phenyl- C61-butyric acid methyl ester as an acceptor and their photovoltaic performances based on roll-coated devices were investigated. The best power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 1.......01%, combined with an open circuit voltage of 0.73 V, a short-circuit current density of 3.13 mA cm (2) and a fill factor of 44% were obtained for the device with SM1, which was the first example reported for efficient roll-coating fabrication of flexible large area small molecule solar cells with PCE exceeding...

  8. Investigation of the Corrosion Behaviors of HVOF-Sprayed Carbide Cernet Coatings in Molten Al-Zn-Si Alloy Bath

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    JIANG Zhen-hua; TAN Xing-hai; ZHANG Yue-gang; SUN Jia-shu

    2004-01-01

    In continuous hot-dip galvanization process the corrosion and chemical stability of the sink roll in the galvanizing bath are important problem which effects on the quality and productivity. In order to protect the sink roll the carbide cermet and/or ceramic coatings were deposited on the surface of the sink roll. The WC-, Cr3 C2-cermet coatings were deposited by high velocity oxygen fuel (HVOF) spray, respectively. The coating samples were immersed in molten Zn-alloy containing 50 wt % aluminum at 833 K for 24 hr and 144 hr, respectively. The inter-diffusion and inter-reaction of Zn, Al and elements in coating and corrosion behaviors of these coatings were investigated by XRD, SEM and EPMA etc. The corrosion mechanisms of the carbide cermet coatings and ceramic coatings in molten High Al-Zn-alloy were approached.

  9. Conjugate turbulent heat transfer in a square cavity with a solar control coating deposited to a vertical semitransparent wall

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    Xaman, J. [Centro Nacional de Investigacion y Desarrollo Tecnologico, CENIDET-DGEST-SEP, Prol. Av. Palmira S/N. Col. Palmira, Cuernavaca, Morelos CP 62490 (Mexico)], E-mail: jxaman@cenidet.edu.mx; Alvarez, G. [Centro Nacional de Investigacion y Desarrollo Tecnologico, CENIDET-DGEST-SEP, Prol. Av. Palmira S/N. Col. Palmira, Cuernavaca, Morelos CP 62490 (Mexico)], E-mail: gaby@cenidet.edu.mx; Hinojosa, J. [Universidad de Sonora - UNISON, Blvd. Luis Encinas y Rosales, Col. Centro, Hermosillo, Sonora CP 83000 (Mexico)], E-mail: fhinojosa@iq.uson.mx; Flores, J. [Centro Nacional de Investigacion y Desarrollo Tecnologico, CENIDET-DGEST-SEP, Prol. Av. Palmira S/N. Col. Palmira, Cuernavaca, Morelos CP 62490 (Mexico)], E-mail: jasson@cenidet.edu.mx

    2009-04-15

    This paper presents a numerical study of the conjugate heat transfer (natural convection, surface thermal radiation and conduction) in a square cavity with turbulent flow. The cavity has one vertical isothermal wall, two horizontal adiabatic walls and one vertical semitransparent wall with a selective coating applied to the inner side to control the solar radiation transmission. Later on the semitransparent wall is replaced with another one without the selective coating. The mathematical model for the turbulent flow in the cavity was solved using the finite volume method. The system had the following conditions: the uniform temperature in the isothermal wall was 21 deg. C, the external ambient temperature was fixed at 35 deg. C and on the semitransparent wall the direct normal solar irradiation of 750 W/m{sup 2} was considered constant. The Rayleigh number was varied in the range of 10{sup 9} {<=} Ra {<=} 10{sup 12} by changing the lengths of the cavity from 0.70 m to 6.98 m, respectively. The results show that, even though the air temperature of the cavity with the solar control film coating semitransparent wall (case A) is higher compared with the one without solar film coating (case B), the total amount of heat going through the cavity is lower compared to the one going through the cavity without solar control film. The total amount of energy transferred to the air in cavity for the case A was 41.98% less than for the case B. A set of correlations for the Nusselt number was obtained for both cases considering the conjugate heat transfer.

  10. Polymer solar cell modules prepared using roll-to-roll methods: Knife-over-edge coating, slot-die coating and screen printing

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    Krebs, Frederik C. [Risoe National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde (Denmark)

    2009-04-15

    A complete polymer solar cell module prepared in the ambient atmosphere using all-solution processing with no vacuum steps and full roll-to-roll (R2R) processing is presented. The modules comprise five layers that were prepared on a 175-{mu}m flexible polyethyleneterephthalate (PET) substrate with an 80-nm layer of transparent conducting indium-tin oxide (ITO). The ITO layer was first patterned by screen printing an etch resist followed by etching. The second layer was applied by either knife-over-edge (KOE) coating or slot-die coating a solution of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-nps) followed by curing. The second layer comprised a mixture of the thermocleavable poly-(3-(2-methylhexan-2-yl)-oxy-carbonyldithiophene) (P3MHOCT) and ZnO-nps and was applied by a modified slot-die coating procedure, enabling slow coating speeds with low viscosity and low surface tension ink solutions. The third layer was patterned into stripes and juxtaposed with the ITO layer. The fourth layer comprised screen-printed or slot-die-coated PEDOT:PSS and the fifth and the final layer comprised a screen-printed or slot-die-coated silver electrode. The final module dimensions were 28 cm x 32 cm and presented four individual solar cell modules: a single-stripe cell, a two-stripe serially connected module, a three-stripe serially connected module and finally an eight-stripe serially connected module. The length of the individual stripes was 25 cm and the width was 0.9 cm. With overlaps of the individual layers this gave a width of the active layer of 0.6 cm and an active area for each stripe of 15 cm{sup 2}. The performance was increased ten fold compared to mass-produced modules employing screen printing for all five layers of the device. The processing speeds employed for the R2R processed layers were in the range of 40-50 m h{sup -1}. Finally a comparison is made with the state of the art represented by P3HT-PCBM as the active layer and full R2R solution processing using slot-die coating

  11. Cermet sintering on the oase of molybdenum, nickel, aluminium oxide in dry and wet hydrogen medium

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    Cermet sintering on the base of molybdenum, nickel and aluminium oxide in dry and wer hydrogen medium is studied. It is stated that presence of water vapours permits to decrease sintering temperature of molybdenum containing cermets and to prepare dense nickeliferous cermets. Cermet density can he rather high at final stages of sintering that is probably conditioned by decrease of growth rate of corundum crystals. Pressing pressure activates cermet siptering at intermediate stages and it is low effective at finite stages of condensation. Constancy of relative reduction of void volume is preserved only at final stages of sintering

  12. Cermet fabrication by thermal spraying and hot isostatic pressing

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    An assessment is made of the feasibility of fabricating high integrity cermets by means of thermal spraying and hot isostatic pressing. Such cermets are applicable in the form of erosion-resistant gun tube liners obviating the use of such strategic elements as Co and Cr. Al2O3-28 vol percent Ni disks and cylinders were prepared by plasma spraying and hot isostatic pressing at 1350 C and 103 MPa. Characterization consisted of immersion density measurements and microstructural analysis. Specimens machined from the disks were used for thermal and mechanical properties testing. While thermal properties were found to be comparable to those of highly developed cermet systems, moduli and strengths were lower due to residual pores, high metal content, and a coarse microstructure

  13. Molybdenum-UO2 cermet irradiation at 1145 K.

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    Mcdonald, G.

    1971-01-01

    Two molybdenum-uranium dioxide cermet fuel pins with molybdenum clad were fission-heated in a forced-convection helium coolant for sufficient time to achieve 5.3% burnup. The cermet core contained 20 wt % of 93.2% enriched uranium dioxide. The results were as follows: there was no visible change in the appearance of the molybdenum clad during irradiation; the maximum increase in diameter of the fuel pins was 0.8%; there was no migration of uranium dioxide along grain boundaries and no evident interaction between molybdenum and uranium dioxide; and, finally, approximately 12% of the fission gas formed was released from the cermet core into the gas plenum.

  14. TiO{sub 2}-coated foams as a medium for solar catalysis

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    Plantard, G., E-mail: plantard@univ-perp.fr [PROMES-CNRS, UPR 8521, PROcedes Materiaux et Energie Solaire, Rambla de la Thermodynamique, Technosud, 66100 Perpignan Cedex (France); Universite de Perpignan Via Domitia 52 Avenue Paul Alduy, 66860 Perpignan (France); Goetz, V. [PROMES-CNRS, UPR 8521, PROcedes Materiaux et Energie Solaire, Rambla de la Thermodynamique, Technosud, 66100 Perpignan Cedex (France); Sacco, D. [PROMES-CNRS, UPR 8521, PROcedes Materiaux et Energie Solaire, Rambla de la Thermodynamique, Technosud, 66100 Perpignan Cedex (France); Universite de Perpignan Via Domitia 52 Avenue Paul Alduy, 66860 Perpignan (France)

    2011-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Photographs taken at the Scanning Electron Microscope of (a) a surface coating of TiO{sub 2}, (b) a mesh of a foam (mesh diameter of 2 mm) and (c) a foam. Research highlights: {yields} Assess the efficiency of the foams as a photocatalytic media. {yields} Foam to improve the apparent quantum yield. {yields} Foam makes good use of the UV rays to break down molecules. -- Abstract: Sunlight irradiating the surface of the Earth represents a maximum input available for a solar catalytic process of 50 W{sub UV} m{sup -2}. We propose using high-porosity, metallic, reticulated foams as the support medium for the photocatalyst in order to improve the apparent quantum yield. The layer of TiO{sub 2} was applied by dip-coating. The measurement of the degradation kinetics was carried out on a model target molecule, 2,4 dichlorophenol, at an initial concentration of 10 mg l{sup -1}. The aim was to assess the efficiency of the foams as a photocatalytic media compared to that of a suspension of catalytic powder (Degussa P25) and the flat 2D support (Ahlstrom cellulose media). The apparent quantum yield of the foam scaffold carrying the TiO{sub 2} was high, showing that, as with the powder suspension, foam makes good use of the UV rays to break down molecules. It is noteworthy that the apparent quantum yield of the foam tended towards that observed for suspensions which form the ideal support thanks to their optimal ability to harness the light.

  15. High-performance organic solar cells with spray-coated hole-transport and active layers

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    Girotto, Claudio; Heremans, Paul [IMEC vzw-Organic Photovoltaics, Kapeldreef 75, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); ESAT, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 10, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); Moia, Davide [IMEC vzw-Organic Photovoltaics, Kapeldreef 75, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); Politecnico di Milano, via Golgi 40, 20133 Milano (Italy); Rand, Barry P. [IMEC vzw-Organic Photovoltaics, Kapeldreef 75, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium)

    2011-01-07

    In this study, we report high performance organic solar cells with spray coated hole-transport and active layers. With optimized ink formulations we are able to deposit films with controlled thickness and very low surface roughness (<10 nm). Specifically we deposit smooth and uniform 40 nm thick films of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) as well as films composed of a mixture of poly(3-hexyl thiophene) (P3HT) and the C{sub 60}-derivative (6,6)-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) with thicknesses in the range 200-250 nm. To control film morphology, formation and thickness, the optimized inks incorporate two solvent systems in order to take advantage of surface tension gradients to create Marangoni flows that enhance the coverage of the substrate and reduce the roughness of the film. Notably, we achieve fill factors above 70% and attribute the improvement to an enhanced P3HT crystallization, which upon optimized post-drying thermal annealing results in a favorable morphology. As a result, we could extend the thickness of the layer to several hundreds of nanometers without noticing a substantial decrease of the transport properties of the layer. By proper understanding of the spreading and drying dynamics of the inks we achieve spray coated devices with power conversion efficiency of 3.75%, with fill factor, short circuit current and open circuit voltage of 70%, 9.8 mA cm{sup -2} and 550 mV, respectively. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  16. Design Evolutuion of Hot Isotatic Press Cans for NTP Cermet Fuel Fabrication

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    Mireles, O. R.; Broadway, J.; Hickman, R.

    2014-01-01

    Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) is under consideration for potential use in deep space exploration missions due to desirable performance properties such as a high specific impulse (> 850 seconds). Tungsten (W)-60vol%UO2 cermet fuel elements are under development, with efforts emphasizing fabrication, performance testing and process optimization to meet NTP service life requirements [1]. Fuel elements incorporate design features that provide redundant protection from crack initiation, crack propagation potentially resulting in hot hydrogen (H2) reduction of UO2 kernels. Fuel erosion and fission product retention barriers include W coated UO2 fuel kernels, W clad internal flow channels and fuel element external W clad resulting in a fully encapsulated fuel element design as shown.

  17. Multidisciplinary Simulation of Graphite-Composite and Cermet Fuel Elements for NTP Point of Departure Designs

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    Stewart, Mark E.; Schnitzler, Bruce G.

    2015-01-01

    This paper compares the expected performance of two Nuclear Thermal Propulsion fuel types. High fidelity, fluid/thermal/structural + neutronic simulations help predict the performance of graphite-composite and cermet fuel types from point of departure engine designs from the Nuclear Thermal Propulsion project. Materials and nuclear reactivity issues are reviewed for each fuel type. Thermal/structural simulations predict thermal stresses in the fuel and thermal expansion mis-match stresses in the coatings. Fluid/thermal/structural/neutronic simulations provide predictions for full fuel elements. Although NTP engines will utilize many existing chemical engine components and technologies, nuclear fuel elements are a less developed engine component and introduce design uncertainty. Consequently, these fuel element simulations provide important insights into NTP engine performance.

  18. Al2O3/Al Cermets by Plasma Spraying: Optical Response of Experimental and Numerically Represented Materials

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    Toru, D.; Echegut, R.; Quet, A.; De Sousa Meneses, D.; del Campo, L.; Piombini, H.; Echegut, P.; Bianchi, L.

    2016-01-01

    Optical properties of plasma-sprayed coatings and numerically represented samples were studied at wavelengths ranging from visible to mid-infrared. The paper focuses on Al2O3 and Al2O3/Al cermet coatings with different metal concentrations. Microstructure and composition of the samples were characterized in order to explain their optical response that is highly dependent on volume and/or surface scattering as a function of the wavelength range. 2D scanning electron microscopy and 3D x-ray microtomography images were exploited to get statistical data in order to numerically represent simplified samples from the complex microstructure of plasma-sprayed coatings. A Monte Carlo ray-tracing model, based on geometrical optical laws, was then applied to reproduce experimental trends of the acquired optical spectra. Good agreement with the experimental data was obtained.

  19. Cold Spray Deposition of WC-Co Cermets

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    Pereira de Magalhaes e Couto, Miguel

    2014-01-01

    The main subject of this Thesis is the production of hard, wear and corrosion resistant cermets tungsten carbide and cobalt cermets (WC-Co) with different contents in cobalt matrix, onto low carbon steels and aluminum alloy Al7075-T6 substrates, by means of Cold Gas Spray (CGS). The current state of the art for the deposition of WC-Co uses High Velocity Oxy-Fuel (HVOF) as the main technique. Understanding both techniques was also one of the keys points in this work. A deep theoretical ap...

  20. Preparation of refractory cermet structures for lithium compatibility testing

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    Heestand, R. L.; Jones, R. A.; Wright, T. R.; Kizer, D. E.

    1973-01-01

    High-purity nitride and carbide cermets were synthesized for compatability testing in liquid lithium. A process was developed for the preparation of high-purity hafnium nitride powder, which was subsequently blended with tungsten powder or tantalum nitride and tungsten powders and fabricated into 3 in diameter billets by uniaxial hot pressing. Specimens were then cut from the billets for compatability testing. Similar processing techniques were applied to produce hafnium carbide and zirconium carbide cermets for use in the testing program. All billets produced were characterized with respect to chemistry, structure, density, and strength properties.

  1. Experimental study of electrostatic discharges of spacecraft solar array protective coatings under radiation

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    Khasanshin, Rashid; Novikov, Lev

    Action of charged particles on low-conductive dielectrics causes formation of areas with a high charge density inside; their fields may give rise to development of electrostatic discharge between the charged area and the surface of the dielectric. Discharge channels are growing due to breakdown of dielectric and formation of a conducting phase. Generation of the channels is a complex stochastic process accompanied by such physical and chemical processes as ionization, gas formation, heating, and so on, which cause formation of conducting phase in a glass. That is why no quantitative theory describing formation of conductive channels has been formulated yet. The study of electrostatic discharges in dielectrics under radiation is essential both from a scientific point of view and for the solution of applied problems. In particular, interaction of a spacecraft with ambient plasma causes accumulation of electric charges on its surface producing, as a consequence, electric potential between the spacecraft surface and the plasma. For example, potentials on the surface of satellites operating on a geostationary orbit reach up to 20 kV. Elec-trostatic discharges caused by such potentials can produce not only the considerable electromag-netic interference, but also lead to the destruction of hardware components and structural ele-ments. Electrostatic charging due to electrons from the Earth’s radiation belts causes degradation of solar arrays as a result of surface and internal electrostatic discharges. In the work, surface of K-208 spacecraft solar array protective coatings irradiated by 20 and 40 keV electrons and protons has studied using by AFM methods. Traces of electrostatic dis-charges at different radiation flux densities were analyzed.

  2. Oxidation-resistant, solution-processed plasmonic Ni nanochain-SiOx (x < 2) selective solar thermal absorbers

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    Metal oxidation at high temperatures has long been a challenge in cermet solar thermal absorbers, which impedes the development of atmospherically stable, high-temperature, high-performance concentrated solar power (CSP) systems. In this work, we demonstrate solution-processed Ni nanochain-SiOx (x 2 selective solar thermal absorbers that exhibit a strong anti-oxidation behavior up to 600 °C in air. The thermal stability is far superior to previously reported Ni nanoparticle-Al2O3 selective solar thermal absorbers, which readily oxidize at 450 °C. The SiOx (x 2 matrices are derived from hydrogen silsesquioxane and tetraethyl orthosilicate precursors, respectively, which comprise Si-O cage-like structures and Si-O networks. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy shows that the dissociation of Si-O cage-like structures and Si-O networks at high temperatures have enabled the formation of new bonds at the Ni/SiOx interface to passivate the surface of Ni nanoparticles and prevent oxidation. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy demonstrate that the excess Si in the SiOx (x x (x 2 systems. This oxidation-resistant Ni nanochain-SiOx (x < 2) cermet coating also exhibits excellent high-temperature optical performance, with a high solar absorptance of ∼90% and a low emittance ∼18% measured at 300 °C. These results open the door towards atmospheric stable, high temperature, high-performance solar selective absorber coatings processed by low-cost solution-chemical methods for future generations of CSP systems

  3. Solar absorptance of copper–cobalt oxide thin film coatings with nano-size, grain-like morphology: Optimization and synchrotron radiation XPS studies

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    Copper–cobalt oxides thin films had been successfully coated on reflective aluminium substrates via a facile sol–gel dip-coating method for solar absorptance study. The optimum absorptance in the range of solar radiation is needed for further optimum design of this material for selective solar absorber application. Field emission scanning electron microscopy was used to characterize the surface morphology of the coating whereby nano-size, grain-like morphology was observed. Synchrotron radiation X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was employed to analyze the electronic structure of the coated surface showing that the (i) oxygen consisted of lattice, surface and subsurface oxygen, (ii) copper consisted of octahedral and tetrahedral Cu+, as well as octahedral and paramagnetic Cu2+ oxidation states, and (iii) cobalt consisted of tetrahedral and paramagnetic Co(II), octahedral Co(III) as well as mixed Co(II,III) oxidation states. In order to optimize the solar absorptance of the coatings, relevant parameters such as concentrations of cobalt and copper, copper/cobalt concentration ratios and dip-speed were investigated. The optimal coating with α = 83.4% was produced using 0.25 M copper acetate and 0.25 M cobalt chloride (Cu/Co ratio = 1) with dip-speed 120 mm/min (four cycles). The operational simplicity of the dip-coating system indicated that it could be extended for coating of other mixed metal oxides as well.

  4. New Low-Bandgap Materials with Good Stabilities and Efficiencies Comparable to P3HT in R2R-Coated Solar Cells

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    Søndergaard, Roar; Manceau, Matthieu; Jørgensen, Mikkel;

    2012-01-01

    Roll-to-roll coated organic solar cells of two new polymers processed in ambient conditions show good photochemical stabilities, and their efficiencies are comparable to similar roll-to-roll coated P3HT cells. Optimal blend compositions are achieved by the use of differentially pumped slot die...

  5. Performance measurements of new silicon carbide coated reflectors for concentrated solar power applications

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    Belasri, Djawed; Nakamura, Kazuki; Armstrong, Peter; Calvet, Nicolas

    2016-05-01

    The new silicon carbide coated mirrors (SiC-mirrors) developed by Ibiden Co., Ltd. and tested at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology offer several advantages in concentrated solar power (CSP) structure and operation. The purpose of this paper is to present the results of the reflectance and durability of the SiC-mirrors compared to high quality CSP glass mirrors in conjunction with two different applied cleaning methods. SiC-mirrors are 40 % lighter than high quality CSP glass mirrors, which leads to reduce costs of heliostat, parabolic trough or linear Fresnel structures, including assembly and installation time, lower drive power requirements, and stress during tracking operation. Lab and field tests show the SiC mirrors' reflectance is as high as the high quality CSP glass mirrors. Indeed, after 32 weeks of exposure, the high quality CSP glass mirrors' reflectance has decreased by 19 %, while the SiC mirrors' reflectance has decreased by 20 % when the brushing with water cleaning was applied. Using the brushing without water cleaning, the reflectance has decreased by 13 % and 2 % for the high quality CSP glass mirrors and the SiC-mirrors, respectively.

  6. Dip coated nanocrystalline CdZnS thin films for solar cell application

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    Nanocrystalline cadmium sulfide (CdS) and zinc cadmium sulfide (ZnCdS) thin films have been grown via simple and low cost dip coating technique. The prepared films are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopic (AFM) and UV-VIS spectrophotometer techniques to reveal their structural, morphological and optical properties. XRD shows that both samples grown have zinc blende structure. The grain size is calculated as 6.2 and 8 nm using Scherrer’s formula. The band gap value of CdS and CdZnS film is estimated to be 2.58 and 2.69 eV respectively by UV-vis spectroscopy. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) investigations are carried out using cell configuration as n-CdZnS/(1M NaOH + 1M Na2S + 1M S)/C. The photovoltaic output characteristic is used to calculate fill-factor (FF) and solar conversion efficiency (η)

  7. Dip coated nanocrystalline CdZnS thin films for solar cell application

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    Dongre, J. K., E-mail: jk-dongre@yahoo.com; Chaturvedi, Mahim; Patil, Yuvraj; Sharma, Sandhya; Jain, U. K. [Government Autonomous Post Graduate College Chhindwara, 480001 (India)

    2015-07-31

    Nanocrystalline cadmium sulfide (CdS) and zinc cadmium sulfide (ZnCdS) thin films have been grown via simple and low cost dip coating technique. The prepared films are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopic (AFM) and UV-VIS spectrophotometer techniques to reveal their structural, morphological and optical properties. XRD shows that both samples grown have zinc blende structure. The grain size is calculated as 6.2 and 8 nm using Scherrer’s formula. The band gap value of CdS and CdZnS film is estimated to be 2.58 and 2.69 eV respectively by UV-vis spectroscopy. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) investigations are carried out using cell configuration as n-CdZnS/(1M NaOH + 1M Na2S + 1M S)/C. The photovoltaic output characteristic is used to calculate fill-factor (FF) and solar conversion efficiency (η)

  8. Design and fabrication of a SiOx/ITO double-layer anti-reflective coating for heterojunction silicon solar cells

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    Zhang, D.; Digdaya, A.; Santbergen, R.; Van Swaaij, R.A.C.M.M.; Zeman, M. [Photovoltaic Materials and Devices, Delft University of Technology, P.O. Box 5031, 2600 GA Delft (Netherlands); Bronsveld, P.; Van Roosmalen, J.A.M.; Weeber, A.W. [ECN Solar Energy, P.O. Box 1, 1755 ZG Petten (Netherlands)

    2013-10-15

    In this contribution optical simulations of both flat and textured heterojunction silicon solar cells are presented and verified experimentally. Using Advanced Semiconductor Analysis (ASA) software, we optimize a double-layer anti-reflective (AR) coating, which has an additional SiOx film on the top of the existing indium tin oxide (ITO) coating. Our approach is based on maximizing the absorbance of the crystalline silicon (c-Si) wafer, which is strongly correlated with the solar cell's short circuit current (Jsc). Our simulations show that for a flat heterojunction silicon solar cell c-Si absorbance can increase by using a double-layer AR coating instead of a single-layer AR coating. As predicted by the simulations, experimental devices show corresponding Jsc increase, leading to the increase of the solar cell efficiency. On a textured heterojunction silicon solar cell the incident light travels an oblique path through the AR coating and we use an advanced ray-tracing model to optimize the single and double-layer AR coating for this case. Our simulations show that for the textured heterojunction silicon solar cell, reflection losses are lower but parasitic absorption losses in the ITO and amorphous silicon layers play a more important role. Using a double-layer AR coating not only reduces reflection losses further, but because a thinner ITO layer can be used it also reduces parasitic absorption losses. Experimentally, our textured heterojunction silicon solar cell with a double-layer AR coating shows that the Jsc (active area) of 40.5 mA/cm{sup 2} and an efficiency of 19.0%.

  9. Efficient solar photocatalytic activity of TiO2 coated nano-porous silicon by atomic layer deposition

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    Sampath, Sridhar; Maydannik, Philipp; Ivanova, Tatiana; Shestakova, Marina; Homola, Tomáš; Bryukvin, Anton; Sillanpää, Mika; Nagumothu, Rameshbabu; Alagan, Viswanathan

    2016-09-01

    In the present study, TiO2 coated nano-porous silicon (TiO2/PS) was prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD) whereas porous silicon was prepared by stain etching method for efficient solar photocatalytic activity. TiO2/PS was characterized by FESEM, AFM, XRD, XPS and DRS UV-vis spectrophotometer. Absorbance spectrum revealed that TiO2/PS absorbs complete solar light with wave length range of 300 nm-800 nm and most importantly, it absorbs stronger visible light than UV light. The reason for efficient solar light absorption of TiO2/PS is that nanostructured TiO2 layer absorbs UV light and nano-porous silicon layer absorbs visible light which is transparent to TiO2 layer. The amount of visible light absorption of TiO2/PS directly increases with increase of silicon etching time. The effect of silicon etching time of TiO2/PS on solar photocatalytic activity was investigated towards methylene blue dye degradation. Layer by layer solar absorption mechanism was used to explain the enhanced photocatalytic activity of TiO2/PS solar absorber. According to this, the photo-generated electrons of porous silicon will be effectively injected into TiO2 via hetero junction interface which leads to efficient charge separation even though porous silicon is not participating in any redox reactions in direct.

  10. Efficiently-cooled plasmonic amorphous silicon solar cells integrated with a nano-coated heat-pipe plate

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    Zhang, Yinan; Du, Yanping; Shum, Clifford; Cai, Boyuan; Le, Nam Cao Hoai; Chen, Xi; Duck, Benjamin; Fell, Christopher; Zhu, Yonggang; Gu, Min

    2016-04-01

    Solar photovoltaics (PV) are emerging as a major alternative energy source. The cost of PV electricity depends on the efficiency of conversion of light to electricity. Despite of steady growth in the efficiency for several decades, little has been achieved to reduce the impact of real-world operating temperatures on this efficiency. Here we demonstrate a highly efficient cooling solution to the recently emerging high performance plasmonic solar cell technology by integrating an advanced nano-coated heat-pipe plate. This thermal cooling technology, efficient for both summer and winter time, demonstrates the heat transportation capability up to ten times higher than those of the metal plate and the conventional wickless heat-pipe plates. The reduction in temperature rise of the plasmonic solar cells operating under one sun condition can be as high as 46%, leading to an approximate 56% recovery in efficiency, which dramatically increases the energy yield of the plasmonic solar cells. This newly-developed, thermally-managed plasmonic solar cell device significantly extends the application scope of PV for highly efficient solar energy conversion.

  11. Efficiently-cooled plasmonic amorphous silicon solar cells integrated with a nano-coated heat-pipe plate.

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    Zhang, Yinan; Du, Yanping; Shum, Clifford; Cai, Boyuan; Le, Nam Cao Hoai; Chen, Xi; Duck, Benjamin; Fell, Christopher; Zhu, Yonggang; Gu, Min

    2016-01-01

    Solar photovoltaics (PV) are emerging as a major alternative energy source. The cost of PV electricity depends on the efficiency of conversion of light to electricity. Despite of steady growth in the efficiency for several decades, little has been achieved to reduce the impact of real-world operating temperatures on this efficiency. Here we demonstrate a highly efficient cooling solution to the recently emerging high performance plasmonic solar cell technology by integrating an advanced nano-coated heat-pipe plate. This thermal cooling technology, efficient for both summer and winter time, demonstrates the heat transportation capability up to ten times higher than those of the metal plate and the conventional wickless heat-pipe plates. The reduction in temperature rise of the plasmonic solar cells operating under one sun condition can be as high as 46%, leading to an approximate 56% recovery in efficiency, which dramatically increases the energy yield of the plasmonic solar cells. This newly-developed, thermally-managed plasmonic solar cell device significantly extends the application scope of PV for highly efficient solar energy conversion. PMID:27113558

  12. Roll coated large area ITO- and vacuum-free all organic solar cells from diketopyrrolopyrrole based non-fullerene acceptors with molecular geometry effects

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    Brandt, Rasmus Guldbaek; Zhang, Fei; Andersen, Thomas Rieks;

    2016-01-01

    morphology, and photovoltaic performance of both spin-coated ITO based and roll coated large area, ITO- and vacuum-free organic solar cells (OSCs). For spin-coated devices based on P3HT as the donor polymer the solar cells gave power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) in the following order for (P3HT:PhDMe(DPP)2.......04%) and the highest Voc was 0.82 V. Our preliminary results highlight the influence of geometry, structure and processing on the performance of non-fullerene acceptors....

  13. The Influence of Nanofilled Polymer Coatings and Magnetic Field on the Decay Kinetics of Photovoltage in Silicon Crystals Used in Solar Energy

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    L.P. Steblenko

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The influence of a weak stationary magnetic field on the kinetics of photovoltage decay in "solar" silicon crystals (solar-Si with nanofilled polymer coatings is studied. The characteristic features of magnetostimulated change of carrier lifetime depending on the concentration and the method of forming the nanofillers in the polymer matrix are established.

  14. CER-MET SPHERE-PAC fuel potential

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    During operation of the fuel rods in an LWR core the low thermal conductivity of oxide fuel causes high temperatures in the fuel column. This imposes restrictions on the permissible power increases of the fuel rods during in-reactor operation. In a joint KEMA-ECN-GKN programme the applicability of a 3-fraction mixture of large MOX spheres with medium and small natural UO2 spheres in an 88 percent smear density sphere-pac columns of LWR fuel rods has been shown. A 3-fraction CER-MET sphere-pac fuel column of large UO2 or MOX spheres with medium and small spheres of a metal alloy, has a much higher thermal conductivity than pure oxide fuel. Sooner or later uranium becomes scarcer and plutonium from reprocessing plants has to be used in LWR fuel. Then, for CER-MET sphere-pac fuel only 1 fraction has to be fabricated from the plutonium of the reprocessing plants. Moreover, thanks to the low operation temperatures in the CER-MET sphere-pac fuel column the restrictions on power increases become less stringent and the stored heat in the core is lower than in pure oxide cores. The major material aspects of this new CER-MET sphere-pac fuel are presented here. (author). 19 refs.; 7 tabs

  15. CERMET fuel behavior and properties in ADS reactors

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    Within the EUROTRANS Integrated Project, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (FZK) and the Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) are joining their efforts to study the behavior of Mo-based CERMET non-uranium fuel for the ADS. Contributions include core safety calculations, and fuel property measurements and irradiation experiments. Safety studies for optimized EFIT core designs have concluded that, for the new low power cores of EFIT with a power class of ∼400 MWth and a fuel power density of ∼250 MW/m3, the CERMET-loaded cores behave favorably and the design limits of the fuels were not violated. Mo-based CERMET fuel pellets and pins loaded with Pu and Am were fabricated for irradiation programmes which will start by mid-2007 in PHENIX (France) and HFR-Petten (The Netherlands). The thermal diffusivity and specific heat of the CERMET fuels (loaded with Pu and Am) were the main properties measured, and the thermal conductivity was deduced. The results were used to prepare the safety report for the irradiation experiments

  16. Palladium based cermet composite for hydrogen separation at elevated temperature

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    Tsai, Yen-Chang; Lin, Chien-Cheng; Lin, Wei-Lin; Wang, Jeng-Han; Chen, San-Yuan; Lin, Pang; Wu, Pu-Wei

    2015-01-01

    A cermet composite consisting of palladium and BaCe0.4Zr0.4Gd0.1Dy0.1O3-x (BCZGD) is fabricated by mixing palladium and BCZGD powders in a ball mill, followed by pressing and sintering at 1450 °C for 24 h in air. The Pd-BCZGD cermet demonstrates impressive hydrogen permeation flux in a mixture of hydrogen and carbon dioxide at elevated temperature, in which the palladium plays the predominant role of facile transport in the hydrogen atoms whereas the BCZGD provides channels for proton conduction. Material characterization including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) are performed. XRD patterns indicate pure phases of fcc palladium and perovskite BCZGD. SEM images and element mapping suggest a homogeneous mixture of cermet without noticeable defect and phase segregation. TGA results confirm stability of the cermet against carbon dioxide without chemical decomposition. The hydrogen permeation flux is determined via a gas chromatography from 400 to 700 °C at various hydrogen concentration gradients. We record a hydrogen flux of 1.25 cm3 min-1 cm-2 in 50% hydrogen and 50% carbon dioxide at 700 °C, with a selectivity of H2/CO2 approaching infinity.

  17. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) as a 3-dimensional imaging technique for non-destructive testing of roll-to-roll coated polymer solar cells

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    Thrane, Lars; Jørgensen, Thomas Martini; Jørgensen, Mikkel;

    2013-01-01

    We have recently demonstrated the first application of optical coherence tomography (OCT) as a 3-dimensional (3D) imaging technique to visualize the internal structure of complete multilayered polymer solar cell modules (Thrane et al., Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 97, 181-185 (2012)). The 3......D imaging of complete polymer solar cells prepared by roll-to-roll coating was carried out using a high-resolution 1322nm OCT system having a 4.5 microns axial resolution and a 12 microns lateral resolution. It was possible to image the 3-dimensional structure of the entire solar cell that comprise...... UV-barrier, barrier material, adhesive, substrate and active solar cell multilayer structure. In addition, it was found that the OCT technique could be readily employed to identify coating defects in the functional layers, making it a potential technique to enable process control by real...

  18. Comparative Study on the Effects of Surfactants on the Electroless Copper Coated Solar Cell and Optimizing Its Process Parameters

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    M. Jeevarani

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available An experimental investigation on optimizing process parameters in the electroless copper coatings on solar photovoltaic cells under specific coating conditions has been carried out and reported. Coating parameters such as pH, temperature, and surfactants concentration were varied, and corresponding coating thickness and voltage were measured. To optimize the above parameters, design of experiment was conducted using full factorial method. The pH was varied at 4 different values such as 4-5, 5-6, 8-9, and 9-10 and temperature was varied at different values such as 75°C, 80°C, 85°C, and 90°C. The two different surfactants such as Sodium Do-decyl sulfate and Cetyl tri ammonium bromide were added and their concentration was varied from 0–1.5 g/L to 0–1.8 g/L, respectively. When pH was 8-9, the coating thickness was maximum of 12 μm and 11.63 μm and it was minimum of 3 μm and 2.6 μm, when pH was at 4-5 for Sodium Do-decyl sulfate and Cetyl tri ammonium bromide respectively. The coating thickness increases up to 12 μm when the temperature was 85°C and further increase in temperature destabilizes the electroless bath. The coating thickness was a maximum of 11.25 μm/hr and 10.53 μm/hr, when the Sodium Dodecyl sulfate and Cetyl tri ammonium bromide concentrations were 1.2 g/L and 1.5 g/L, respectively. The increased coating thickness of solar cells imparts increased open circuit voltage from 0.43 V to 0.65 V. The detailed experimental results and their analysis are presented in the main paper.

  19. Application of optical coherence tomography (OCT) as a 3-dimensional imaging technique for roll-to-roll coated polymer solar cells

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    Thrane, Lars; Jørgensen, Thomas Martini; Jørgensen, Mikkel;

    2012-01-01

    The 3-dimensional imaging of complete polymer solar cells prepared by roll-to-roll coating was carried out using high-resolution 1322 nm optical coherence tomography (OCT) system. We found it possible to image the 3-dimensional structure of the entire solar cell that comprises UV-barrier, barrier...... material, adhesive, substrate and active solar cell multilayer structure. The achievable resolution was 12 μm in the lateral plane and 4.5 μm in the depth. We found that the OCT technique could be readily employed to identify coating defects in the functional layers. We finally identify the limitations of...

  20. High-Efficiency P-I-N Microcrystalline and Micromorph Thin Film Silicon Solar Cells Deposited on LPCVD Zno Coated Glass Substrates

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    Bailat, Julien; Dominé, Didier; Schlüchter, R.; Steinhauser, Jérôme; Faÿ, Sylvie; F Freitas; Bucher, C.; Feitknecht, Luc; Niquille, Xavier; Tscharner, T.; Shah, Arvind; Ballif, Christophe

    2008-01-01

    The authors report on the fabrication of microcrystalline silicon p-i-n solar cells with efficiencies close to 10%, using glass coated with zinc oxide (ZnO) deposited by low pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD). LPCVD front contacts were optimized for p-i-n microcrystalline silicon solar cells by decreasing the free carrier absorption of the layers and increasing the surface roughness. These modifications resulted in an increased current density of the solar cell but also in significant...

  1. Basic research on cermet nuclear fuel

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    Ohashi, Hiroshi; Sto, Seichi [Hokkaido Univ., Sapporo (Japan). Faculty of Engineering; Takano, Masahide; Minato, Kazuo; Fukuda, Kosaku

    1998-01-01

    Production of cermet nuclear fuel having fine uranium dioxide (UO{sub 2}) particles dispersed in matrix metal requires basic property data on the compatibility of matrix metal with fission product compounds. It is thermodynamically suggested that, as burnup increases, cesium in oxide fuel reacts with the fuel, other fission products or cladding pipe and produces cesium uranates, cesium molybdate, or cesium chromate in stainless steel cladding pipe. Attempt was made to measure the thermal expansion coefficient and thermal conductivity of cesium uranates (Cs{sub 2}UO{sub 4} and Cs{sub 2}U{sub 2}O{sub 7}), cesium molybdate (Cs{sub 2}MoO{sub 4}) and cesium chromate (Cs{sub 2}CrO{sub 4}). Thermal expansion was measured by X-ray diffraction and determined by Cohen`s method. Thermal conductivity was obtained by measuring thermal diffusion by laser flash method. The thermal expansion of Cs{sub 2}UO{sub 4} and Cs{sub 2}U{sub 2}O{sub 7} is as low as 1.2% for the former and 1.0% for the latter, up to 1000K. The thermal expansion of Cs{sub 2}MoO{sub 4} is as high as that of Cs{sub 2}CrO{sub 4}, 2.1% for the former and 2.5% for the latter at temperatures from room temperature to 873K. Average thermal expansion in this temperature range is 4.4 x 10{sup -5} K{sup -1} for Cs{sub 2}MoO{sub 4} and 4.2 x 10{sup -5} K{sup -1}. The thermal expansion of Cs{sub 2}CrO{sub 4} is four times higher than that of UO{sub 2} and five times higher than that of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The thermal conductivity of Cs{sub 2}UO{sub 4} is nearly equal to that of Cs{sub 2}U{sub 2}O{sub 7} in absolute value and temperature dependency. Cs{sub 2}U{sub 2}O{sub 7}, having different thermal conductivity between {alpha} and {beta} phases, shows higher conductivity with {beta} than with {alpha}, about 1/4 of that of UO{sub 2} at 1000K. The thermal conductivity of Cs{sub 2}CrO{sub 4} is nearly equal to that of Cs{sub 2}MoO{sub 4} in absolute value and temperature dependency. (N.H.)

  2. Low cost selective black conversion coating on aluminium for solar thermal energy utilization

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    Shanmugam, N.V.; John, S.; Shenoi, B.A.; Srinivasan, K.N.; Selvam, M.; Annamalai, M.; Iyer, M.V.; Nirmala, K.A.; Venkatesh, P.; Prasad, C.R.; Subramani, C.

    1982-01-01

    Described is the method of obtaining selective black conversion coating on aluminium, at a low cost (Rs 10/sq.m). These coatings are characterized by absorptance of 0.8 to 0.9 and emittance of 0.3 to 0.4. These coatings offer good corrosion resistance after chromating treatment. Stagnant temperature measurement recorded a temperature of 150/sup 0/C on 14 May 1981.

  3. The design of cermet fuel phase fraction and fuel particle diameter

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    UO2-Zr-2 is an ideal cermet fuel. As an exemplification with this fuel, this paper emphatically elucidates the irradiation theory of cermet fuel and its application in the design of cermet fuel phase fraction and of fuel particle diameter. From the point of view of the irradiation theory and the consideration for sandwich rolling, the suitable volume fraction of UO2 phase of 25% and diameter of UO2 particle of 100 +- 15 μm are selected

  4. One-pot synthesis of Ag nanoparticle-coated Pb-based glass frit used in crystalline silicon solar cell

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    Zhou, Jian; Gan, Weiping; Tang, Hongbo; Li, Yingfen; Yang, Chao

    2015-03-01

    Deposition of Ag nanoparticles onto the surface of commercial Pb-based glass frit was conducted via a novel and facile one-pot procedure—a modified polyol process. The procedure included two steps: a 5-min pretreatment of the glass frit at 25 °C in a sonication bath and a 1-h electroless plating at 75 °C in a water bath, which only involved AgNO3 and ethylene glycol but without stabilizing agent. The silver-coated glass frit particles were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, inductively coupled plasma emission spectrometer and energy dispersive spectroscopy. It was found that the glass frit particles were homogeneously coated with dense crystalline Ag nanoparticles with an average diameter of 15 nm on the surfaces. Electrical performance of the solar cells was improved after the deposition.

  5. Slot-die Coating of a High Performance Copolymer in a Readily Scalable Roll Process for Polymer Solar Cells

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    Helgesen, Martin; Carlé, Jon Eggert; Krebs, Frederik C

    2013-01-01

    reported compact coating/printing machine, which enables the preparation of PSCs that are directly scalable with full roll-to-roll processing. The positioning of the side-chains on the thiophene units proves to be very significant in terms of solubility of the polymers and consequently has a major impact...... on the device yield and process control. The most successful processing is accomplished with the polymer, PDTSTTz-4, that has the side-chains situated in the 4-position on the thiophene units. Inverted PSCs based on PDTSTTz-4 demonstrate high fill factors, up to 59%, even with active layer...... thicknesses well above 200 nm. Power conversion efficiencies of up to 3.5% can be reached with the roll-coated PDTSTTz-4:PCBM solar cells that, together with good process control and high device yield, designate PDTSTTz-4 as a convincing candidate for high-throughput roll-to-roll production of PSCs....

  6. Optimization of Multi-layer AR Coatings for GaInP/GaAs Tandem Solar Cells

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    ZHU Cheng; ZHANG Yong-gang; LI Ai-zhen

    2004-01-01

    The AR coatings for GaInP/GaAs tandem solar cell are simulated. Results show that, under the condition of the lack of suitable encapsulation, a very low energy loss could be reached on MgF2/ZnS system;in the case of glass encapsulation,the Al2O3/ZrO2 and Al2 O3/TiO2 systems are appropriate choice; for AlInP window layer,the thickness of 30 nm is suitable.

  7. Flexible Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells fabricated using a polyimide-coated soda-lime glass substrate

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    Sadono, Adiyudha; Hino, Masashi; Ichikawa, Mitsuru; Yamamoto, Kenji; Kurokawa, Yasuyoshi; Konagai, Makoto; Yamada, Akira

    2015-08-01

    Flexible solar cells with a Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) absorber layer were fabricated on a polyimide thin film using a lift-off process. Polyimide-coated soda-lime glass (SLG) was used as a substrate for fabricating CIGS solar cells before the lift-off process conducted to make the cells flexible. A conversion efficiency of 13.4% was achieved by low temperature deposition; this value is comparable to that obtained by direct deposition on a rigid glass substrate even without an external Na source. The final conversion efficiency after the lift-off process was 12.7% with some area correction due to the partial peeling-off between CIGS and Mo. Open-circuit voltage and fill factor did not change before and after the lift-off process, suggesting that the lift-off process did not give any physical damage.

  8. Sliding wear behavior of nanostructured WC-Co-Cr coatings

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    Wang, Haibin; Wang, Xuezheng; Song, Xiaoyan; Liu, Xuemei; Liu, Xingwei

    2015-11-01

    The nanostructured WC-10Co-4Cr coatings were fabricated by high velocity oxy-fuel spraying using the in situ synthesized WC-Co nanocomposite powder with size of 70-200 nm and Cr addition. Through optimization of the processing conditions, the nanostructured WC-Co-Cr coating has only a small amount of decarburized phase, a dense microstructure and an excellent combination of hardness, fracture toughness and wear resistance. A series of sliding wear tests were performed to investigate the wear behavior of the nanostructured cermet coating. The evolution of the friction coefficient, wear characteristics and their mechanisms were studied for the nanostructured WC-Co-Cr coating with the change of the load. The present study proposes a new understanding of the occurrence and the related mechanisms of the wear of the cermet coatings.

  9. High-temperature stable absorber coatings for linear concentrating solar thermal power plants; Hochtemperaturstabile Absorberschichten fuer linear konzentrierende solarthermische Kraftwerke

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    Hildebrandt, Christina

    2009-03-23

    This work describes the development of new absorber coatings for different applications - para-bolic trough and linear Fresnel collectors - and operating conditions - absorber in vacuum or in air. The demand for higher efficiencies of solar thermal power plants using parabolic trough technology results in higher temperatures in the collectors and on the absorber tubes. As heat losses increase strongly with increasing temperatures, the need for a lower emissivity of the absorber coating at constant absorptivity arises. The linear Fresnel application envisions ab-sorber tubes stable in air at high temperatures of about 450 C, which are to date commercially not available. This work comprises the theoretical background, the modeling and the fabrication of absorber tubes including the technology transfer to a production-size inline sputter coater. In annealing tests and accompanying optical measurements, degradation processes have been observed and specified more precisely by material characterization techniques. The simulations provided the capability of different materials used as potential IR-reflector. The highest selectivity can be achieved by applying silver which consequently has been chosen for the application in absorber coatings of the parabolic trough technology. Thin silver films how-ever need to be stabilized when used at high temperatures. Appropriate barrier layers as well as process and layer parameters were identified. A high selectivity was achieved and stability of the absorber coating for 1200 h at 500 C in vacuum has been demonstrated. For the application in air, silver was also analyzed as a potential IR-reflector. Even though the stability could be increased considerably, it nevertheless proved to be insufficient. The main factors influencing stability in a positive way are the use of higher quality polishing, additional barrier layers and adequate process parameters. This knowledge was applied for developing coatings which are stable in air at

  10. A binder phase of TiO based cermets

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    LI Qing-kui; GUAN Shao-kang; ZHONH Hui; LI Jiang; ZHONG Hai-yun

    2005-01-01

    A binder phase of TiO based cermets, a kind of imitated gold materials, was developed by adding active element Si to Fe-Cr alloy, and the related mechanisms were studied. The wettability, matching in thermodynamics and interfacial strength were investigated by the high temperature sessile drop method and element area scanning. The linear expansion coefficients of the materials were measured using TAH100 thermal analyzer. The results show that the wettability of Fe-Cr alloy on TiO are small, with a wetting angle about 90°. After adding some Si in Fe-Cr alloy, its wetting angle can be decreased to about 25°, the interfacial reactions can be prevented effectively and high interface binding can be formed. Fe-25%Cr-1.5%Si matches the thermal expansion coefficient of TiO, so it is a kind of relatively perfect binder for TiO based cermets imitated gold.

  11. High pressure gas-filled cermet spark gaps

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    The results of modernization of the R-48 and R-49 spark gaps making it possible to improve their electrical characteristics are presented. The design is described and characteristics of gas-filled cermet spark gaps are presented. By the voltage rise time of 5-6 μs in the Marx generator scheme they provide for the pulse break-through voltage of 120 and 150 kV. By the voltage rise time of 0.5-1 μs the break-through voltage of these spark gaps may be increased up to 130 and 220 kV. The proper commutation time is equal to ≤ 0.5 ns. Practical recommendations relative to designing cermet spark gaps are given

  12. Advanced propulsion engine assessment based on a cermet reactor

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    Parsley, Randy C.

    1993-01-01

    A preferred Pratt & Whitney conceptual Nuclear Thermal Rocket Engine (NTRE) has been designed based on the fundamental NASA priorities of safety, reliability, cost, and performance. The basic philosophy underlying the design of the XNR2000 is the utilization of the most reliable form of ultrahigh temperature nuclear fuel and development of a core configuration which is optimized for uniform power distribution, operational flexibility, power maneuverability, weight, and robustness. The P&W NTRE system employs a fast spectrum, cermet fueled reactor configured in an expander cycle to ensure maximum operational safety. The cermet fuel form provides retention of fuel and fission products as well as high strength. A high level of confidence is provided by benchmark analysis and independent evaluations.

  13. 17.1%-Efficient Multi-Scale-Textured Black Silicon Solar Cells without Dielectric Antireflection Coating: Preprint

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    Toor, F.; Page, M. R.; Branz, H. M.; Yuan, H. C.

    2011-07-01

    In this work we present 17.1%-efficient p-type single crystal Si solar cells with a multi-scale-textured surface and no dielectric antireflection coating. Multi-scale texturing is achieved by a gold-nanoparticle-assisted nanoporous etch after conventional micron scale KOH-based pyramid texturing (pyramid black etching). By incorporating geometric enhancement of antireflection, this multi-scale texturing reduces the nanoporosity depth required to make silicon 'black' compared to nanoporous planar surfaces. As a result, it improves short-wavelength spectral response (blue response), previously one of the major limiting factors in 'black-Si' solar cells. With multi-scale texturing, the spectrum-weighted average reflectance from 350- to 1000-nm wavelength is below 2% with a 100-nm deep nanoporous layer. In comparison, roughly 250-nm deep nanopores are needed to achieve similar reflectance on planar surface. Here, we characterize surface morphology, reflectivity and solar cell performance of the multi-scale textured solar cells.

  14. Ultra fine microstructure in WC-Co cermet

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    Lay, S.; Loubradou, M.; Donnadieu, P. [LTPCM- UMR 5614 - CNRS -INPG-UJF, Domaine Universitaire, Saint Martin d' Heres cedex (France)

    2004-10-01

    Grain growth inhibitors like VC are added to WC-Co cermets to avoid abnormal grain growth during sintering. Though the effect of vanadium is known for a long time, the controlling mechanism remains to understand. Microstructural investigations carried out on industrial samples have permitted to locate precisely the inhibitor after sintering. These results are discussed in connection with WC grain growth mechanism. (Abstract Copyright [2004], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  15. Cermet materials prepared by combustion synthesis and metal infiltration

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    Holt, Joseph B.; Dunmead, Stephen D.; Halverson, Danny C.; Landingham, Richard L.

    1991-01-01

    Ceramic-metal composites (cermets) are made by a combination of self-propagating high temperature combustion synthesis and molten metal infiltration. Solid-gas, solid-solid and solid-liquid reactions of a powder compact produce a porous ceramic body which is infiltrated by molten metal to produce a composite body of higher density. AlN-Al and many other materials can be produced.

  16. Improvement of tool materials by deposition of gradient and multilayers coatings

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    L.A. Dobrzański; K. Gołombek; J. Mikuła; D. Pakuła

    2006-01-01

    Purpose: Investigation of the functional properties of cermets, Si3N4 and Al2O3 based ceramics, coated with the PVD andCVD multilayer and gradient coatings and comparison them with the commercial uncoated and coated tool materials.Design/methodology/approach: TEM, SEM, confocal microscopy, scratch test, microhardness tests, roughnesstests, cutting tests.Findings: Employment of the hard wear resistant coatings deposited onto the sintered ceramic tool materials withthe physical deposition from ...

  17. Assessment of polyphase sintered iron-cobalt-iron boride cermets

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    Sintering of iron, cobalt and boron powders has been analysed. As a result iron-iron boride, Fe-Fe2B and iron/cobalt boride with a slight admixture of molybdenum, Fe - Co - (FeMoCo)2B cermets have been produced. Iron was introduced to the mixture as the Astalloy Mo Hoeganaes grade powder. Elemental amorphous boron powder was used, and formation of borides occurred both during heating and isothermal sintering periods causing dimensional changes of the sintered body. Dilatometry was chosen to control basic phenomena taking place during multiphase sintering of investigated systems. The microstructure and phase constituents of sintered compacts were controlled as well. The cermets produced were substituted to: metallographic tests, X-ray analysis, measurements of hardness and of microhardness, and of wear in the process of sliding dry friction. Cermets are made up of two phases; hard grains of iron - cobalt boride, (FeCo)2B (1800 HV) constituting the reinforcement and a relatively soft and plastic eutectic mixture Fe2B - Co (400-500 HV) constituting the matrix. (author)

  18. Antireflective Nanocomposite Based Coating on Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells for Building-Integrated Photovoltaic Systems

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    Gangopadhyay, Utpal; Jana, Sukhendu; Das, Sayan; Garain, Sutapa; Ray, Soma

    2013-01-01

    Building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems represent an interesting, alternative approach for increasing the available area for electricity production and potentially for further reducing the cost of solar electricity. In BIPV systems, the visual impression of a solar module becomes important, including its color. However, the range of solar cell colours and shapes currently on offer to architects and BIPV system designers is still very limited, and this is a barrier to the widespread us...

  19. Effect of electron fluxes on protective glass-coatings of solar batteries

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    A technique of experiment with solar batteries protective glasses exposed to electron fluxes is developed. Electron energy varies from 10 to 50 keV and current density-from 1 to 20 nA/sm2. Amplitude spectra and shape of discharge pulses responsible for changes in the characteristics of a solar battery are obtained. In diode regime under exposure to electrons a low-voltage arc strikes between elements of the solar battery

  20. Alumina Coatings on Fluorine-Doped Tin Oxide@Titanium Dioxide as Photoanode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Titanium dioxide coated fluorine doped tin oxide film (F-T film) is synthesized and applied as photoanode in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). Efforts to improve the photovoltaic performance are made by coating an Al2O3 barrier layer to serve as the charge recombination barrier. Due to the less electron recombination with oxidized dye or I3− after two times of Al2O3 coating combined with an efficient electron extraction of F-T film, F-T-2A DSCs exhibits a maximal efficiency of 5.24% improved by 12.4% for F-T DSCs without surface modification. However the cell performance fades due to decreased photoelectron injection from dye molecules into TiO2 conduction band when the barrier became thicker. The thickness of Al2O3 by deposition cycle is well controlled and studied. Electrochemical impedance spectra are applied to disclose the low electron transfer resistance of F-T-2A DSCs for the better cell performance

  1. Small PWR 'PFPWR50' using cermet fuel of Th-Pu particles

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    An innovative concept of PFPWR50 has been studied. The main feature of PFPWR50 has been to adopt TRISO coated fuel particles in a conventional PWR cladding. Coated fuel particle provides good confining ability of fission products. But it is pointed out that swelling of SiC layer at low temperature by irradiation has possibilities of degrading the integrity of coated fuel particle in the LWR environment. Thus, we examined the use of Cermet fuel replacing SiC layer to Zr metal or Zr compound. And the nuclear fuel has been used as fuel compact, which is configured to fix coated fuel particles in the matrix material to the shape of fuel pellet. In the previous study, graphite matrix is adopted as the matrix material. According to the burnup calculations of the several fuel concepts with those covering layers, we decide to use Zr layer embedded in Zr metal base or ZrC layer with graphite matrix. But carbon has the problem at low temperature by irradiation as well as SiC. Therefore, Zr covering layer and Zr metal base are finally selected. The other feature of PFPWR50 concept has been that the excess reactivity is suppressed during a cycle by initially loading burnable poison (gadolinia) in the fuels. In this study, a new loading pattern is determined by combining 7 types of assemblies in which the gadolinia concentration and the number of the fuel rods with gadolinia are different. This new core gives 6.7 equivalent full power years (EFPY) as the core life of a cycle. And the excess reactivity is suppressed to less than 2.0%Δk/k during the cycle. (author)

  2. Nouveaux revêtements multicouches diamantés nanograins sur cermets WC-Co : étude des phénomènes microstructuraux intervenant aux interfaces lors de l'élaboration

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    Faure, Cyril

    2010-01-01

    The combination of good mechanical properties and low specific mass ensures the increasing use of composite materials to reduce the weight of mechanical structures. However, their machining induces premature and random wear of WC-Co cermet cutting-tools. The origin of this study comes from the necessity to protect cutting-tools surfaces by hard and resistant coatings like NCD diamond. Unfortunately, the cobalt found in these cemented carbides catalyses graphite formation at the interface with...

  3. Multiwalled carbon nanotube coated polyester fabric as textile based flexible counter electrode for dye sensitized solar cell.

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    Arbab, Alvira Ayoub; Sun, Kyung Chul; Sahito, Iftikhar Ali; Qadir, Muhammad Bilal; Jeong, Sung Hoon

    2015-05-21

    Textile wearable electronics offers the combined advantages of both electronics and textile characteristics. The essential properties of these flexible electronics such as lightweight, stretchable, and wearable power sources are in strong demand. Here, we have developed a facile route to fabricate multi walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) coated polyester fabric as a flexible counter electrode (CE) for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). A variety of MWCNT and enzymes with different structures were used to generate individual enzyme-dispersed MWCNT (E-MWCNT) suspensions by non-covalent functionalization. A highly concentrated colloidal suspension of E-MWCNT was deposited on polyester fabric via a simple tape casting method using an air drying technique. In view of the E-MWCNT coating, the surface structure is represented by topologically randomly assembled tubular graphene units. This surface morphology has a high density of colloidal edge states and oxygen-containing surface groups which execute multiple catalytic sites for iodide reduction. A highly conductive E-MWCNT coated fabric electrode with a surface resistance of 15 Ω sq(-1) demonstrated 5.69% power conversion efficiency (PCE) when used as a flexible CE for DSSCs. High photo voltaic performance of our suggested system of E-MWCNT fabric-based DSSCs is associated with high sheet conductivity, low charge transfer resistance (RCT), and excellent electro catalytic activity (ECA). Such a conductive fabric demonstrated stable conductivity against bending cycles and strong mechanical adhesion of E-MWCNT on polyester fabric. Moreover, the polyester fabric is hydrophobic and, therefore, has good sealing capacity and retains the polymer gel electrolyte without seepage. This facile E-MWCNT fabric CE configuration provides a concrete fundamental background towards the development of textile-integrated solar cells. PMID:25912056

  4. Eco-friendly spray coating of organic solar cells through water-based nanoparticles ink (Presentation Recording)

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    Stryckers, Jeroen; D'Olieslaeger, Lien; Manca, Jean; Ethirajan, Anitha; Deferme, Wim

    2015-09-01

    Ultrasonic spray coating is currently proven to be a reliable, flexible and cost efficient fabrication method for printed electronics [1-2]. Ultrasonic nozzles are by design especially well-suited to deposit nano-suspension dispersions. Due to the ultrasonic vibration of the nozzle, droplets having a median diameter of 20 μm are created in a homogeneous droplet cloud and directed towards the substrate. When one prepares an ink having the right wetting properties, thin and homogeneous layers, fully covering the surface, can be achieved. Together with conjugated polymer nanoparticles (NPs), emerging as a new class of nanomaterials, [3] it opens possibilities towards eco-friendly roll-to-roll processing of state-of-the-art organic bulk heterojunction solar cells. A ultrasonic spray coater was used to print the conjugated polymer NP layers under different conditions. A first optimization of the spray coater settings (flow rate, spray speed and temperature) and the ink formulation (water and co-solvent mixture and NP content) was performed for polystyrene particles dissolved in a water-ethanol mixture. As a next step, the low bandgap donor polymer poly[9-(1-octylnonyl)-9H-carbazole-2,7-diyl]-2,5-thiophenediyl-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole-4,7-diyl-2,5-thiophene-diyl] (PCDTBT) [4] and the fullerene acceptor phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM[70]) were combined in a water-based blend NP dispersion which was prepared using the mini-emulsion technique. [5,6] Optical Microscopy, profilometry and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) are performed to study the roughness, surface structure, thickness and coverage of the spray coated layers. Finally the printed NP layers are integrated in organic bulk heterojunction solar cells and compared to spin coated reference devices.

  5. In situ monitoring of structure formation in the active layer of polymer solar cells during roll-to-roll coating

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    Rossander, Lea Hildebrandt; Zawacka, Natalia Klaudia; Dam, Henrik Friis; Krebs, Frederik C; Andreasen, Jens Wenzel

    2014-01-01

    The active layer crystallization during roll-to-roll coating of organic solar cells is studied in situ. We developed an X-ray setup where the coater unit is an integrated part of the small angle X-ray scattering instrument, making it possible to control the coating process while recording...... scattering measurements in situ, enabling us to follow the crystal formation during drying. By varying the distance between the coating head and the point where the X-ray beam hits the film, we obtained measurements of 4 different stages of drying. For each of those stages, the scattering from as long a foil...

  6. Reel-to-reel wet coating as an efficient up-scaling technique for the production of bulk-heterojunction polymer solar cells

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    Blankenburg, Lars; Schultheis, Karin; Schache, Hannes; Sensfuss, Steffi; Schroedner, Mario [Thueringisches Institut fuer Textil- und Kunststoff-Forschung e.V., An-Institut der Technischen Universitaet Ilmenau, Breitscheidstrasse 97, D-07407 Rudolstadt (Germany)

    2009-04-15

    In this paper we report for the first time very promising results in up-scaling coating processes for thin flexible polymer solar cell (PSC) application. Two functional layers for PSC devices, the conducting poly- (3,4-ethylene-dioxythiophene):polystyrenesulfonate and the photoactive one (poly-3-hexylthiophene/[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester), could be successfully prepared by continuous reel-to-reel (R2R) wet coating of low-viscosity solutions and dispersions on ITO-coated PET substrates. A laboratory coating machine (LBA-200) was used for R2R slot die coating (1-4 m/min). Out of this R2R-produced bilayer-system PSCs were accomplished and tested. Light power conversion efficiencies up to 1.7% under AM 1.5 illumination (100 mW/cm{sup 2}) could be obtained. (author)

  7. Use of cermet thin film resistors with nitride passivated metal insulator field effect transistor

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    Brown, G. A.; Harrap, V.

    1971-01-01

    Film deposition of cermet resistors on same chip with metal nitride oxide silicon field effect transistors permits protection of contamination sensitive active devices from contaminants produced in cermet deposition and definition processes. Additional advantages include lower cost, greater reliability, and space savings.

  8. SiO{sub 2} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/SiO{sub 2} coatings for increasing emissivity of Cu(In, Ga)Se{sub 2} thin-film solar cells for space applications

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    Shimazaki, Kazunori [Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Institute of Aerospace Technology, 2-1-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8505 (Japan)], E-mail: shimazaki.kazunori@jaxa.jp; Imaizumi, Mitsuru [Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Institute of Aerospace Technology, 2-1-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8505 (Japan)], E-mail: imaizumi.mitsuru@jaxa.jp; Kibe, Koichi [Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Institute of Aerospace Technology, 2-1-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8505 (Japan)], E-mail: kibe.koichi@jaxa.jp

    2008-02-29

    In this study, optical coatings were investigated as substitutes for the coverglass on flexible thin-film space solar cells. The inherent low emissivity of copper-indium-gallium-diselenide (CIGS) thin-film solar cells was increased using optical coatings for thermal balance in space. Evaporated silicon dioxide (SiO{sub 2}) and an additional aluminum oxide (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) coating on the CIGS solar cell increased the emissivity from 0.18 to 0.77. Higher emissivity was realized with the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/SiO{sub 2} double-layer coating than with the SiO{sub 2} single-layer coating. The straightforward double-layer coating gives the CIGS solar cells appropriate radiative properties for keeping the cell within a permissible temperature range in space.

  9. Photocatalytic degradation of formaldehyde by diffuser of solar light pipe coated with nanometer titanium dioxide thin films

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    2010-01-01

    The even and transparent nanometer TiO2 thin films named DegussaP25 as photocatalysis deposited on the surface of diffusers of solar light pipe were prepared by sol-gel processing.The rugged side of the diffusers of solar light pipe was coated evenly with DegussaP25 solution for the quality of 1.75 g.The experiments had showed that when the coated side was away from the sun the lighting degree may be reduced compared with that facing the sun.The average reduction was only 3.03%,which would not have a significant impact on lighting.Diffusers are important parts of a light pipe which can diffuse light evenly to the place needed to be illuminated.The experiments showed that in a sunny summer day under the direct sunlight,the solar light pipe combined with photocatalysis could reduce the formaldehyde volume fraction in a box of 0.1 m3 from 1.0×10-6 to 0.16×10-6.After 1 h of photodegradation the formaldehyde volume changed from 1.0×10-6 down to 0.1×10-6 with faster and more complete degradation of formaldehyde.The rate of degradation under cloudy and partly cloudy conditions was slower than that under sunny conditions.It was slower in winter than in summer under sunny conditions.The experimental results also showed that the performance of photocatalysis combined with diffusers of light pipe had better effect in a small space.The performance in large space,such as open space,will be the next work in the future,which will be a great challenge.

  10. Cermet Transport, Storage, and Disposal Packages Using Depleted Uranium Dioxide and Steel

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    It is proposed that the steel components of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) storage casks, transport casks, and repository waste packages (WPs) be replaced with a depleted uranium dioxide (DUO2)-steel cermet consisting of DUO2 particulates embedded in a continuous-steel phase. Typical cermets use a sandwich-type construction with clean uncontaminated steel layers on both sides of the cermet. Cermets have several potential advantages over other materials of construction: (1) better gamma and neutron shielding than steel; (2) ability to withstand extreme conditions (fire, accident, sabotage); (3) potential to improve repository performance when used in WPs; and (4) use of excess DUO2 and recycled steel from nuclear facilities, thereby avoiding disposal costs for these materials. New methods of manufacture and other factors may provide economic incentives for cermet packages when large numbers of casks are manufactured

  11. The development of nano-modified Ti(C,N) cermets.

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    Rong, Chunlan; Chen, Wenling; Zhang, Xiaobo; Liu, Ning

    2007-01-01

    The unique combination of mechanical properties such as excellent wear resistance and good chemical stability at elevated temperature helps titanium carbonitride based (Ti (C, N)-based) cermets to play an important roles in metal cutting operations. Nowadays, cermets cutting tools are widely used for semi-finishing and finishing works on steel and cast iron. However, their brittleness is still an unavoidable limitation for their utilization. With the development of nano-technology, nano-modified cermets have received more attention due to the high toughening enhancements. In this review, the development of nano-modified Ti(C,N) cermets is discussed including the fabrication, microstructure, mechanical properties, cutting performance and the practical applications in different fields. Many patents having important effect on the development of cermets were noticed, too. PMID:19076029

  12. Efficiency enhancement of perovskite solar cells by fabricating as-prepared film before sequential spin-coating procedure

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    Jiang, Jiajia; Tao, Hai jun; Chen, Shanlong; Tan, Bin; Zhou, Ning; Zhu, Lumin; Zhao, Yuan; Wang, Yuqiao; Tao, Jie

    2016-05-01

    Sequential spin-coating procedure is a widely adopted strategy to prepare CH3NH3PbI3 on mesostructured TiO2 electrode for organolead halide perovskite-based solar cells. However, this method suffers from the rough surface and excessively residual PbI2 in the resulting perovskite film, deteriorating the device performance seriously. Herein, a facial modified sequential solution deposition method, by introducing an as-prepared CH3NH3PbI3 and PbI2 film before the traditional two-step process, was proposed to fabricate the perovskite-based solar cell with smooth morphology and trace amount of remaining PbI2. The optimal as-prepared film introduced improves the efficiency of CH3NH3PbI3 solar cells from 9.11% to 11.16%. The enhancement of device performance can be attributed to the increased light absorption ability and decreased recombination rate of carriers in CH3NH3PbI3 absorber.

  13. Correlation between structure and optical properties in low emissivity coatings for solar thermal collectors

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    Yuste, M. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Fundacion Rafael Escola, E-28001 Madrid (Spain); Galindo, R. Escobar [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Centro de Micro-Analisis de Materiales, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Sanchez, O., E-mail: olgas@icmm.csic.e [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Cano, D. [Fundacion Rafael Escola, E-28001 Madrid (Spain); Casasola, R. [Isofoton, E-29590, Malaga (Spain); Albella, J.M. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, E-28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2010-08-02

    We have investigated the relation between the structure and morphology of TiN coatings with their optical properties. Samples were deposited by magnetron sputtering and, by changing the deposition parameters, different textures and chemical compositions can be obtained as measured by X-ray diffraction and glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy respectively. The transmittance in the visible range, measured by spectroscopic ellipsometry, and the emittance, derived from reflectance in the far infrared range as measured by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy have been related to the nitrogen atomic content and the preferred crystalline orientations present in the TiN coatings. The visible transmittance of the coatings was found not to be dependent on the preferential orientation, while the emittance clearly improves with increasing the film thickness and the presence of both (111) and (200) crystal orientations.

  14. Composition profiling of solar coating materials. Final report, April 16, 1976-April 15, 1979

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    Wehner, G.K.

    1979-09-01

    Auger electron composition vs. depth and optical analysis revealed that a very inexpensive-to-produce (15 min. 900/sup 0/C heat treatment in air) Cr/sub 2/O/sub 3/ layer on stainless steels provides an excellent diffusion barrier for preventing stainless steel constituents from entering into an IR reflective Mo coating. It was shown that with sputter deposition of Mo at high rate in a clean noble gas plasma, one can obtain Mo coatings of excellent IR reflectance (> 96% between 2.5 and 25 ..mu..m wavelength). The optical properties (..cap alpha.. and epsilon) of various other absorber surfaces such as stacked razor blades, cone or whisker-covered metal surfaces, plasma-sprayed chromic oxide coatings etc. were measured and explored. (MOW)

  15. Damage mechanisms in thin film solar cells during sputtering deposition of transparent conductive coatings

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    Amorphous silicon (a-Si) based thin film solar cell grown on flexible stainless steel substrate is one of the most promising energy conversion devices in the future. This type of solar cell uses a transparent conductive oxide (TCO) film as top electrode. It has been a widely accepted opinion that the radio frequency sputtering deposition of the TCO film produces a higher yield than direct current sputtering, and the reason is not clear. Here we show that the damage to the solar cell during the sputtering process is caused by a reverse bias applied to the n-i-p junction. This reverse bias is related to the characteristics of plasma discharge. The mechanism we reveal may significantly affect the solar cell process

  16. Effect of hot isostatic pressing nitrogen on the microstructure and properties of a Ti(C, N)-based cermet

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    YAN Xianmei; XIONG Weihao; YANG Yong; ZHENG Liyun

    2006-01-01

    The high-temperature, high-pressure hot isostatic pressing technology was used for depositing hard coatings on Ti(C, N)-based cermets. The microstructure and properties of the sample were investigated using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, electron probe microanalysis, and microhardness tester. The results showed that the rich titanium and nitrogen in surface zone were induced by the heat treatment. The high nitrogen activity of the surface region was the driving force for outward transport of titanium and inward transport of tungsten in the cobalt binder. The toughness and hardness were improved and a hardness gradient was formed. It is the high-temperature, high-pressure N2that enables closure of holes, thereby alleviating defects and prolonging tool life.

  17. Space Plasma Testing of High-Voltage Thin-Film Solar Arrays with Protective Coatings

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    Tlomak, Pawel; Hausgen, Paul E.; Merrill, John; Senft, Donna; Piszczor, Michael F., Jr.

    2007-01-01

    This paper gives an overview of the space plasma test program for thin-film photovoltaics (TFPV) technologies developed at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The main objective of this program is to simulate the effects of space plasma characteristic of LEO and MEO environments on TFPV. Two types of TFPV, amorphous silicon (a-Si) and copper-indium-gallium-diselenide (CIGS), coated with two types of thin-film, multifunctional coatings were used for these studies. This paper reports the results of the first phase of this program, namely the results of preliminary electrostatic charging, arcing, dielectric breakdown, and collection current measurements carried out with a series of TFPV exposed to simulated space plasma at the NASA Glenn Plasma Interaction Facility. The experimental data demonstrate that multifunctional coatings developed for this program provide effective protection against the plasma environment while minimizing impact on power generation performance. This effort is part of an ongoing program led by the Space Vehicles Directorate at the AFRL devoted to the development and space qualification of TFPV and their protective coatings.

  18. Carbon nanotubes film preparation on 3D structured silicon substrates by spray coating technique for application in solar cells

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    This paper firstly reports the preparation of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) film on silicon substrate of three-dimensional (3D) inverted pyramid structure (IPS) by spray coating. The effect of different substrate temperatures, spraying times and opening sizes on CNTs sidewall covering properties were investigated. The results show that the CNTs covering ratio of sidewall is much lower than that of flat surface and gradually decrease with depth. 40μm×40μm opening obtained the best sidewall covering by CNTs suspension of 40μg/ml at 120°C after 30min spraying so that the CNTs can reach the bottom of IPS and cover about 68.9% sidewall area. At last, it is demonstrated that the output power of the CNTs film-Si solar cell can be enhanced 5.7 times by this method compared to that of the plane structure

  19. Improving efficiency of silicon solar cells using europium-doped silicate-phosphor layer by spin-on film coating

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    Ho, Wen-Jeng; Yang, Guo-Chang; Shen, Yu-Tang; Deng, Yu-Jie

    2016-03-01

    This paper reports impressive enhancements in the efficiency of crystalline silicon solar cells through the application of a Eu-doped silicate phosphor luminescent downshifting (LDS) layer controlled by spin-on film technique. Surface morphology was examined using scanning electron microscope (SEM), chemical composition was analyzed using energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and fluorescence emission was characterized using photoluminescence (PL) measurements at room temperature. The optical reflectance, absorbance, and external quantum efficiency (EQE) response of SiO2-coated cells with and without Eu-doped silicate phosphor were measured and compared. An 18.77% improvement in efficiency was achieved, as determined by photovoltaic current-voltage measurement under one-sun AM 1.5 G illuminations.

  20. Efficient Natural Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Based on Spin-Coated TiO2 Anode Materials

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    Yu, Xiao-Hong; Sun, Zhao-Zong; Lian, Jie; Li, Yi-Tan; Chen, Yan-Xue; Gao, Shang; Wang, Xiao; Wang, Ying-Shun; Zhao, Ming-Lin

    2013-11-01

    TiO2 anode materials are prepared on ITO glass by spin-coated method. Dye-sensitized solar cells are assembled with these anodes and natural dyes extracted from radix ophiopogonis by different solvents. The formation and characterization of anode materials are confirmed by field-emission scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, UV-visible absorption spectroscopy. Photovoltaic testing results show that energy conversion efficiency could reach 1.67% with fill factor of 0.51, open-circuit voltage of 457 mV, and short-circuit photocurrent density of 7.2 mA/cm2. The short-circuit photocurrent density can reach 7.6 mA/cm2 with efficiency of 1.33.

  1. Development of technique for AR coating and nickel and copper metallization of solar cells. FPS Project: Product development

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    Taylor, W.

    1982-01-01

    Printed nickel overplated with copper and applied on top of a predeposited silicon nitride antireflective coating system for metallizing solar cells was analyzed. The ESL D and E paste formulations, and the new formulations F, G, H, and D-1 were evaluated. The nickel thick films were tested after firing for stability in the cleaning and plating solutions used in the Vanguard-Pacific brush plating process. It was found that the films are very sensitive to the leaning and alkaline copper solutions. Less sensitivity was displayed to the neutral copper solution. Microscopic and SEM observations show segregation of frit at the silicon nitride thick film interface with loose frit residues after lifting off plated grid lines.

  2. Cermet fuel behaviour and properties in ADS reactors

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    Within the EUROTRANS Integrated Project co- financed within the 6th Framework Programme of the European commission, the sub-critical Accelerator Driven System (ADS) is now being considered as a potential means to burn long-lived transuranium nuclides. Within the EUROTRANS Programme, the domain AFTRA is responsible to develop and provide the data basis for the fuels to be used in the European Facility for Industrial Transmutation (EFIT). The preferred fuel for such a fast neutron reactor is uranium-free, highly enriched with plutonium and minor actinides. Requirements for ADS transmuter fuels are strongly linked with the core design and safety parameters, the fuel properties and the ease of fabrication and reprocessing. This study concerns the behaviour and properties of fuels with molybdenum as inert matrix. The status of the development work was presented at the last ICENES conference [1]. Since then, the design of the European Facility for Industrial Transmutation (EFIT) was developed and the transmutation capability, the burn-up behaviour, the reactivity swing and power peaking factors, and the safety performance were determined for different cores with inert matrix fuels like MgO and Mo. For the EFIT, the CERMET with the Mo matrix is recommended as the reference fuel and CERCER with the MgO matrix as a back-up solution. The thermal diffusivity and specific heat of the CERMET fuels (loaded with Pu and Am) were measured, and the thermal conductivity was deduced. The thermal conductivity of the CERMET fuels was also predicted using a model proposed in [1], with a microstructure corresponding to a random distribution of spheres, with overlapping. This model microstructure takes into account the negative effects arising from the possible formation of small agglomerates of inclusions in the CERMET fuels. The agreement between the theoretical and calculated values is relatively good (the error is between 0 and 15% of the value of the thermal conductivity

  3. Magnetic Properties of the WC-Co Cermet Powders

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    Serban, V. A.; Malaescu, I.; Ercuta, A.; Marin, C. N.; Stefu, N.; Opris, C.; Codrean, C.; Utu, D.

    2010-08-01

    The magnetic behavior, both quasistatic (50 Hz) and dynamic (10 kHz-1 MHz) of a set of three powder samples from the WC-Co cermet system were investigated in the as-cast state. The results have shown magnetic hysteresis in the low frequency AC fields. In high frequency fields, the complex magnetic permeability was examined; a weak maximum of the imaginary component that was detected in the frequency range close to 100 kHz was attributed to structure-dependent magnetic relaxation.

  4. Photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells with various MWCNT counter electrode structures produced by different coating methods

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    Highlights: ► Catalyst on tube surface was removed and the tube caps were opened by purification. ► Highest peak of UV-light absorption was achieved in the purified and ground MWCNTs solution. ► The particles uniformly distributed on glass substrate by spin coating method. ► Highest photoelectric efficiency of DSSCs with MWCNTs counter electrode was achieved 4.94%. - Abstract: We report the successful application of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) as electrocatalysts for triiodide reduction in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). To improve the photovoltaic performance of DSSCs, upgrade the quality of MWCNT structure and obtain an optimum deposition approach regarding a counter electrode, the present study was investigated. Three different MWCNT structures, raw, purified and purified and ground, were investigated as platinum (Pt) alternatives for counter electrodes in DSSCs. The counter electrodes were prepared on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrates by two different techniques: spin coating from fluid-type MWCNTs and screen printing from paste-type MWCNTs. By utilizing a spin-coating technique, a DSSC that was fabricated with a purified and ground MWCNT counter electrode achieved an overall photovoltaic efficiency of 4.94%. This photovoltaic performance is comparable to that of a DSSC using a conventional “Pt” counter electrode fabricated under the same conditions. We found that the grinding method is powerful for increasing specific surface area and porosity. With this technique, macropores can be transformed into mesopores, thereby reducing the agglomeration of the MWCNTs, and with an additional modification, an increased DSSC photovoltaic efficiency results.

  5. Characterization of TiC-FeCrMn Cermets Produced by Powder Metallurgy Method

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    Märt Kolnes

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available TiC-NiMo cermets combine relatively low density with high hardness. Because nickel is known as a toxin and allergen and allergy to nickel is a phenomenon which has assumed growing importance in recent years there has been a flurry of activity to find alternatives to the nickel binder in cermets. It is also the global research and technical development trend in the powder metallurgy cermets industry. In present research TiC-based cermets with FeCrMn binder system were fabricated. Three different sintering conditions were used (vacuum sintering, sinter/HIP and sintering under low Ar pressure. Because of high vapor pressure of manganese different sintering conditions and technologies were investigated to depress the Mn-loss during sintering. Chemical composition of TiC-FeCrMn cermets after different sintering conditions were analyzed by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS and mechanical properties – hardness and fracture toughness were evaluated on the samples. Results of research showed that Ni-free TiC-based CrMn-steels bonded cermets compare unfavorably with cermets bonded with CrNi austenitic steels in terms of fracture toughness and corrosion resistance. Noticeable Mn-loss during vacuum sintering can be avoided when sintering under low Ar gas pressure.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.21.3.7364

  6. Biocompatibility assessment of spark plasma-sintered alumina-titanium cermets.

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    Guzman, Rodrigo; Fernandez-García, Elisa; Gutierrez-Gonzalez, Carlos F; Fernandez, Adolfo; Lopez-Lacomba, Jose Luis; Lopez-Esteban, Sonia

    2016-01-01

    Alumina-titanium materials (cermets) of enhanced mechanical properties have been lately developed. In this work, physical properties such as electrical conductivity and the crystalline phases in the bulk material are evaluated. As these new cermets manufactured by spark plasma sintering may have potential application for hard tissue replacements, their biocompatibility needs to be evaluated. Thus, this research aims to study the cytocompatibility of a novel alumina-titanium (25 vol. % Ti) cermet compared to its pure counterpart, the spark plasma sintered alumina. The influence of the particular surface properties (chemical composition, roughness and wettability) on the pre-osteoblastic cell response is also analyzed. The material electrical resistance revealed that this cermet may be machined to any shape by electroerosion. The investigated specimens had a slightly undulated topography, with a roughness pattern that had similar morphology in all orientations (isotropic roughness) and a sub-micrometric average roughness. Differences in skewness that implied valley-like structures in the cermet and predominance of peaks in alumina were found. The cermet presented a higher surface hydrophilicity than alumina. Any cytotoxicity risk associated with the new materials or with the innovative manufacturing methodology was rejected. Proliferation and early-differentiation stages of osteoblasts were statistically improved on the composite. Thus, our results suggest that this new multifunctional cermet could improve current alumina-based biomedical devices for applications such as hip joint replacements. PMID:25956565

  7. The promise and challenges of cermet fueled nuclear thermal propulsion reactors

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    The use of cermet fuels in nuclear thermal propulsion systems was examined and the characteristics of systems using these fuel forms is discussed in terms of current mission and safety requirements. For use at high temperatures cermet fueled reactors utilize ceramic fuels with refractory metals as the matrix material. Cermet fueled reactors tend to be heavy when compared to concepts that utilize graphite as the fuel matrix because of the high density of the refractory metal matrix which makes up 20-40 percent of the total volume. On the positive side the metal matrix is strong and more resistant to loads from either the launch or flow induced vibration. The compatibility of the tungsten cermet with hydrogen is excellent and lifetimes of several hours is certainly achievable. Probably the biggest drawback to cermet nuclear thermal propulsion concepts is that the amount of actual data to support the theoretical conclusions is small. In fact there is no data under representative conditions of temperature, propellant and flux for the required fuel burnup. Although cermet systems appear to be attractive, the lack of fuel data at representative conditions does not allow reliable comparisons of cermet systems to systems where fuel data is available. 10 refs

  8. Simultaneous multilayer formation of the polymer solar cell stack using roll-to-roll double slot-die coating from water

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    Larsen-Olsen, Thue Trofod; Andreasen, Birgitta; Andersen, Thomas Rieks; Böttiger, Arvid P.L.; Bundgaard, Eva; Norrman, Kion; Andreasen, Jens Wenzel; Jørgensen, Mikkel; Krebs, Frederik C

    2012-01-01

    Double slot-die coating using aqueous inks was employed for the simultaneous coating of the active layer and the hole transport layer (HTL) in fully roll-to-roll (R2R) processed polymer solar cells. The double layer film was coated directly onto an electron transport layer (ETL) comprising doped...... zinc oxide that was processed by single slot-die coating from water. The active layer comprised poly-3-hexylthiophene:Phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT:PCBM) as a dispersion of nanoparticles with a radius of 46 nm in water characterized using small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), transmission...... electron microscopy (TEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The HTL was a dispersion of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) in water. The films were analyzed using time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) as chemical probe and X-ray reflectometry as...

  9. Black chrome on commercially electroplated tin as a solar selecting coating

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    Mcdonald, G. E.

    1977-01-01

    The reflectance properties of black chrome electroplated on commercially electroplated tin were measured for various black chrome plating times for both the solar and infrared spectrum. The values of absorptance and emittance were calculated from the measured reflectance values. The results indicate that the optimum combination of the highest absorptance in the solar region and the lowest emittance in the infrared of the black chrome plated on commercially electroplated tin is obtained for a black chrome plating time of between one and two minutes.

  10. Sol gel TiO2 antireflection coatings for silicon solar cells

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    L.A. Dobrzański; M. Szindler

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: The aim of this paper was to investigate changes in surface morphology and optical reflection of thin films of titanium dioxide. Thin films were prepared using sol gel spin coating method.Design/methodology/approach: The microanalysis have been investigated by the Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy EDS. The changes in surface topography was observed by the atomic force microscope AFM and scanning electron microscope SEM. The results of roughness have been prepared in the software X...

  11. Realization of Colored Multicrystalline Silicon Solar Cells with SiO2/SiNx:H Double Layer Antireflection Coatings

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    Minghua Li

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We presented a method to use SiO2/SiNx:H double layer antireflection coatings (DARC on acid textures to fabricate colored multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si solar cells. Firstly, we modeled the perceived colors and short-circuit current density (Jsc as a function of SiNx:H thickness for single layer SiNx:H, and as a function of SiO2 thickness for the case of SiO2/SiNx:H (DARC with fixed SiNx:H (refractive index n=2.1 at 633 nm, and thickness = 80 nm. The simulation results show that it is possible to achieve various colors by adjusting the thickness of SiO2 to avoid significant optical losses. Therefore, we carried out the experiments by using electron beam (e-beam evaporation to deposit a layer of SiO2 over the standard SiNx:H for 156×156 mm2 mc-Si solar cells which were fabricated by a conventional process. Semisphere reflectivity over 300 nm to 1100 nm and I-V measurements were performed for grey yellow, purple, deep blue, and green cells. The efficiency of colored SiO2/SiNx:H DARC cells is comparable to that of standard SiNx:H light blue cells, which shows the potential of colored cells in industrial applications.

  12. Solar Photocatalytic Removal of Chemical and Bacterial Pollutants from Water Using Pt/TiO2-Coated Ceramic Tiles

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    S. P. Devipriya

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Semiconductor photocatalysis has become an increasingly promising technology in environmental wastewater treatment. The present work reports a simple technique for the preparation of platinum-deposited TiO2 catalysts and its immobilization on ordinary ceramic tiles. The Pt/TiO2 is characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDAX, and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS. Deposition of Pt on TiO2 extends the optical absorption of the latter to the visible region which makes it attractive for solar energy application. Optimum loading of Pt on TiO2 was found to be 0.5%. The Pt/TiO2 is coated on ceramic tiles and immobilized. This catalyst was found effective for the solar photocatalytic removal of chemical and bacterial pollutants from water. Once the parameters are optimized, the Pt/TiO2/tile can find application in swimming pools, hospitals, water theme parks, and even industries for the decontamination of water.

  13. Stable Solar-Driven Water Oxidation to O2(g) by Ni-Oxide-Coated Silicon Photoanodes.

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    Sun, Ke; McDowell, Matthew T; Nielander, Adam C; Hu, Shu; Shaner, Matthew R; Yang, Fan; Brunschwig, Bruce S; Lewis, Nathan S

    2015-02-19

    Semiconductors with small band gaps (corrosion or passivation in aqueous electrolytes before such materials can be used as photoelectrodes to directly produce fuels from sunlight. In addition, incorporation of electrocatalysts on the surface of photoelectrodes is required for efficient oxidation of H2O to O2(g) and reduction of H2O or H2O and CO2 to fuels. We report herein the stabilization of np(+)-Si(100) and n-Si(111) photoanodes for over 1200 h of continuous light-driven evolution of O2(g) in 1.0 M KOH(aq) by an earth-abundant, optically transparent, electrocatalytic, stable, conducting nickel oxide layer. Under simulated solar illumination and with optimized index-matching for proper antireflection, NiOx-coated np(+)-Si(100) photoanodes produced photocurrent-onset potentials of -180 ± 20 mV referenced to the equilibrium potential for evolution of O2(g), photocurrent densities of 29 ± 1.8 mA cm(-2) at the equilibrium potential for evolution of O2(g), and a solar-to-O2(g) conversion figure-of-merit of 2.1%. PMID:26262472

  14. Enhancement of ZnO nanorod arrays-based inverted type hybrid organic solar cell using spin-coated Eosin-Y

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    This paper reports the effect of Eosin-Y coating concentration on the performance of inverted type hybrid organic solar cell based on ZnO nanorod arrays and poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT). The Eosin-Y solution with concentrations of 0.05, 0.2, 2.0 and 5.0 mM was spin-coated onto the ZnO nanorod arrays grown on the fluorine-doped tin oxide glass substrate. The P3HT film was then spin-coated onto Eosin-Y-coated ZnO nanorod arrays, followed by deposition of silver (Ag) as anode using magnetron sputtering technique. The short circuit current density increased with the Eosin-Y coating concentration up to 0.2 mM, after which it started to decrease, mainly due to the aggregation of Eosin-Y which reduced the charge extraction from P3HT to ZnO. Meanwhile, the open circuit voltage increased with the Eosin-Y coating concentration, indicating reduced back charge recombination of electron on the ZnO and hole on the P3HT, as well as reduced leakage current through the direct contact between the ZnO nanorods and the Ag metal contact. The power conversion efficiency of the device with the optimum coating concentration was approximately eight times higher than that without Eosin-Y modification. (paper)

  15. Characteristics and fabrication of cermet spent nuclear fuel casks: ceramic particles embedded in steel

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    Cermets are being investigated as an advanced material of construction for casks that can be used for storage, transport, or disposal of spent nuclear fuel (SNF). Cermets, which consist of ceramic particles embedded in steel, are a method to incorporate brittle ceramics with highly desirable properties into a strong ductile metal matrix with a high thermal conductivity, thus combining the best properties of both materials. Traditional applications of cermets include tank armor, vault armor, drill bits, and nuclear test-reactor fuel. Cermets with different ceramics (DUO2, Al2O3, Gd2O3, etc.) are being investigated for the manufacture of SNF casks. Cermet casks offer four potential benefits: greater capacity (more SNF assemblies) for the same gross weight cask, greater capacity (more SNF assemblies) for the same external dimensions, improved resistance to assault, and superior repository performance. These benefits are achieved by varying the composition, volume fraction, and particulate size of the ceramic particles in the cermet with position in the cask body. Addition of depleted uranium dioxide (DUO2) to the cermet increases shielding density, improves shielding effectiveness, and increases cask capacity for a given cask weight or size. Addition of low-density aluminium oxide (Al2O3) to the outer top and bottom sections of the cermet cask, where the radiation levels are lower, can lower cask weight without compromising shielding. The use of Al2O3 and other oxides, in appropriate locations, can increase resistance to assault. Repository performance may be improved by compositional control of the cask body to (1) create a local geochemical environment that slows the long-term degradation of the SNF and (2) enables the use of DUO2 for longterm criticality control. While the benefits of using cermets follow directly from their known properties, the primary challenge is to develop low-cost methods to fabricate casks with variable cermet compositions as a function of

  16. Elastic properties of ceramic composite materials (cermet type) on the basis of refractory oxides

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    One investigated into elastic properties of Al2O3 and ZrO2 base cermets reinforced by 12Kh18N9T steel metal frame characterized by increased mechanical strength, by a simple making procedures and by essential service reliability. Dependence of elastic modules of the given cermets on porosity within rather wide range of its values is satisfactorily described by the presented formulae. Modules of cermet elasticity are shown to increase at growth of Al2O3 concentration up to the maximum permissible values

  17. Characteristics and fabrication of cermet spent nuclear fuel casks: ceramic particles embedded in steel

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    Forsberg, C.W.; Swaney, P.M.; Tiegs, T.N. [Oak Ridge National Lab., Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2004-07-01

    Cermets are being investigated as an advanced material of construction for casks that can be used for storage, transport, or disposal of spent nuclear fuel (SNF). Cermets, which consist of ceramic particles embedded in steel, are a method to incorporate brittle ceramics with highly desirable properties into a strong ductile metal matrix with a high thermal conductivity, thus combining the best properties of both materials. Traditional applications of cermets include tank armor, vault armor, drill bits, and nuclear test-reactor fuel. Cermets with different ceramics (DUO{sub 2}, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}, etc.) are being investigated for the manufacture of SNF casks. Cermet casks offer four potential benefits: greater capacity (more SNF assemblies) for the same gross weight cask, greater capacity (more SNF assemblies) for the same external dimensions, improved resistance to assault, and superior repository performance. These benefits are achieved by varying the composition, volume fraction, and particulate size of the ceramic particles in the cermet with position in the cask body. Addition of depleted uranium dioxide (DUO{sub 2}) to the cermet increases shielding density, improves shielding effectiveness, and increases cask capacity for a given cask weight or size. Addition of low-density aluminium oxide (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) to the outer top and bottom sections of the cermet cask, where the radiation levels are lower, can lower cask weight without compromising shielding. The use of Al2O3 and other oxides, in appropriate locations, can increase resistance to assault. Repository performance may be improved by compositional control of the cask body to (1) create a local geochemical environment that slows the long-term degradation of the SNF and (2) enables the use of DUO{sub 2} for longterm criticality control. While the benefits of using cermets follow directly from their known properties, the primary challenge is to develop low-cost methods to fabricate

  18. Oxygen potential of a prototypic Mo-cermet fuel containing plutonium oxide

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    Miwa, Shuhei; Osaka, Masahiko; Nozaki, Takahiro; Arima, Tatsumi; Idemitsu, Kazuya

    2015-10-01

    Oxygen potential of a prototypic Mo-cermet fuel containing 50 vol.% PuO2-x were investigated by the thermogravimetric analysis in the temperature range from 1273 K to 1473 K. It was shown that the oxygen potential and oxidation rate of the Mo-cermet were the same as those of pure PuO2-x below the oxygen potential of Mo/MoO2 oxidation reaction. The same features of the Mo-cermet sample containing 50 vol.% PuO2-x with those of pure PuO2-x were discussed in terms of the microstructure.

  19. Testing of cermet fuel pins in the MIR reactor (intermediate results)

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    Fuel elements with cermet fuel are designed and the technology for their manufacturing is developed. The fuel elements of two types are tested in the MIR reactor: 1) the elements with metallurgical provision of a cermet fuel pin-cladding contact (brazing); 2) the elements with a cladding tightly pressed to a cermet pin (rolling). The test results show successful operation of the first type fuel elements with the fuel consisting of uranium dioxide powder, dispersed in a matrix of zirconium base or aluminium base alloy. All fuel elements of the second type appear to be leaking

  20. A Historical Review of Cermet Fuel Development and the Engine Performance Implications

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    Stewart, Mark E.

    2015-01-01

    To better understand Cermet engine performance, examined historical material development reports two issues: High vaporization rate of UO2, High temperature chemical stability of UO2. Cladding and chemical stabilizers each result in large, order of magnitude improvements in high temperature performance. Few samples were tested above 2770 K. Results above 2770 K are ambiguous. Contemporary testing may clarify performance. Cermet sample testing during the NERVA Rover era. Important properties, melting temperature, vaporization rate, strength, Brittle-to-Ductile Transition, cermet sample test results, engine performance, location, peak temperature.

  1. Cermet fuel for fast reactor – Fabrication and characterization

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    (U, Pu)O2 ceramic fuel is the well-established fuel for the fast reactors and (U, Pu, Zr) metallic fuel is the future fuel. Both the fuels have their own merits and demerits. Optimal solution may lie in opting for a fuel which combines the favorable features of both fuel systems. The choice may be the use of cermet fuel which can be either (U, PuO2) or (Enriched U, UO2). In the present study, attempt has been made to fabricate (Natural U, UO2) cermet fuel by powder metallurgy route. Characterization of the fuel has been carried out using dilatometer, differential thermal analyzer, X-ray diffractometer, and Scanning Electron Microscope. The results show a high solidus temperature, high thermal expansion, presence of porosities, etc. in the fuel. The thermal conductivity of the fuel has also been measured. X-ray diffraction study on the fuel compact reveals presence of α U and UO2 phases in the matrix of the fuel

  2. Cermet fuel for fast reactor – Fabrication and characterization

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    Mishra, Sudhir, E-mail: sudhir@barc.gov.in [Radiometallurgy Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Kutty, P.S.; Kutty, T.R.G. [Radiometallurgy Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Das, Shantanu [Uranium Extraction Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Dey, G.K. [Materials Science Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Kumar, Arun [Radiometallurgy Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India)

    2013-11-15

    (U, Pu)O{sub 2} ceramic fuel is the well-established fuel for the fast reactors and (U, Pu, Zr) metallic fuel is the future fuel. Both the fuels have their own merits and demerits. Optimal solution may lie in opting for a fuel which combines the favorable features of both fuel systems. The choice may be the use of cermet fuel which can be either (U, PuO{sub 2}) or (Enriched U, UO{sub 2}). In the present study, attempt has been made to fabricate (Natural U, UO{sub 2}) cermet fuel by powder metallurgy route. Characterization of the fuel has been carried out using dilatometer, differential thermal analyzer, X-ray diffractometer, and Scanning Electron Microscope. The results show a high solidus temperature, high thermal expansion, presence of porosities, etc. in the fuel. The thermal conductivity of the fuel has also been measured. X-ray diffraction study on the fuel compact reveals presence of α U and UO{sub 2} phases in the matrix of the fuel.

  3. Cermet with Slow TiC Coarsening During Sintering

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    Lin, Chun-Ming; Tsai, Che-Wei; Huang, Sheng-Min; Yang, Chih-Chao; Yeh, Jien-Wei

    2014-10-01

    New TiC/Co1.5CrFeNi1.5Ti0.5 cermet was developed by exploiting the advantages of the high-entropy alloy (HEA) binder. A much finer grain structure and thus improved hardness-toughness combination were obtained as compared with two traditional binders, Ni and Ni13Mo7. From the coarsening behavior of TiC grains, the coarsening process of TiC in these three binders is diffusion-controlled. The activation energy of TiC + 20%Co1.5CrFeNi1.5Ti0.5 is the highest and that of TiC + 20%Ni is the lowest. The high activation energy of the Co1.5CrFeNi1.5Ti0.5 binder was attributable to its high content of carbon-strong-binding elements, Cr and Ti, and cooperative diffusion and higher packing density of multiple different-sized atoms. Low diffusion coefficient, low surface energy of TiC grains, and low solubility of Ti in the HEA liquid explain the slow coarsening of TiC grains. This study demonstrates that Co1.5CrFeNi1.5Ti0.5 is an excellent HEA binder for TiC cermets.

  4. Amorphous Silicon Compound Films for Surface Passivation and Antireflection Coating of Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells

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    Petres, Roman

    2010-01-01

    Chapter 1 gives an introductory overview of the current status of photovoltaics, with focus on crystalline silicon (c-Si) based technology. An essential contribution to the reduction of electricity generation costs at the solar module production level is to be expected mainly from reduced silicon consumption by using thinner wafers and/or employing cheaper silicon feedstock. Together with sufficient light trapping, the key factor to being able to exploit the combined cost reduction potential ...

  5. Slot-Die-Coated V2O5 as Hole Transport Layer for Flexible Organic Solar Cells and Optoelectronic Devices

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    Beliatis, Michail; Helgesen, Martin; Garcia Valverde, Rafael;

    2016-01-01

    Vanadium pentoxide has been proposed as a good alternative hole transport layer for improving device lifetime of organic photovoltaics. The article presents a study on the optimization of slot-die-coated vanadium oxide films produced with a roll coating machine with the aim of achieving scalable...... organic solar cells and photo-detectors with improved performance. The effect of different diluents on the electrical properties of the vanadium oxide films is investigated, and methodologies for efficient interfacing of the anode are studied. Furthermore, the lifetime of the cells with incorporated...

  6. Sodium chloride methanol solution spin-coating process for bulk-heterojunction polymer solar cells

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    Liu, Tong-Fang; Hu, Yu-Feng; Deng, Zhen-Bo; Li, Xiong; Zhu, Li-Jie; Wang, Yue; Lv, Long-Feng; Wang, Tie-Ning; Lou, Zhi-Dong; Hou, Yan-Bing; Teng, Feng

    2016-08-01

    The sodium chloride methanol solution process is conducted on the conventional poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT)/[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) polymer bulk heterojunction solar cells. The device exhibits a power conversion efficiency of up to 3.36%, 18% higher than that of the device without the solution process. The measurements of the active layer by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) indicate a slight phase separation in the vertical direction and a sodium chloride distributed island-like interface between the active layer and the cathode. The capacitance–voltage (C–V) and impedance spectroscopy measurements prove that the sodium chloride methanol process can reduce the electron injection barrier and improve the interfacial contact of polymer solar cells. Therefore, this one-step solution process not only optimizes the phase separation in the active layers but also forms a cathode buffer layer, which can enhance the generation, transport, and collection of photogenerated charge carriers in the device simultaneously. This work indicates that the inexpensive and non-toxic sodium chloride methanol solution process is an efficient one-step method for the low cost manufacturing of polymer solar cells. Project supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant No. 2014JBZ009) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61274063, 61377028, 61475014, and 61475017).

  7. Silica-Copper Oxide Composite Thin Films as Solar Selective Coatings Prepared by Dipping Sol Gel

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    R. Olayo-González

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Silica-copper oxide (silica-CuO composite thin films were prepared by a dipping sol-gel route using ethanolic solutions comprised TEOS and a copper-propionate complex. Sols with different TEOS/Cu-propionate (Si/Cu molar ratios were prepared and applied on stainless steel substrates using dipping process. During the annealing process, copper-propionate complexes developed into particulate polycrystalline CuO dispersed in a partially crystallized silica matrix, as indicated by the X-ray diffraction (XRD and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS analyses. The gel thermal analysis revealed that the prepared material might be stable up to 400°C. The silica-CuO/stainless steel system was characterized as a selective absorber surface and its solar selectivity parameters, absorptance (α, and emittance (ε were evaluated from UV-NIR reflectance data. The solar parameters of such a system were mostly affected by the thickness and phase composition of the SiO2-CuO film. Interestingly, the best solar parameters (α = 0.92 and ε = 0.2 were associated to the thinnest films, which comprised a CuO-Cu2O mixture immersed in the silica matrix, as indicated by XPS.

  8. Effects of some parameters on corrosion behaviour of plasma-sprayed coatings

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    The corrosion behaviour of ceramics and cermet coatings on AISI 304L steel substrates was investigated in several aquaeous solutions. Plasma spray process was employed on substrates with the deposition of ceramic and cermet powders such as Al2O3, Al2O3+TiO2 and Cr2C3+NiCr. The porosity of coatings was measured by an electrochemical technique. Potentiodynamic polarization measurements and corrosion tests were employed to determine the corrosion behaviour of plasma-sprayed coatings. The microstructures of powders and coatings were investigated by means of an optical microscope, SEM, and X-ray diffractometry. The obtained results show that the protection against corrosion depends strongly on the porosity, thickness, surface roughness of the coatings, corrosion media and rotating speed of samples. (orig.)

  9. Structural state scale-dependent physical characteristics and endurance of cermet composite for cutting metal

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    Ovcharenko, V. E., E-mail: ovcharenko.ove45@mail.ru [Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science SB RAS, Tomsk, 634055, Russia and Institute of Heavy-Current Electronics SB RAS, Tomsk, 634055 (Russian Federation); Ivanov, Yu. F., E-mail: ivanov.yufi55@mail.ru [Institute of Heavy-Current Electronics SB RAS, Tomsk, 634055, Russia and National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk, 634050 (Russian Federation); Mohovikov, A. A., E-mail: mohovikov.maa28@rambler.ru [Institute of Heavy-Current Electronics SB RAS, Tomsk, 634055 (Russian Federation); Baohai, Yu, E-mail: baohai.bhyu@imr.ac.cn, E-mail: yanhui.yhzhao@imr.ac.cn; Zhao, Yanhui, E-mail: baohai.bhyu@imr.ac.cn, E-mail: yanhui.yhzhao@imr.ac.cn [Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wenhua Road 72, 110016 (China)

    2014-11-14

    A structural-phase state developed on the surface of a TiC/Ni–Cr–Al cermet alloy under superfast heating and cooling produced by pulse electron beam melting has been presented. The effect of the surface’s structural state multimodality on the temperature dependencies of the friction and endurance of the cermet tool in cutting metal has been investigated. The high-energy flux treatment of subsurface layers by electron beam pulses in argon-containing gas discharge plasma serves to improve the endurance of metal cutting tools manifold (by a factor of 6), to reduce the friction via precipitation of secondary 200 nm carbides in binder interlayers. It is possible to improve the cermet tool endurance for cutting metal by a factor of 10–12 by irradiating the cermet in a reactive nitrogen-containing atmosphere with the ensuing precipitation of nanosize 50 nm AlN particles in the binder interlayers.

  10. Properties of U sub 3 O sub 8 -aluminum cermet fuel

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    Peacock, H.B.

    1989-10-01

    Nuclear fuel elements containing U{sub 3}O{sub 8} dispersed in an aluminum matrix have been used in research and test reactors for about 30 years. These elements, sometimes called cermet fuel, are made by powder metallurgical methods (PM) and can accommodate up to approximately 50 wt % uranium in the core section of extruded tubes. Cermet fuel elements have been fabricated and irradiated at the Savannah River Site (SRS). Irradiation behavior is excellent. Extruded tubes with up to 50 wt % uranium have been successfully irradiated to fission densities of about 2 {times} 10{sup 21} fissions per cc of core. Physical, mechanical, and chemical properties of cermet fuels are assembled into a reference document. Results will be used by Argonne National Laboratory to design cermet fuel elements for possible use in the New Production Reactor at SRS. 57 refs., 33 figs., 12 tabs.

  11. Microstructure and Raman spectra of Ag-MgF2 cermet films

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    Shouhua Shi(史守华); Zhuoliang Cao(曹卓良); Zhaoqi Sun(孙兆奇)

    2003-01-01

    Ag-MgF2 cermet films with different Ag fractions were prepared by vacuum evaporation. The microstruc-ture of the films was examined by Raman scattering technique. The surface-enhanced Raman spectrumfor MgF2 molecules in the cermet film strongly suggests the existence of Ag nanoparticles dispersed inMgF2 matrix. The intensities of the Raman spectra of Ag-MgF2 cermet films increase with Ag fraction.The enhancement of Raman scattering disappears when Ag content reaches wt.20%. The analyses withthe transmission electron microscopy showed that Ag-MgF2 cermet films are mainly composed of amor-phous MgF2 matrix with embedded faced-center-cubic Ag nanoparticles. It suggests that the percolationthreshold should be around wt.20% of Ag content.

  12. Structural state scale-dependent physical characteristics and endurance of cermet composite for cutting metal

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    A structural-phase state developed on the surface of a TiC/Ni–Cr–Al cermet alloy under superfast heating and cooling produced by pulse electron beam melting has been presented. The effect of the surface’s structural state multimodality on the temperature dependencies of the friction and endurance of the cermet tool in cutting metal has been investigated. The high-energy flux treatment of subsurface layers by electron beam pulses in argon-containing gas discharge plasma serves to improve the endurance of metal cutting tools manifold (by a factor of 6), to reduce the friction via precipitation of secondary 200 nm carbides in binder interlayers. It is possible to improve the cermet tool endurance for cutting metal by a factor of 10–12 by irradiating the cermet in a reactive nitrogen-containing atmosphere with the ensuing precipitation of nanosize 50 nm AlN particles in the binder interlayers

  13. The Influence of Sintering Temperature of Reactive Sintered (Ti, MoC-Ni Cermets

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    Marek JÕELEHT

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Titanium-molybdenum carbide nickel cermets ((Ti, MoC-Ni were produced using high energy milling and reactive sintering process. Compared to conventional TiC-NiMo cermet sintering the parameters for reactive sintered cermets vary since additional processes are present such as carbide synthesis. Therefore, it is essential to acquire information about the suitable sintering regime for reactive sintered cermets. One of the key parameters is the final sintering temperature when the liquid binder Ni forms the final matrix and vacancies inside the material are removed. The influence of the final sintering temperature is analyzed by scanning electron microscopy. Mechanical properties of the material are characterized by transverse rupture strength, hardness and fracture toughness.

  14. Analytical calculation of transfers across a cermet for solid oxide fuel cells and electrolyzers

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    Dumortier, Mikaël; Sanchez, José; Keddam, Michel; Lacroix, Olivier

    2014-02-01

    This work focuses on the calculation of transfers inside a cermet for solid oxide membrane fuel cells and electrolyzers. A differential system of equations presented in a previous work is linearized for low inlet current densities using assumptions that can be checked quantitatively. By integrating the linearized equations, we obtain explicit functions that allow direct calculation of the physical quantities describing the transfers of the process inside the cermet. The functions show good agreement with the values obtained with the non-linearized system. In addition, the model does not require any numerical simulation to be solved and can be implemented in common spread sheets fairly accurately. A remarkable dimensionless number, named A, appears in the demonstration and is used for the calculation of the reaction layer thickness of the cermet, where 99.9% of the charge transfer occurs. This thickness does not depend on inlet current density or on the thickness of the cermet.

  15. Numerical Simulation of Brazing TiC Cermet to Iron with TiZrNiCu Filler Metal

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    Lixia ZHANG; Jicai FENG

    2004-01-01

    The maximum thermal stress and stress concentration zones of iron/TiC cermet joint during cooling were studied in this paper. The results showed that the shear stress on iron/TiC cermet joint concentrates on the interface tip and the maximum shear stress appears on the left tip of iron/TiZrNiCu interlace. Positive tensile stress on TiC cermet undersurface concentrates on both sides of TiC cermet and its value decreases during cooling. Negative tensile stress on TiC cermet undersurface concentrates on the center of TiC cermet and its value increases during cooling. Brazing temperature has little effect on the development and maximum thermal stress.

  16. Preparation and electrical properties of dense micro-cermets made of nickel ferrite and metallic copper

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    Baco-Carles, Valérie; Pasquet, Isabelle; LAURENT, Véronique; Gabriel, Armand; Tailhades, Philippe

    2009-01-01

    Dense micro-cermets made of nickel ferrites and copper micrometric particles were obtained from partial reduction under hydrogenated atmosphere at 350 C of mixed copper nickel ferrites, and sintering in nitrogen at 980 C. The small copper particles are homogeneous in size and well dispersed in the spinel oxide matrix. No exudation of copper metal was observed after sintering. The micro-cermets prepared are semi-conducting materials with electrical conductivity lying from 44 to 130 S/cm at 980...

  17. Plasma Spraying of Refractory Cermets by the Water-Stabilized Spray (WSP) System

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    Ctibor, Pavel; Brožek, Vlastimil; Chráska, Pavel; Cheong, D.-I.; Yang, S.-H.

    Las Vegas: ITSC Partner Societies, 2009 - (Marple, B.; Hyland, M.; Lau, Y.; Li, C.; Lima, R.; Montavon, G.), s. 824-829. (ITSC). ISBN 978-1-61503-004-0. [Thermal Spray 2009: International Thermal Spray Conference. Las Vegas (US), 04.05.2009-07.05.2009] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20430508 Keywords : Plasma spraying * refractory cermets * tungsten cermets * zirconium carbide Subject RIV: JH - Ceramics, Fire-Resistant Materials and Glass www.asminternational.org

  18. Sviluppo di un coating per assorbitore solare con tecnologie low cost

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    Pratesi, Stefano

    2015-01-01

    Il mercato del solare termodinamico offre varie soluzioni tecnologiche e impiantistiche in funzione dei livelli di temperatura che si vogliono ottenere. Le esigenze energetiche nei vari settori industriale, residenziale e commerciale, però, spingono il mercato verso i collettori solari capaci di operare con rendimenti maggiori del 50% a temperature superiori a 100 °C, fino anche a 250 °C (nel range cosiddetto “a media temperatura”'). In questo ambito, la tecnologia che dimostra di essere più ...

  19. Low-temperature roll-to-roll coating procedure of dye-sensitized solar cell photoelectrodes on flexible polymer-based substrates

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    Tinguely, Jean-Claude; Solarska, Renata; Braun, Artur; Graule, Thomas

    2011-04-01

    A new approach for the large-scale production of flexible photoelectrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) is presented by roll-to-roll coating of a titanium dioxide nanodispersion containing the block copolymer 'Pluronic®' (PEOx-PPOy-PEOx, PEO: poly(ethylene oxide), PPO: poly(propylene oxide)). Functional DSSCs were assembled and the different coating procedures compared with respect to their solar power conversion efficiency. It is shown that the binder 'Pluronic' can be removed at processing temperatures as low as 140 °C, thus aiding achievement of sufficient adhesion to the ITO-PET support, higher porosity of the TiO2 layer and decreased crack appearance. Further optimization of this method is particularly promising when combined with other known low-temperature methods.

  20. Electro-Mechanical Coupling of Indium Tin Oxide Coated Polyethylene Terephthalate ITO/PET for Flexible Solar Cells

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    Saleh, Mohamed A.

    2013-05-15

    Indium tin oxide (ITO) is the most widely used transparent electrode in flexible solar cells because of its high transparency and conductivity. But still, cracking of ITO on PET substrates due to tensile loading is not fully understood and it affects the functionality of the solar cell tremendously as ITO loses its conductivity. Here, we investigate the cracking evolution in ITO/PET exposed to two categories of tests. Monotonous tensile testing is done in order to trace the crack propagation in ITO coating as well as determining a loading range to focus on during our study. Five cycles test is also conducted to check the crack closure effect on the resistance variation of ITO. Analytical model for the damage in ITO layer is implemented using the homogenization concept as in laminated composites for transverse cracking. The homogenization technique is done twice on COMSOL to determine the mechanical and electrical degradation of ITO due to applied loading. Finally, this damage evolution is used for a simulation to predict the degradation of ITO as function in the applied load and correlate this degradation with the resistance variation. Experimental results showed that during unloading, crack closure results in recovery of conductivity and decrease in the overall resistance of the cracked ITO. Also, statistics about the crack spacing showed that the cracking pattern is not perfectly periodical however it has a positively skewed distribution. The higher the applied load, the less the discrepancy in the crack spacing data. It was found that the cracking mechanism of ITO starts with transverse cracking with local delamination at the crack tip unlike the mechanism proposed in the literature of having only cracking pattern without any local delamination. This is the actual mechanism that leads to the high increase in ITO resistance. The analytical code simulates the damage evolution in the ITO layer as function in the applied strain. This will be extended further to

  1. Polymer solar cell modules prepared using roll-to-roll methods: Knife-over-edge coating, slot-die coating and screen printing

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    Krebs, Frederik C

    2009-01-01

    -nm layer of transparent conducting indium–tin oxide (ITO). The ITO layer was first patterned by screen printing an etch resist followed by etching. The second layer was applied by either knife-over-edge (KOE) coating or slot-die coating a solution of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-nps) followed...

  2. Rapid Diamond Deposition on Ni and Co Coatings by Using Twin Acetylene/Oxygen Gas Welding Torches

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    Ando, Yasutaka; Noda, Yoshimasa; Adachi, Shin-ichiro

    2015-12-01

    Cermet coatings have been widely used because of their high hardness and excellent wear resistance even under high-temperature conditions. However, since cermet coatings include expensive materials such as WC, TiC, TiN and so on, low-cost hard particles as a dispersing agent need to be developed. In this study, in order to develop a low-cost diamond dispersion system for the creation of diamond/thermal sprayed metal hybrid coatings, diamond deposition on thermal sprayed Ni and Co coatings and Mo and Ni metal substrates by the combustion flame method using twin acetylene/oxygen gas welding torches was carried out. Consequently, even in cases of thermal sprayed Ni and Co coatings, diamond particles could be deposited within only 5 min. From these results, this technique is proved to have a high potential for rapid diamond deposition in order to create diamond/thermal sprayed metal hybrid coatings.

  3. Evolution of Ti(C,N)-based cermet microstructures

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    李晨辉; 熊惟皓; 余立新

    2002-01-01

    Two series of Ti(C,N)-based cermet materials originating from the same chemical composition but with different grain size distribution and sintered to different stages of the sintering cycle have been studied using SEM,TEM,EDX,and XRD.Much of the surrounding structure is formed during solid state sintering.During the solid state sintering,at first,the Mo and W rich (Ti,Mo,W)C inner rim is formed by the interaction among TiC,WC,and Mo2C;then the Mo and W lean (Ti,Mo,W)(C,N)outer rim is formed.During the liquid phase sintering,the outer rim of coarse grains grows rapidly throw a solution-reprecipitation process;also coarse grains grow by particle coalescence.The interface between coarse grain outer rim and binder is flat (crystal surface).

  4. Cermet sphere-pac concept for inert matrix fuel

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    Pouchon, M. A.; Nakamura, M.; Hellwig, Ch.; Ingold, F.; Degueldre, C.

    2003-06-01

    In the inert matrix fuel concept, plutonium reprocessed from spent fuel is burned in an inert matrix, e.g. yttria-stabilized zirconia. Coming from wet reprocessing, the internal gelation can perform an easy micro-spheres production. Utilization of these particles in a sphere-pac realizes a direct fuel production. Besides being economical, this direct usage offers an almost dustless fabrication. One disadvantage of yttria-stabilized zirconia as matrix is its low thermal conductivity. A further reduction by the macroscopic structure of a sphere bed seems unacceptable. This can be eluded by the insertion of a highly conducting phase. Similar to the cermet concept with the embedment of ceramic fuel into metal, the infiltration of a fine metal fraction into a coarse ceramic fuel fraction is studied here. The initial thermal conductivity shows much higher calculated values and the sintering behaviour is also clearly enhanced compared to the pure ceramic bed.

  5. Nanocomposite cermets for hydrogen production and SOFC anodes

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    Mezentseva, Natalia; Alikina, Galina; Pelipenko, Vladimir [Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Smorygo, Oleg [Powder Metallurgy Institute, Minsk (Belarus); Ross, Julian R.H. [Limerick Univ. (Iran, Islamic Republic of). Centre of Environmental Research; Sadykov, Vladislav [Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State Univ. (Russian Federation)

    2010-07-01

    Nanocomposite cermets comprised of Ni particles (10-60 wt.%) embedded into complex oxide matrix (Y- or Sc-stabilized zirconia combined with doped Ce-Zr oxides or perovskites) and promoted by Pt or Tu were synthesized via Pechini and (co)impregnation routes. Samples were characterized by BET, XRD, TEM with EDX, H{sub 2}, C{sub 2}H{sub 5}OH and CH{sub 4} TPR. The catalytic properties of nanocomposite materials were studied in the Sr of CH{sub 4}, ethanol and acetone at intermediate temperatures and short contact times. Performance of best compositions supported as porous strongly adhering layers on several types of heat-conducting substrates was demonstrated to be high and stable in SR (steam reforming) for all types of fuels. (orig.)

  6. Fracture toughness of two phase WC-Co cermets

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    The present analysis is an attempt to show that fracture toughness of cermets based on WC-Co and the like can be predicted with reasonable accuracy from a simple fracture mechanics relationship. The resistance to fracture has been considered to manifest primarily from the plastic deformation of Co phase. The constrained deformation behavior of the ductile Co phase between the rigid WC grains, approximated to the behavior of ideal plastic flow of a ductile layer sandwiched between rigid platens, has been incorporated into the fracture toughness predictions. Reasonable assumptions on in situ flow and fracture behavior of Co phase have been made in such estimations. Comparison of the calculated fracture toughness values with the experimental data of a large number of WC-Co systems of varying microstructural conditions, indicates reasonable agreement

  7. TiO2/Ni composite as antireflection coating for solar cell application

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    Haider, Adawiya J.; Najim, Aus A.; Muhi, Malik A. H.

    2016-07-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) considered as one of the best material already used as a window in solar cells due to its antireflection capability. In this work, pure and Ni-doped (1, 3 and 5 wt%) TiO2 thin films were deposited using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. The optical measurements obtained by UV-vis indicate that the highest optical band gap was found with (5%) doping level (Eg=3.82 eV), corresponding to a lower reflectance and higher transmittance. Empirical equations between energy band gap and concentration level, reflectance with energy band gap, refractive index and concentration have been determined; a perfect fit with the experimental data was obtained.

  8. Thermal performance of a cubic cavity with a solar control coating deposited to a vertical semitransparent wall

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    Flores, J.J.; Alvarez, G.; Xaman, J.P. [Centro Nacional de Investigacion y Desarrollo Tecnologico DGEST-SEP, Prol. Av. Palmira s/n., Col. Palmira, Cuernavaca, Morelos, CP 62490 (Mexico)

    2008-07-15

    We present a theoretical and experimental study of combined heat transfer in a cubic cavity containing non-participating air. The cubic cavity has a vertical semitransparent wall (glazing) with a solar control coating (SCC); an opaque black isothermal wall forms its opposite side. The top, bottom and side walls are opaque, gray and adiabatic. In the theoretical study, the 3-D steady state conservation equations for the mass, momentum and energy, along with the coupled radiation and conduction equations, were solved numerically by the finite volume method. The conduction for the semitransparent wall and the radiative energy flux were coupled through their boundary conditions at the convection model. Also, the semitransparent wall with SCC exchanges heat by convection and radiation to the exterior of the cavity. In the experimental study, the solar absorptance of the SCC was simulated experimentally using a thin film electrical resistance located on the glazing surface. Infrared imaging thermography was used to measure the temperature of the exterior surface temperature of the glazing. The interior air temperatures of the cavity were measured using thermocouples. The measured exterior surface temperatures of the glazing were introduced into the theoretical model as a boundary condition and the temperatures of the air at the interior of the cavity were compared with the theoretical ones predicted from the computational code for Ra = 2.3 x 10{sup 6}. Their average difference was 1.86%. Through these results, detailed descriptions of the air flow and temperature profiles in the cubic cavity are presented. The influence of radiative process on the overall heat transfer in the cavity is given particular attention, thus distinguishing the convective and radiative heat transfer in the cavity was shown separately. A parametric study was carried out for SCC absorptances of 0.08, 0.50 and 0.64 and exterior temperatures of 15{sup o}C, 25{sup o}C and 30{sup o}C. It was found

  9. Flexible and conductive cotton fabric counter electrode coated with graphene nanosheets for high efficiency dye sensitized solar cell

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    Sahito, Iftikhar Ali; Sun, Kyung Chul; Arbab, Alvira Ayoub; Qadir, Muhammad Bilal; Choi, Yun Seon; Jeong, Sung Hoon

    2016-07-01

    Textile fabric based electrodes due to their lightweight, flexibility and cost effectiveness, coupled with the ease of fabrication are recently given a huge attention as wearable energy sources. The current dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are based on Platinized-Fluorinated Tin oxide (Pt-FTO) glass electrode, which is not only expensive, but also rigid and heavyweight. In this work, a highly conductive-graphene coated cotton fabric (HC-GCF) is fabricated with a surface resistance of only 7 Ω sq-1. HC-GCF is used as an efficient counter electrode (CE) in DSSC and the results are examined using photovoltaic and electrochemical analysis. HC-GCF counter electrode shows a negligible change of resistance to bending at various bending positions and is also found extremely resistant to electrolyte solution and washing with water. Cyclic voltammogram, Nyquist and the Tafel plots suggest an excellent electro catalytic activity (ECA) for the reduction of tri-iodide (I3-) ions. Symmetrical cells prepared using HC-GCF, indicate a very low charge transfer resistance (RCT) of only 1.2 Ω, which is nearly same to that of the Pt with 1.04 Ω. Furthermore, a high photovoltaic conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.93% is achieved using HC-GCF counter electrode using polymer electrolyte.

  10. Efficiency Enhancement in Organic Solar Cells by Incorporating Silica-coated Gold Nanorods at the Buffer/Active interface

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    Zhao, Haoyang; Tong, Peiqian; Cui, Yanxia; Hao, Yuying; Sun, Qinjun; Shi, Fang; Zhan, Qiuqiang; Wang, Hua; Zhu, Furong

    2015-01-01

    The performance of organic solar cells (OSCs) can be greatly improved by incorporating silica-coated gold nanorods (Au@SiO2 NRs) at the interface between the hole transporting layer and the active layer due to the plasmonic effect. The silica shell impedes the aggregation effect of the Au NRs in ethanol solution as well as the server charge recombination on the surface of the Au NRs otherwise they would bring forward serious reduction in open circuit voltage when incorporating the Au NRs at the positions in contact with the active materials. As a result, while the high open circuit voltage being maintained, the optimized plasmonic OSCs possess an increased short circuit current, and correspondingly an elevated power conversion efficiency with the enhancement factor of ~11%. The origin of performance improvement in OSCs with the Au@SiO2 NRs was analyzed systematically using morphological, electrical, optical characterizations along with theoretical simulation. It is found that the broadband enhancement in abso...

  11. Spin-coating deposition of PbS and CdS thin films for solar cell application

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    In this work, we describe a simple spin-coating deposition technique for lead sulphide (PbS) and cadmium sulphide (CdS) films from a methanolic metal-thiourea complex. The characterization of the films by X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy techniques revealed that pure cubic phase PbS and CdS layers were formed via this method. As shown by atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy results, both films were homogeneous and presented a smooth surface. Optical properties showed that the energy band gap of PbS and CdS films were around 1.65 and 2.5 eV, respectively. The PbS film is p-type in nature with an electrical conductivity of around 0.8 S/cm. The hole concentration and mobility were 2.35 x 1018 cm-3 and 2.16 x 10-3 cm2/V/s, respectively, as determined from Hall measurement. Both films were used to develop a thin film solar cell device of graphite/PbS/CdS/ITO/glass. Device characterization showed the power conversion efficiency of around 0.24 %. The corresponding open circuit voltage, short circuit current and fill factor were 0.570 V, 1.32 mA/cm2 and 0.32, respectively. (orig.)

  12. Spin-coating deposition of PbS and CdS thin films for solar cell application

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    Patel, Jayesh; Mighri, Frej [Laval University, CREPEC, Department of Chemical Engineering, Quebec, QC (Canada); Ajji, Abdellah [Ecole Polytechnique, CREPEC, Chemical Engineering Department, Montreal, QC (Canada); Tiwari, Devendra; Chaudhuri, Tapas K. [Charotar University of Science and Technology (CHARUSAT), Dr. K.C. Patel Research and Development Centre, Anand District, Gujarat (India)

    2014-12-15

    In this work, we describe a simple spin-coating deposition technique for lead sulphide (PbS) and cadmium sulphide (CdS) films from a methanolic metal-thiourea complex. The characterization of the films by X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy techniques revealed that pure cubic phase PbS and CdS layers were formed via this method. As shown by atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy results, both films were homogeneous and presented a smooth surface. Optical properties showed that the energy band gap of PbS and CdS films were around 1.65 and 2.5 eV, respectively. The PbS film is p-type in nature with an electrical conductivity of around 0.8 S/cm. The hole concentration and mobility were 2.35 x 10{sup 18} cm{sup -3} and 2.16 x 10{sup -3} cm{sup 2}/V/s, respectively, as determined from Hall measurement. Both films were used to develop a thin film solar cell device of graphite/PbS/CdS/ITO/glass. Device characterization showed the power conversion efficiency of around 0.24 %. The corresponding open circuit voltage, short circuit current and fill factor were 0.570 V, 1.32 mA/cm{sup 2} and 0.32, respectively. (orig.)

  13. Hard and wear resistant coatings for cutting tools

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    K. Gołombek

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The paper presents investigation results of structure and properties of the cemented carbide tips and cermet tools, both uncoated and coated with single and multiple hard surface layers in the physical (PVD and chemical (CVD vapour deposition processes.Design/methodology/approach: SEM, TEM, X-ray, Microhardness, Scratch test, Cutting test.Findings: The TiN+gradient or multi (Ti,Al,SiN+TiN system coatings deposited with the PVD method in the cathodic arc evaporation CAE onto the substrates from cermets and cemented carbides reveal better working properties in comparison to the commercial tool materials with the gradient- or multi-layer and single- and two-component coatings deposited in the PVD or CVD processes.Practical implications: Dry cutting processes without the use of the cutting fluids.Originality/value: In the paper the investigation of TiN+gradient or multi(Ti,Al,SiN+TiN nanocrystalline coatings deposited in the CAE process on cemented carbides and cermets were carried out in order to improve the tool cutting properties.

  14. High-Performance Flexible Perovskite Solar Cells by Using a Combination of Ultrasonic Spray-Coating and Low Thermal Budget Photonic Curing

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    Sanjib, Das [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK); Yang, Bin [ORNL; Gu, Gong [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK); Joshi, Pooran C [ORNL; Ivanov, Ilia N [ORNL; Rouleau, Christopher [ORNL; Aytug, Tolga [ORNL; Geohegan, David B [ORNL; Xiao, Kai [ORNL

    2015-01-01

    Realizing the commercialization of high-performance and robust perovskite solar cells urgently requires the development of economically scalable processing techniques. Here we report a high-throughput ultrasonic spray-coating (USC) process capable of fabricating perovskite film-based solar cells on glass substrates with power conversion efficiency (PCE) as high as 13.04%. Perovskite films with high uniformity, crystallinity, and surface coverage are obtained in a single step. Moreover, we report USC processing on TiOx/ITO-coated polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates to realize flexible perovskite solar cells with PCE as high as 8.02% that are robust under mechanical stress. In this case, an optical curing technique was used to achieve a highly-conductive TiOx layer on flexible PET substrates for the first time. The high device performance and reliability obtained by this combination of USC processing with optical curing appears very promising for roll-to-roll manufacturing of high-efficiency, flexible perovskite solar cells.

  15. Solar collectors. Technical progress report No. 1, September 5, 1978-March 5, 1979. [Listing of glazings, housing materials, acrylic coatings, etching processes and AR coatings

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    Baum, B.; Gage, M.

    1979-04-27

    A broad information search was carried out in four areas: glazings, housing materials, acrylic coatings, etching processes and AR coatings. An extensive list of all (known) US transparent polymers was developed as well as tables of plastic, ceramic and metallic materials that could conceivably function as a housing. In addition, a compilation was made of commercially available solvent and water-base acrylic coatings for use as a uv protective coating for the glazing. Eighteen transparent polymers were chosen as possible glazings and twelve materials (plastic and wood) as possible housings and exposed in the Weather-Ometer as tensile bars and for the glazings as disks for optical transmission. These same materials were also exposed on our roof to monitor soiling. A variety of solvent and water-base acrylics were selected as protective coatings and ordered. Two commercial films - Tedlar 20 and Halar 500 - with strong absorption in the uv and two commercial films containing uv absorbers - Tedlar UT and Korad 201R - were laminated by several different processes to four promising glazing materials: polyvinyl fluoride (Tedlar), polymethyl methacrylate (Plexiglass), crosslinked ethylene/vinyl acetate and thermoplastic polyester (Llumar). A variety of etching processes were briefly explored and AR coating studies started on the above four glazing films.

  16. A study of Mo-V and Mo-V-Fe alloys for conductive cermet applications

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    Stephens, J.J.; Damkroger, B.K.; Ewsuk, K.G.; Glass, S.J.; Monroe, S.L.; Reece, M.; Smugeresky, J.E.

    1998-06-01

    Molybdenum and alumina cermets are currently being used for small, simple geometry, electrical feed-throughs in insulating alumina ceramic bodies. However, with larger and more complex geometries, high residual stresses and cracking of the alumina ceramic occur due to differences in coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) between cermet and the surrounding 94% alumina. The difference in CTE is caused by the Mo in the cermet, which lowers the CTE of the cermet relative to the 94% alumina ceramic. A study was conducted at Sandia National Laboratories to develop CTE-matched cermets based on binary Mo-V and ternary Mo-V-X alloy systems. It was found that the CTE of 94% alumina (over the range 1,000 C to room temperature) could be precisely matched by a binary Mo-32.5V alloy. However, to address concerns regarding the selective oxidation of V, Mo-V-X alloys with CTE`s similar to 94% alumina were made with Fe or Co additions. The ternary additions are limited to about 3 wt.% to maintain a single phase BCC alloy, and permit some reduction in the V addition. Powders were fabricated from both Mo-27V and Mo-22V-3Fe, and were evaluated in 3 hr./1,625 C cermet sintering trials. The results of those trials suggest that extensive reaction occurs between the Vanadium component of the alloy and the alumina ceramic. In view of these results the authors have begun to evaluate the feasibility of fabricating Iridium alumina cermets. Iridium is an attractive choice due to its close CTE match to 94% alumina ceramic. Preliminary results indicate there is no detrimental reaction between the Iridium and alumina phases.

  17. Development of wear resistant nanostructured duplex coatings by high velocity oxy-fuel process for use in oil sands industry.

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    Saha, Gobinda C; Khan, Tahir I; Glenesk, Larry B

    2009-07-01

    Oil sands deposits in Northern Alberta, Canada represent a wealth of resources attracting huge capital investment and significant research focus in recent years. As of 2005, crude oil production from the current oil sands operators accounted for 50% of Canada's domestic production. Alberta's oil sands deposits contain approximately 1.7 trillion barrels of bitumen, of which over 175 billion are recoverable with current technology, and 315 billion barrels are ultimately recoverable with technological advances. A major problem of operating machinery and equipment in the oil sands is the unpredictable failure from operating in this highly aggressive environment. One of the significant causes of that problem is premature material wear. An approach to minimize this wear is the use of protective coatings and, in particular, a cermet thin coating. A high level of coating homogeneity is critical for components such as bucketwheels, draglines, conveyors, shovels, heavyhauler trucks etc. that are subjected to severe degradation through abrasive wear. The identification, development and application of optimum wear solutions for these components pose an ongoing challenge. Nanostructured cermet coatings have shown the best results of achieving the degree of homogeneity required for these applications. In this study, WC-17Co cermet powder with nanocrystalline WC core encapsulated with 'duplex' Co layer was used to obtain a nanostructured coating. To apply this coating, high velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) thermal spraying technique was used, as it is known for producing wear-resistant coatings superior to those obtained from plasma-based techniques. Mechanical, sliding wear and microstructural behavior of the coating was compared with those of the microstructured coating obtained from spraying WC-10Co-4Cr cermet powder by HVOF technique. Results from the nanostructured coating, among others, showed an average of 25% increase in microhardness, 30% increase in sliding wear resistance and

  18. A comparison in mechanical properties of cermets of calcium silicate with Ti-55Ni and Ti-6Al-4V alloys for hard tissues replacement.

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    Ataollahi Oshkour, Azim; Pramanik, Sumit; Shirazi, Seyed Farid Seyed; Mehrali, Mehdi; Yau, Yat-Huang; Abu Osman, Noor Azuan

    2014-01-01

    This study investigated the impact of calcium silicate (CS) content on composition, compressive mechanical properties, and hardness of CS cermets with Ti-55Ni and Ti-6Al-4V alloys sintered at 1200°C. The powder metallurgy route was exploited to prepare the cermets. New phases of materials of Ni16Ti6Si7, CaTiO3, and Ni31Si12 appeared in cermet of Ti-55Ni with CS and in cermet of Ti-6Al-4V with CS, the new phases Ti5Si3, Ti2O, and CaTiO3, which were emerged during sintering at different CS content (wt%). The minimum shrinkage and density were observed in both groups of cermets for the 50 and 100 wt% CS content, respectively. The cermets with 40 wt% of CS had minimum compressive Young's modulus. The minimum of compressive strength and strain percentage at maximum load were revealed in cermets with 50 and 40 wt% of CS with Ti-55Ni and Ti-6Al-4V cermets, respectively. The cermets with 80 and 90 wt% of CS showed more plasticity than the pure CS. It concluded that the composition and mechanical properties of sintered cermets of Ti-55Ni and Ti-6Al-4V with CS significantly depend on the CS content in raw cermet materials. Thus, the different mechanical properties of the cermets can be used as potential materials for different hard tissues replacements. PMID:25538954

  19. Properties of the multicomponent and gradient PVD coatings

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    L.W. Żukowska; L.A. Dobrzański

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: This paper presents investigation results of the properties of the multicomponent (Ti,Al)N and gradient Ti(C,N) wear resistant coatings, deposited with the PVD process onto the substrate from the cemented carbides, cermets and Al2O3+TiC type oxide tool ceramics.Design/methodology/approach: The methodology includes analysis of the mechanical and functional properties. The Ra parameter was assumed to be the value describing surface roughness. The microhardness tests using the Vickers m...

  20. Multilayer and gradient PVD coatings on the sintered tool materials

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    D. Pakuła

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The paper presents investigation results of structure and properties of the multilayer and gradientTiN+(Ti,Al,SiN+TiN nanocrystalline coatings deposited with the PVD method (CAE -Cathodic Arc Evaporationprocess and in the combination of Al2O3 and TiN coatings in the CVD process on the substrate of cemented carbides,cermets, Al2O3+ZrO2, Al2O3+TiC, Al2O3+SiC(w oxide ceramics and Si3N4 nitride ceramics.Design/methodology/approach: The structural investigation includes the metallographic analysis on thetransmission and scanning electron microscope, confocal microscope. Examinations of the chemicalcompositions of the deposited coatings were carried out using the X-ray energy dispersive spectrograph EDS,glow-discharge optical emission spectroscope GDOS, and using the X-ray diffractometer. The investigationincludes also analysis of the mechanical and functional properties of the material: substrate hardness testsand microhardness tests of the deposited coatings, surface roughness tests, evaluation of the adhesion of thedeposited coatings, cutting properties of the investigated materials.Findings: Deposition of the multicomponent gradient coatings with the PVD method, based on the Al and Si solidsecondary solution in the TiN titanium nitride, isomorphous with the alternating pure titanium nitride TiN, on toolsmade from oxide, nitride ceramics and tool cermets, results in the increase of mechanical properties in comparisonwith uncoated tool materials, deciding thus the improvement of their working properties.Practical implications: Deposition of (Ti,Al,SiN nanocrystalline coatings by the use of PVD method causesthe increase of cutting properties of tools made of cermets for ca. 300% and of Al2O3+ZrO2 for ca. 100%comparing to adequately uncoated tools.Originality/value: Comparison of the wide range of modern sintered tool materials with wide unique set ofPVD coatings.

  1. Preparation and preliminary testing of cermet inert anode for aluminum electrolysis

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    李劼; 赖延清; 周科朝; 李志友; 刘业翔

    2003-01-01

    Recent development of inert anodes for the primary aluminium industry was reviewed. The preparation method of functionally gradient material was introduced into inert anode research area, and a research flow sheet of functionally gradient cermet inert anode was set down. In order to carry out the preparation and optimization of composite oxides as the ceramic matrix of cermet inert anode, the following problems: solid state reaction synthesis of complex oxides, corrosion mechanism of complex oxides in Na3AlF6-Al2O3 melts, effects of NiO content on the corrosion rate and resistivity at high temperature of NiFe2O4-NiO ceramics were studied. The preparation and sintering mechanism of NiFe2O4 based cermets were deeply studied to properly control the sintering atmosphere and temperature system. By efficaciously controlling the sintering atmosphere, the oxidization of metallic phase and the decomposition or deoxidization of ceramic phase are avoided effectively during the sintering process of cermets at various temperatures. By optimizing the composition recipe and sintering temperature system, cermets of relatively high density are prepared without the spillage or asymmetric distribution of metallic phase.

  2. Thermal properties and thermal shock resistance of liquid phase sintered ZrC-Mo cermets

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    The linear thermal expansion coefficient (CTE), heat capacity, and thermal conductivity, were investigated as a function of temperature for hot pressed ZrC and liquid phase sintered ZrC-Mo cermets. The ZrC and the ZrC-Mo cermets had the same CTE at 50 deg. C (∼5.1-5.5 ppm deg. C-1), but the CTE of ZrC increased to ∼12.2 ppm deg. C-1 at 1000 deg. C compared to ∼7.2-8.5 ppm deg. C-1 for the ZrC-Mo cermets. Heat capacity was calculated using a rule of mixtures and previously reported thermodynamic data. Thermal diffusivity was measured with a laser flash method and was, in turn, used to calculate thermal conductivity. Thermal conductivity increased linearly with increasing temperature for all compositions and was affected by solid solution formation and carbon deficiency of the carbide phases. Hot pressed ZrC had the highest thermal conductivity (∼30-37 W m-1 K-1). The nominally 20 and 30 vol% Mo compositions of the ZrC-Mo cermets had a lower thermal conductivity, but the thermal conductivity generally increased with increasing Mo content. Water quench thermal shock testing showed that ZrC-30 vol% Mo had a critical temperature difference of 350 deg. C, which was ∼120 deg. C higher than ZrC. This increase was due to the increased toughness of the cermet compared to ZrC.

  3. Mo-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} cermet research and development

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    Glass, S.J.; Monroe, S.L.; Stephens, J.J.; Moore, R.H. [and others

    1997-08-01

    This report describes the results to date of a program that was initiated to predict and measure residual stresses in Mo-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} cermet-containing components and to develop new materials and processes that would lead to the reduction or elimination of the thermal mismatch stresses. The period of performance includes work performed CY95-97. Excessive thermal mismatch stresses had produced cracking in some cermet-containing neutron tube components. This cracking could lead to a loss of hermeticity or decreased tube reliability. Stress predictions were conducted using finite element models of the various components, along with the thermal coefficient of expansion (CTE), Young`s modulus, and strength properties. A significant portion of the program focused on the property measurements for the existing cermet materials, processing conditions, and the measurement technique. The effects of differences in the properties on the predicted residual stresses were calculated for existing designs. Several potential approaches were evaluated for reducing the residual stresses and cracking in cermet-containing parts including reducing the Mo content of the cermet, substituting a ternary alloy with a better CTE match with alumina, and substituting Nb for Mo. Processing modifications were also investigated for minimizing warpage that occurs during sintering due to differential sintering. These modifications include changing the pressing of the 94ND2 alumina and changing to a 96% alumina powder from AlSiMag.

  4. Chronic TiO2 nanoparticle exposure to a benthic organism, Hyalella azteca: impact of solar UV radiation and material surface coatings on toxicity

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    There is limited information on the chronic effects of nanomaterials to benthic organisms, as well as environmental mitigating factors that might influence this toxicity. The present study aimed to fill these data gaps by examining various growth endpoints (weight gain, instantaneous growth rate, and total protein content) for up to a 21 d sediment exposure of TiO2 nanoparticles (nano-TiO2) to a representative benthic species, Hyalella azteca. An uncoated standard, P25, and an Al(OH)3 coated nano-TiO2 used in commercial products were added to sediment at 20 mg/L or 100 mg/L Under test conditions, UV exposure alone was shown to be a greater cause of toxicity than even these high levels of nano-TiO2 exposure, indicating that different hazards need to be addressed in toxicity testing scenarios. In addition, this study showed the effectiveness of a surface coating on the decreased photoactivity of the material, as the addition of an Al(OH)3 coating showed a dramatic decrease in reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. However, this reduced photoactivity was found to be partially restored when the coating had been degraded, leading to the need for future toxicity tests which examine the implications of weathering events on particle surface coatings. - Highlights: • Chronic toxicity of nano-TiO2 to a benthic organism (Hyalella azteca) was examined. • Phototoxicity was investigated through exposure of solar simulated radiation (SSR). • The degradation of a surface coating resulted in an increase in photoactivity. • In this testing scenario, UV had a larger impact than chemical exposure in toxicity

  5. Chronic TiO{sub 2} nanoparticle exposure to a benthic organism, Hyalella azteca: impact of solar UV radiation and material surface coatings on toxicity

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    Wallis, Lindsay K. [Office of Research and Development, Mid-Continent Ecology Division, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Duluth, MN, 55804 (United States); Diamond, Stephen A. [Nanosafe Inc., Blacksburg, VA, 24060 (United States); Ma, Hongbo [University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Zilber School of Public Health, Milwaukee, WI, 53211 (United States); Hoff, Dale J. [Office of Research and Development, Mid-Continent Ecology Division, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Duluth, MN, 55804 (United States); Al-Abed, Souhail R. [National Risk Management Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, OH 45268 (United States); Li, Shibin, E-mail: lishibinepa@gmail.com [Office of Research and Development, Mid-Continent Ecology Division, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Duluth, MN, 55804 (United States)

    2014-11-15

    There is limited information on the chronic effects of nanomaterials to benthic organisms, as well as environmental mitigating factors that might influence this toxicity. The present study aimed to fill these data gaps by examining various growth endpoints (weight gain, instantaneous growth rate, and total protein content) for up to a 21 d sediment exposure of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles (nano-TiO{sub 2}) to a representative benthic species, Hyalella azteca. An uncoated standard, P25, and an Al(OH){sub 3} coated nano-TiO{sub 2} used in commercial products were added to sediment at 20 mg/L or 100 mg/L Under test conditions, UV exposure alone was shown to be a greater cause of toxicity than even these high levels of nano-TiO{sub 2} exposure, indicating that different hazards need to be addressed in toxicity testing scenarios. In addition, this study showed the effectiveness of a surface coating on the decreased photoactivity of the material, as the addition of an Al(OH){sub 3} coating showed a dramatic decrease in reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. However, this reduced photoactivity was found to be partially restored when the coating had been degraded, leading to the need for future toxicity tests which examine the implications of weathering events on particle surface coatings. - Highlights: • Chronic toxicity of nano-TiO{sub 2} to a benthic organism (Hyalella azteca) was examined. • Phototoxicity was investigated through exposure of solar simulated radiation (SSR). • The degradation of a surface coating resulted in an increase in photoactivity. • In this testing scenario, UV had a larger impact than chemical exposure in toxicity.

  6. Comparative studies of CERCER and CERMET fuels for EFIT from the viewpoint of core performance and safety

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    The European Facility for Industrial Transmutation (EFIT) has been developed within the 6. EU Framework by the EUROTRANS Program, aiming at a generic conceptual design of an accelerator driven transmuter. This paper deals with assessments of EFIT cores with CERCER and CERMET fuels from the viewpoint of core performance and safety. The conclusive remarks can be drawn as follows. Because of its much better thermal conductivity, the CERMET core can be designed by using thicker pins, so that it has the same or even better transmutation performance compared to the CERCER core. Both CERCER and CERMET fuels fulfill safety requirements. Moreover the CERMET fuel has higher fuel safety margins than the CERCER one. Preliminary analyses show that the CERMET total core power can be further increased by 50% at least without exceeding fuel and clad temperature limits. (authors)

  7. Structure and mechanical properties of PVD coatings for tool materials

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    L.A. Dobrzański

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The goal of this work is to investigate and compare the properties of (Ti,AlN, Ti(C,N and (Ti,Al,SiN coatings, deposited on cemented carbide and cermet substrates.Design/methodology/approach: Coatings deposition were carried out using the PVD method by the cathodic arc evaporation (CAE process. Investigations of surfaces and structures of the deposited coatings were carried out with use of SEM and TEM methods. Roughness parameter measurements, adhesion evaluation of the coatings on the investigated inserts, the Vickers microhardness measurements and detailed cutting tests were carried out to compare the properties of the investigated materials.Findings: The results of the investigations carried out confirm the advantages of PVD coatings deposited onto both: cemented carbides and cermets, especially in case of (Ti,AlN and (Ti,Al,SiN coatings. Coatings deposited onto the investigated substrates are characterised by good adhesion, high microhardness, taking effect in very high increasing of wear resistance.Practical implications: Deposition of hard, thin, multicomponent coatings on materials surface by PVD method features one of the most intensely developed directions of improvement of the working properties of materials. Employment of introduced combinations of substrates and coatings make it possible to transit of machining of semi-products from roughing to semi-finishing or finishing in one setting.Originality/value: Coatings based on (Ti,AlN, (Ti,Al,SiN as well as Ti(C,N were developed to provide better performance over titanium nitride since the incorporation of aluminum or carbon in TiN increased hardness, decreased coefficient of friction of the coatings. Tools with such coatings reveal a significant life extension in service compared to the uncoated tools or coated with simple coatings based on monolayers of nitrides or carbonitrides, improvement of the tribological contact conditions in the tool-chip-machined material contact zone

  8. All-Solution-Processed, Ambient Method for ITO-Free, Roll-Coated Tandem Polymer Solar Cells using Solution- Processed Metal Films

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    Angmo, Dechan; Dam, Henrik Friis; Andersen, Thomas Rieks;

    2014-01-01

    terms of surface morphological and topographical properties and to ITO in terms of flexibility. The slot–die coated Ag film demonstrates extremely low roughness (a root-meansquare roughness of 3 nm was measured over 240_320 mm2 area), is highly conductive (<1 W/&), highly flexible, and cost-effective in......A solution-processed silver film is employed in the processing of top-illuminated indium-tin-oxide (ITO)-free polymer solar cells in single- and double-junction (tandem) structures. The nontransparent silver film fully covers the substrate and serves as the bottom electrode whereas a PEDOT......:PSS/Ag grid forms the semitransparent top electrode. All layers are roll-coated/printed on a flexible substrate by using only two techniques: slot–die coating for up to 11 consecutive layers and flexo-printing for the last Ag grid layer. The slot–die coated Ag film is compared to an evaporated Ag film in...

  9. Microstructures and Photovoltaic Properties of Zn(AlO/Cu2O-Based Solar Cells Prepared by Spin-Coating and Electrodeposition

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    Takeo Oku

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Copper oxide (Cu2O-based heterojunction solar cells were fabricated by spin-coating and electrodeposition methods, and photovoltaic properties and microstructures were investigated. Zinc oxide (ZnO and Cu2O were used as n- and p-type semiconductors, respectively, to fabricate photovoltaic devices based on In-doped tin oxide/ZnO/Cu2O/Au heterojunction structures. Short-circuit current and fill factor increased by aluminum (Al doping in the ZnO layer, which resulted in the increase of the conversion efficiency. The efficiency was improved further by growing ZnO and Cu2O layers with larger crystallite sizes, and by optimizing the Al-doping by spin coating.

  10. Characterizations of Cuprous Oxide Thin Films Prepared by Sol-Gel Spin Coating Technique with Different Additives for the Photoelectrochemical Solar Cell

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    D. S. C. Halin

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Cuprous oxide (Cu2O thin films were deposited onto indium tin oxide (ITO coated glass substrate by sol-gel spin coating technique using different additives, namely, polyethylene glycol and ethylene glycol. It was found that the organic additives added had a significant influence on the formation of Cu2O films and lead to different microstructures and optical properties. The films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM, and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis. Based on the FESEM micrographs, the grain size of film prepared using polyethylene glycol additive has smaller grains of about 83 nm with irregular shapes. The highest optical absorbance film was obtained by the addition of polyethylene glycol. The Cu2O thin films were used as a working electrode in the application of photoelectrochemical solar cell (PESC.

  11. Low Cost Nuclear Thermal Rocket Cermet Fuel Element Environment Testing

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    Bradley, David E.; Mireles, Omar R.; Hickman, Robert R.

    2011-01-01

    Deep space missions with large payloads require high specific impulse (Isp) and relatively high thrust in order to achieve mission goals in reasonable time frames. Conventional, storable propellants produce average Isp. Nuclear thermal rockets (NTR) capable of high Isp thrust have been proposed. NTR employs heat produced by fission reaction to heat and therefore accelerate hydrogen which is then forced through a rocket nozzle providing thrust. Fuel element temperatures are very high (up to 3000K) and hydrogen is highly reactive with most materials at high temperatures. Data covering the effects of high temperature hydrogen exposure on fuel elements is limited. The primary concern is the mechanical failure of fuel elements which employ high-melting-point metals, ceramics or a combination (cermet) as a structural matrix into which the nuclear fuel is distributed. It is not necessary to include fissile material in test samples intended to explore high temperature hydrogen exposure of the structural support matrices. A small-scale test bed designed to heat fuel element samples via non-contact RF heating and expose samples to hydrogen is being developed to assist in optimal material and manufacturing process selection without employing fissile material. This paper details the test bed design and results of testing conducted to date.

  12. Fabrication of cermet bearings for the control system of a high temperature lithium cooled nuclear reactor

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    Yacobucci, H. G.; Heestand, R. L.; Kizer, D. E.

    1973-01-01

    The techniques used to fabricate cermet bearings for the fueled control drums of a liquid metal cooled reference-design reactor concept are presented. The bearings were designed for operation in lithium for as long as 5 years at temperatures to 1205 C. Two sets of bearings were fabricated from a hafnium carbide - 8-wt. % molybdenum - 2-wt. % niobium carbide cermet, and two sets were fabricated from a hafnium nitride - 10-wt. % tungsten cermet. Procedures were developed for synthesizing the material in high purity inert-atmosphere glove boxes to minimize oxygen content in order to enhance corrosion resistance. Techniques were developed for pressing cylindrical billets to conserve materials and to reduce machining requirements. Finishing was accomplished by a combination of diamond grinding, electrodischarge machining, and diamond lapping. Samples were characterized in respect to composition, impurity level, lattice parameter, microstructure and density.

  13. Preparation and microstructure of nanocrystalline grain Ag-MgF2 cermet film

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    Nanocrystalline grain Ag-MgF2 cermet films were prepared by using sintered-in-vacuum Ag-MgF2 mixture granules as evaporant. The microstructure and the electronic energy states of the films were examined by x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, electron diffraction and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The results showed that obtained Ag-MgF2 cermet films consist of mainly amorphous MgF2 matrix with embedded fcc-Ag nanocrystalline grains. The principal x-ray diffraction peaks at d = 3.4245, 2.6102, and 2.0503 Angstrom are probably related to Ag-MgF2 cermet composite structure

  14. Characterization of porous texture of cermet electrode for steam electrolysis at intermediate temperature

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    Electrodes designed for PCEC (Proton Conducting Electrolyzing Cell) should ensure both electron and proton conductions and also allowed the supply or the draining of gaseous phase such as steam, hydrogen and oxygen. Porous cermet electrodes fulfil these requirements: percolated metallic phase for electron conduction, ceramic for proton conduction, and pores for transport of reactant and products in gas phase. The electrochemical reactions will take place at boundaries of these three phases, commonly named triple points. Therefore, the cermet electrode has to possess a sufficient open porosity and the expanded metallic surface area exposed to pores as large as possible. In this work, the pore texture of cermet electrodes was characterized by means of Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy in aprotic liquid medium. The parameter regression calculation based on de Levie's transmission-line model allowed us to determine the pore texture characterized by expanded surface area, number, mean radius of pores, and open porosity.

  15. For cermet inert anode containing oxide and metal phases useful for the electrolytic production of metals

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    Ray, Siba P.; Liu, Xinghua; Weirauch, Douglas A.

    2002-01-01

    A cermet inert anode for the electrolytic production of metals such as aluminum is disclosed. The inert anode comprises a ceramic phase including an oxide of Ni, Fe and M, where M is at least one metal selected from Zn, Co, Al, Li, Cu, Ti, V, Cr, Zr, Nb, Ta, W, Mo, Hf and rare earths, preferably Zn and/or Co. Preferred ceramic compositions comprise Fe.sub.2 O.sub.3, NiO and ZnO or CoO. The cermet inert anode also comprises a metal phase such as Cu, Ag, Pd, Pt, Au, Rh, Ru, Ir and/or Os. A preferred metal phase comprises Cu and Ag. The cermet inert anodes may be used in electrolytic reduction cells for the production of commercial purity aluminum as well as other metals.

  16. Structure and strength of carbide-steel cermet and their changes during heat treatment

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    Both homogeneous and 'graded' materials were produced by pressing and sintering of titanium carbide TiCx (0.7 x takes place during the joining. If the titanium carbide is carbon deficient that the carbon goes from the steel binder to TiCx, and this redistribution intensity with the x decreases. So-named graded cermets were produced on controlled distribution of TiCx with different x. An additional flow of carbon from C-rich to C-poor TiCx layers was obtained in these cermets. These changes both in the steel and TiCx compositions result in changes in such processes as austenitization, carbide dissolution and precipitation, and martensitic transformation. Both general strength of the material and the gradient of properties in graded cermets can be increased using kinetic factors of element redistribution and structure changes resulted from the heat treatment. (author)

  17. Influence of TiCl4 treatment on performance of dye-sensitized solar cell assembled with nano-TiO2 coating deposited by vacuum cold spraying

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    FAN Shengqiang; LI Changjiu; YANG Guanjun; ZHANG Lingzi

    2006-01-01

    Titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) treatment was employed to TiO2 coating deposited on fluoride-doped tin oxide (FTO) conducting glass and indium oxide doped tin oxide (ITO) conducting glass, respectively. The nano-crystalline TiO2coating was deposited using a composite powder composed of polyethylene glycol (PEG) and 25 nm TiO2 particles by vacuum cold spraying (VCS) process. A commercial N-719 dye was used to adsorb on the surface of TiO2 coating to prepare TiO2 electrode, which was applied to assemble dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC).The cell performance was measured under simulated solar light at an intensity of 100 mW·cm-2.Results show that with an FTO substrate the DSC composed of a VCS TiO2 electrode untreated by TiCl4 gives a short-circuit current density of 13.1 mA·cm-2 and an open circuit voltage of 0.60 V corresponding to an overall conversion efficiency of 4.4%. It is found that after TiCl4 treatment to the VCSTiO2 electrode with an FTO substrate, the short circuit current density of the cell increases by 31%, the open-circuit voltage increases by 60 mV and a higher conversion yield of 6.5% was obtained. However, when an ITOsubstrate is used to deposit TiO2 coating by VCS, after TiCl4 treatment, the conversion efficiency of the assembled cell reduces slightly due to corrosionof the conducting layer on the ITO glass by TiCl4.

  18. Matrix Organization and Merit Factor Evaluation as a Method to Address the Challenge of Finding a Polymer Material for Roll Coated Polymer Solar Cells

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    Bundgaard, Eva; Livi, Francesco; Hagemann, Ole;

    2015-01-01

    The results presented demonstrate how the screening of 104 light-absorbing low band gap polymers for suitability in roll coated polymer solar cells can be accomplished through rational synthesis according to a matrix where 8 donor and 13 acceptor units are organized in rows and columns. Synthesis...... silver comb back electrode structure. The matrix organization enables fast identification of active layer materials according to a weighted merit factor that includes more than simply the power conversion efficiency and is used as a method to identify the lead candidates. Based on several characteristics...

  19. Influence of dye loading time and electrolytes ratio on the performance spin coated ZnO photoanode based dye sensitized solar cells

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    Amrik Singh

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available ZnO photoanode for dye sensitized solar cell sythesized by sol-gel spin coating method. XRD pattern confirmed the film is crystalline in nature and crystallite size calculated was 45.8 nm. The grain size from SEM image of ZnO is 66.3nm. Trnsmission of ZnO thin film was observed 75-92% in wavelength range from 400-800nm. The effieciency for for dye loaded 6 and 12 hours time were 0.38 and 0.44 respectively. In case of electrolytes ratio the maximum effieciency and fill factor were 0.44 and 0.49 respectively.

  20. Fundamental Study on the Fabrication of Inverted Planar Perovskite Solar Cells Using Two-Step Sequential Substrate Vibration-Assisted Spray Coating (2S-SVASC)

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    Zabihi, Fatemeh; Ahmadian-Yazdi, Mohammad-Reza; Eslamian, Morteza

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, a scalable and fast process is developed and employed for the fabrication of the perovskite light harvesting layer in inverted planar heterojunction solar cell (FTO/PEDOT:PSS/CH3NH3PbI3−x Cl x /PCBM/Al). Perovskite precursor solutions are sprayed onto an ultrasonically vibrating substrate in two sequential steps via a process herein termed as the two-step sequential substrate vibration-assisted spray coating (2S-SVASC). The gentle imposed ultrasonic vibration on the substrate p...

  1. Microstructures and Photovoltaic Properties of Zn(Al)O/Cu2O-Based Solar Cells Prepared by Spin-Coating and Electrodeposition

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    Takeo Oku; Tetsuya Yamada; Kazuya Fujimoto; Tsuyoshi Akiyama

    2014-01-01

    Copper oxide (Cu2O)-based heterojunction solar cells were fabricated by spin-coating and electrodeposition methods, and photovoltaic properties and microstructures were investigated. Zinc oxide (ZnO) and Cu2O were used as n- and p-type semiconductors, respectively, to fabricate photovoltaic devices based on In-doped tin oxide/ZnO/Cu2O/Au heterojunction structures. Short-circuit current and fill factor increased by aluminum (Al) doping in the ZnO layer, which resulted in the increase of the co...

  2. Spectral reflectance data of a high temperature stable solar selective coating based on MoSi2–Si3N4

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    Hernández-Pinilla, D.; Rodríguez-Palomo, A.; Álvarez-Fraga, L.; Céspedes, E.; Prieto, J.E.; Muñoz-Martín, A.; Prieto, C.

    2016-01-01

    Data of optical performance, thermal stability and ageing are given for solar selective coatings (SSC) based on a novel MoSi2–Si3N4 absorbing composite. SSC have been prepared as multilayer stacks formed by silver as metallic infrared reflector, a double layer composite and an antireflective layer (doi: 10.1016/j.solmat.2016.04.001 [1]). Spectroscopic reflectance data corresponding to the optical performance of samples after moderate vacuum annealing at temperatures up to 600 °C and after ageing test of more than 200 h with several heating–cooling cycles are shown here. PMID:27182544

  3. Spectral reflectance data of a high temperature stable solar selective coating based on MoSi2 -Si3N4.

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    Hernández-Pinilla, D; Rodríguez-Palomo, A; Álvarez-Fraga, L; Céspedes, E; Prieto, J E; Muñoz-Martín, A; Prieto, C

    2016-06-01

    Data of optical performance, thermal stability and ageing are given for solar selective coatings (SSC) based on a novel MoSi2-Si3N4 absorbing composite. SSC have been prepared as multilayer stacks formed by silver as metallic infrared reflector, a double layer composite and an antireflective layer (doi: 10.1016/j.solmat.2016.04.001 [1]). Spectroscopic reflectance data corresponding to the optical performance of samples after moderate vacuum annealing at temperatures up to 600 °C and after ageing test of more than 200 h with several heating-cooling cycles are shown here. PMID:27182544

  4. Spectral reflectance data of a high temperature stable solar selective coating based on MoSi2–Si3N4

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    D. Hernández-Pinilla

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Data of optical performance, thermal stability and ageing are given for solar selective coatings (SSC based on a novel MoSi2–Si3N4 absorbing composite. SSC have been prepared as multilayer stacks formed by silver as metallic infrared reflector, a double layer composite and an antireflective layer (doi: 10.1016/j.solmat.2016.04.001 [1]. Spectroscopic reflectance data corresponding to the optical performance of samples after moderate vacuum annealing at temperatures up to 600 °C and after ageing test of more than 200 h with several heating–cooling cycles are shown here.

  5. Oxidation-resistant, solution-processed plasmonic Ni nanochain-SiO{sub x} (x < 2) selective solar thermal absorbers

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    Yu, Xiaobai; Wang, Xiaoxin; Liu, Jifeng, E-mail: Jifeng.Liu@dartmouth.edu [Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, 14 Engineering Drive, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755 (United States); Zhang, Qinglin [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Kentucky, 177 F. Paul Anderson Tower, Lexington, Kentucky 40506 (United States); Li, Juchuan [Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States)

    2014-08-21

    Metal oxidation at high temperatures has long been a challenge in cermet solar thermal absorbers, which impedes the development of atmospherically stable, high-temperature, high-performance concentrated solar power (CSP) systems. In this work, we demonstrate solution-processed Ni nanochain-SiO{sub x} (x < 2) and Ni nanochain-SiO{sub 2} selective solar thermal absorbers that exhibit a strong anti-oxidation behavior up to 600 °C in air. The thermal stability is far superior to previously reported Ni nanoparticle-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} selective solar thermal absorbers, which readily oxidize at 450 °C. The SiO{sub x} (x < 2) and SiO{sub 2} matrices are derived from hydrogen silsesquioxane and tetraethyl orthosilicate precursors, respectively, which comprise Si-O cage-like structures and Si-O networks. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy shows that the dissociation of Si-O cage-like structures and Si-O networks at high temperatures have enabled the formation of new bonds at the Ni/SiO{sub x} interface to passivate the surface of Ni nanoparticles and prevent oxidation. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy demonstrate that the excess Si in the SiO{sub x} (x < 2) matrices reacts with Ni nanostructures to form silicides at the interfaces, which further improves the anti-oxidation properties. As a result, Ni-SiO{sub x} (x < 2) systems demonstrate better anti-oxidation performance than Ni-SiO{sub 2} systems. This oxidation-resistant Ni nanochain-SiO{sub x} (x < 2) cermet coating also exhibits excellent high-temperature optical performance, with a high solar absorptance of ∼90% and a low emittance ∼18% measured at 300 °C. These results open the door towards atmospheric stable, high temperature, high-performance solar selective absorber coatings processed by low-cost solution-chemical methods for future generations of CSP systems.

  6. An electrochemical impedance study on cermet anodes in alumina-saturated molten cryolite

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    This paper reports on electrochemical impedance spectra of NiO-NiFe2O4-Cu cermet anodes in alumina-saturated molten cryolite at anodic potentials above the decomposition potential of alumina which exhibited a loop with a characteristic frequency of about 1 Hz. A similar feature was observed using platinum anodes under the same experimental conditions. Analysis of these data suggests the loop was due to gas bubbling. Features associated with charge-transfer processes were not sufficiently resolved to determine the corrosion properties of the cermet anode

  7. Preparation and electrical properties of dense micro-cermets made of nickel ferrite and metallic copper

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    Baco-Carles, Valérie; Pasquet, Isabelle; Laurent, Véronique; Gabriel, Armand; Tailhades, Philippe

    2009-08-01

    Dense micro-cermets made of nickel ferrites and copper micrometric particles were obtained from partial reduction under hydrogenated atmosphere at 350 °C of mixed copper nickel ferrites, and sintering in nitrogen at 980 °C. The small copper particles are homogeneous in size and well dispersed in the spinel oxide matrix. No exudation of copper metal was observed after sintering. The micro-cermets prepared are semi-conducting materials with electrical conductivity lying from 44 to 130 S/cm at 980 °C. Their overall characteristics make them interesting for inert anodes dedicated to aluminium electrolysis in melted cryolite.

  8. Grain size stabilization of tetragonal phase of zirconia in sputtered Zr- O cermet films

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    M. S. Hadavi; S. H. Keshmiri; A. Kompany; Zhang, Q. C.

    2005-01-01

     In this research, thin films of Zr/ZrO2 composites were deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering technique on Si and fused Silica substrates, and their structures were investigated by XRD method. During the deposition of the cermet layers, a Zr metallic target was sputtered in a gas mixture of Ar and O2. By controlling of O2 flow rate, the different metal volume fractions in the cermet layers were achieved. The optical response of the samples was studied using spectroscopy methods. Also th...

  9. Fabrication of WC-Co cermets by laser engineered net shaping

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    Xiong Yuhong [Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California, Davis, CA 95616 (United States); Smugeresky, John E. [Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA 94551 (United States); Ajdelsztajn, Leonardo [Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California, Davis, CA 95616 (United States); Schoenung, Julie M. [Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California, Davis, CA 95616 (United States)], E-mail: jmschoenung@ucdavis.edu

    2008-10-15

    The Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) technology is an extension of rapid prototyping technologies into the direct fabrication of metal parts. Bulk dense tungsten carbide-cobalt (WC-Co) cermets were produced without any molds using the LENS technology, starting from granules consisting of nanostructured WC crystallites in a Co matrix. Thermal behavior of the LENS process, shape change and coarsening of WC crystallites were investigated in this work to study the mechanisms of microstructural evolution of the cermets. Microstructures with alternating layers were observed, which is relevant to the thermal behavior of the LENS process. Variations in hardness result from the change in cooling rate along the specimen height.

  10. Development of Processing Windows for HVOF Carbide-Based Coatings

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    Ang, Andrew Siao Ming; Howse, Hugo; Wade, Scott A.; Berndt, Christopher C.

    2016-01-01

    Optimized processing windows for spraying high-quality metal carbide-based coatings are developed using particle diagnostic technology. The cermet coatings were produced via the high-velocity oxygen fuel (HVOF) spray process and are proposed for service applications such as marine hydraulics. The traditional "trial and error" method for developing coating process parameters is not technically robust, as well as being costly and time consuming. Instead, this contribution investigated the use of real-time monitoring of parameters associated with the HVOF flame jets and particles using in-flight particle diagnostics. Subsequently, coatings can be produced with knowledge concerning the molten particle size, temperature, and velocity profile. The analytical results allow identification of optimized coating process windows, which translate to coatings of lower porosity and improved mechanical performance.

  11. Enhanced photovoltaic performance of fully flexible dye-sensitized solar cells based on the Nb2O5 coated hierarchical TiO2 nanowire-nanosheet arrays

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    Liu, Wenwu; Hong, Chengxun; Wang, Hui-gang; Zhang, Mei; Guo, Min

    2016-02-01

    Nb2O5 coated hierarchical TiO2 nanowire-sheet arrays photoanode was synthesized on flexible Ti-mesh substrate by using a hydrothermal approach. The effect of TiO2 morphology and Nb2O5 coating layer on the photovoltaic performance of the flexible dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) based on Ti-mesh supported nanostructures were systematically investigated. Compared to the TiO2 nanowire arrays (NWAs), hierarchical TiO2 nanowire arrays (HNWAs) with enlarged internal surface area and strong light scattering properties exhibited higher overall conversion efficiency. The introduction of thin Nb2O5 coating layers on the surface of the TiO2 HNWAs played a key role in improving the photovoltaic performance of the flexible DSSC. By separating the TiO2 and electrolyte (I-/I3-), the Nb2O5 energy barrier decreased the electron recombination rate and increased electron collection efficiency and injection efficiency, resulting in improved Jsc and Voc. Furthermore, the influence of Nb2O5 coating amounts on the power conversion efficiency were discussed in detail. The fully flexible DSSC based on Nb2O5 coated TiO2 HNWAs films with a thickness of 14 μm displayed a well photovoltaic property of 4.55% (Jsc = 10.50 mA cm-2, Voc = 0.75 V, FF = 0.58). The performance enhancement of the flexible DSSC is largely attributed to the reduced electron recombination, enlarged internal surface area and superior light scattering ability of the formed hierarchical nanostructures.

  12. Estudio del desgaste del flanco de carburos recubiertos y cermet durante el torneado de alta velocidad en seco del acero AISI 1045

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    Hernández-González, L. W.

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available This work deals with the experimental study of the flank wear evolution of two coating carbide inserts and a cermet insert during the dry finishing turning of AISI 1045 steel with 400, 500 and 600 m/min cutting speeds. The results were analyzed using the variance analysis and lineal regression analysis in order to describe the relationship between the flank wear and machining time, obtaining the adjusted model equation. The investigation demonstrated a significant effect of cutting speed and machining time on the flank wear at high speed machining. The three coating layers insert showed the best performance while the two layers insert had the worst behaviour of the cutting tool wear at high cutting speeds.

    El objetivo de este trabajo es el estudio experimental de la evolución del desgaste del flanco respecto al tiempo de dos insertos de carburo recubiertos y un cermet durante el torneado de acabado en seco del acero AISI 1045 con velocidades de corte de 400, 500 y 600 m/min. Los resultados fueron comparados utilizando el análisis de varianza y el análisis de regresión lineal para describir la relación entre el desgaste del flanco y el tiempo de maquinado, obteniéndose la ecuación del modelo ajustado. La investigación demostró un efecto significativo de la velocidad de corte y del tiempo de maquinado en el desgaste del flanco en el maquinado de alta velocidad. El mejor desempeño se obtuvo para el carburo recubierto con tres capas, mientras que el carburo con dos capas sufrió el mayor desgaste a elevadas velocidades de corte.

  13. Reduced interfacial recombination in dye-sensitized solar cells assisted with NiO:Eu(3+),Tb(3+) coated TiO2 film.

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    Yao, Nannan; Huang, Jinzhao; Fu, Ke; Deng, Xiaolong; Ding, Meng; Zhang, Shouwei; Xu, Xijin; Li, Lin

    2016-01-01

    Eu(3+),Tb(3+) doped and undoped NiO films were deposited on TiO2 by a sol-gel spin-coating method as the photoanodes of dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). A comparative study with different structures including TiO2, TiO2/NiO and TiO2/NiO:Eu(3+),Tb(3+) as the photoanodes was carried out to illustrate the photovoltaic performance of solar cells. NiO could enhance the performance of DSSCs ascribed to acting as a barrier for the charge recombination from the fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) to electrolyte and forming a p-n junction (NiO/TiO2). Moreover, Eu(3+), Tb(3+) co-doped NiO could accelerate the electron transfer at TiO2/dye/electrolyte interface, which further benefited the performance of solar cells. The solar cells assembled with the photoelectrodes consisting of NiO:Eu(3+),Tb(3+) and TiO2 exhibited short-circuit current density (JSC) of 17.4 mA cm(-2), open-circuit voltage (VOC) of 780 mV and conversion efficiency of 8.8%, which were higher than that with TiO2/NiO and pure TiO2. The mechanisms of the influence of NiO and NiO:Eu(3+),Tb(3+) on the photovoltaic performance of DSSCs were discussed. PMID:27506930

  14. Improvement in photovoltaic properties of silicon solar cells with a doped porous silicon layer with rare earth (Ce, La) as antireflection coatings

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    The performance improvement of solar cells due to the formation of a porous silicon layer treated with rare earth (Ce, La) in the n+ emitter of silicon n+/p junctions has been investigated. The photovoltaic properties of the cells with and without treatment of the porous silicon layer are compared. From the reflection measurements, it was shown that the cells with treated PS layers have lower reflectivity value compared to cell with untreated PS layer. The main result is that the photovoltaic energy conversion efficiency of solar cells can be enhanced by using the treated porous silicon layers with the rare earth (Ce, La) as anti-reflection coatings. -- Highlights: • The reduction of optical loss in silicon (c-Si) solar cells attracts the attention of many researches to achieve high efficiencies. • To attain this aim, the treated PS layers with rare earth (La, Ce) are suggested to be used as an (ARC) of c-Si solar cell. • The result showed a decrease in the optical losses which can explain the improved photovoltaic properties

  15. Properties of the multicomponent and gradient PVD coatings

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    L.W. Żukowska

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: This paper presents investigation results of the properties of the multicomponent (Ti,AlN and gradient Ti(C,N wear resistant coatings, deposited with the PVD process onto the substrate from the cemented carbides, cermets and Al2O3+TiC type oxide tool ceramics.Design/methodology/approach: The methodology includes analysis of the mechanical and functional properties. The Ra parameter was assumed to be the value describing surface roughness. The microhardness tests using the Vickers method were made with use of dynamic ultra microhardness tester. The measurements were made in the „load - unload” mode. Tests of the coatings adhesion to the substrate material was made with use of the scratch test. Surface roughness tests were done both before depositing the coatings and after completing the PVD process. Cutting properties of the investigated materials were determined based on the technological continuous cutting tests of the EN-GJL-250 grey cast iron.Findings: Main properties of the investigated materials were introduced. It has been stated, that properties of the cemented carbides, cermets and oxide tool ceramics with deposited multicomponent (Ti,AlN and gradient Ti(C,N PVD coatings increase in comparison with uncoated material. Multiple increase of tool life result among other things from almost double increase of microhardness of PVD coated materials in comparison with uncoated cemented carbides, cermets and oxide tool ceramics, increasing of thermal and chemical wear resistance and improving of chip formation and removing process’ conditions.Practical implications: Pro-ecological dry cutting processes without the use of the cutting fluids and in the „Near-Net-Shape” technology.Originality/value: Application of multicomponent (Ti,AlN and gradient Ti(C,N types of coatings onto sintered tool materials in order to improve cutting properties of tools.

  16. Induction Heating Model of Cermet Fuel Element Environmental Test (CFEET)

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    Gomez, Carlos F.; Bradley, D. E.; Cavender, D. P.; Mireles, O. R.; Hickman, R. R.; Trent, D.; Stewart, E.

    2013-01-01

    Deep space missions with large payloads require high specific impulse and relatively high thrust to achieve mission goals in reasonable time frames. Nuclear Thermal Rockets (NTR) are capable of producing a high specific impulse by employing heat produced by a fission reactor to heat and therefore accelerate hydrogen through a rocket nozzle providing thrust. Fuel element temperatures are very high (up to 3000 K) and hydrogen is highly reactive with most materials at high temperatures. Data covering the effects of high-temperature hydrogen exposure on fuel elements are limited. The primary concern is the mechanical failure of fuel elements due to large thermal gradients; therefore, high-melting-point ceramics-metallic matrix composites (cermets) are one of the fuels under consideration as part of the Nuclear Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (NCPS) Advance Exploration System (AES) technology project at the Marshall Space Flight Center. The purpose of testing and analytical modeling is to determine their ability to survive and maintain thermal performance in a prototypical NTR reactor environment of exposure to hydrogen at very high temperatures and obtain data to assess the properties of the non-nuclear support materials. The fission process and the resulting heating performance are well known and do not require that active fissile material to be integrated in this testing. A small-scale test bed; Compact Fuel Element Environmental Tester (CFEET), designed to heat fuel element samples via induction heating and expose samples to hydrogen is being developed at MSFC to assist in optimal material and manufacturing process selection without utilizing fissile material. This paper details the analytical approach to help design and optimize the test bed using COMSOL Multiphysics for predicting thermal gradients induced by electromagnetic heating (Induction heating) and Thermal Desktop for radiation calculations.

  17. Enhanced performance of Al2O3 coated ZnO nanorods in CdS/CdSe quantum dot-sensitized solar cell

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    CdS/CdSe quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSCs) based on ZnO nanorods, 4.55 μm in length, were studied. Many studies have shown that the performance of QDSCs is limited by a recombination process. Therefore, the interface layer was fabricated on the surface of the ZnO nanorods to retard recombination at the interface between the semiconductor and electrolyte. Overall, the performance of the QDSCs was improved by a surface coating of aluminum isopropoxide (Al2O3) on the ZnO nanorod, which facilitates a decrease in electron recombination and increased adsorption of CdS/CdSe QDs on the ZnO nanorods. - Highlights: • Performance of quantum dot sensitized solar cell was improved by alumina core–shell. • Al2O3 layer acting as a barrier that improves VOC by impeding recombination. • Alumina-coated ZnO showed enhanced absorption intensity over the UV–visible region

  18. Correlation between the fine structure of spin-coated PEDOT:PSS and the photovoltaic performance of organic/crystalline-silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Funda, Shuji; Ohki, Tatsuya; Liu, Qiming; Hossain, Jaker; Ishimaru, Yoshihiro; Ueno, Keiji; Shirai, Hajime

    2016-07-01

    We investigated the relationship between the fine structure of spin-coated conductive polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiphene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) films and the photovoltaic performance of PEDOT:PSS crystalline-Si (PEDOT:PSS/c-Si) heterojunction solar cells. Real-time spectroscopic ellipsometry revealed that there were two different time constants for the formation of the PEDOT:PSS network. Upon removal of the polar solvent, the PEDOT:PSS film became optically anisotropic, indicating a conformational change in the PEDOT and PSS chain. Polarized Fourier transform infrared attenuated total reflection absorption spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy measurements also indicated that thermal annealing promoted an in-plane π-conjugated Cα = Cβ configuration attributed to a thiophene ring in PEDOT and an out-of-plane configuration of -SO3 groups in the PSS chain with increasing composition ratio of oxidized (benzoid) to neutral (quinoid) PEDOT, Iqui/Iben. The highest power conversion efficiency for the spin-coated PEDOT:PSS/c-Si heterojunction solar cells was 13.3% for Iqui/Iben = 9-10 without employing any light harvesting methods.

  19. Sintering of Mo2FeB2 based cermet and its layered composites containing Sic fibers

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    In the present investigation Mo2FeB2 based cermet (KH-C50) and its composites containing SiC fibers were sintered in two different atmospheres namely hydrogen and vacuum. It was observed that vacuum sintered samples have remarkably lower porosities than the hydrogen sintered ones. Two different sintering cycles were employed for each of the atmosphere and properties of the material were studied. Introduction of fibers in the composite imparts shrinkage anisotropy during sintering. Fiber containing cermets have rather poor densification and transverse rupture strength (TRS). TRS, macro and microhardness, and boride grain size measurements were also carried out for the cermets sintered in different atmospheres. (author)

  20. Model of deformation and fracture of TiB2+B4C based cermet under dynamic loading

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    One introduces a mathematical model describing deformation and fracture of titanium diboride and boron carbide base (TiB2+B4C) cermet with a metal binder under impact loading. TiB2+B4C base cermet with a metal binder was prepared by means of self-propagating high-temperature synthesis. In terms of the mentioned model one solved the problem dealing with penetration of TiB2+B4C base cermet into aluminium semi-infinite barrier

  1. Interaction on boundary of current-conducting and glass-forming phases in cermet films under annealing

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    The electron-probe microanalysis permits investigating the interaction on the boundary of current-conducting and glass-binding phases in cermet films without noble metals on the base of ruthenium oxide. The performed studies along with experiments on model microsections subject to annealing in different media have shown the differences in the process of formation of structure and properties of cermet resistive elements as well as a significance of the oxidation process of current-conducting phase in formation of high working characteristics of cermet resistors on the base of hexaborides of the rare-earth elements

  2. Optically optimal wavelength-scale patterned ITO/ZnO composite coatings for thin film solar cells

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    Moreau, Antoine; Centeno, Emmanuel; Seassal, Christian

    2012-01-01

    A new methodology is proposed for finding structures that are, optically speaking, locally optimal : a physical analysis of much simpler structures is used to constrain the optimization process. The obtained designs are based on a flat amorphous silicon layer (to minimize recombination) with a patterned anti-reflective coating made of ITO or ZnO, or a composite ITO/ZnO coating. These latter structures are realistic and present good performances despite very thin active layers.

  3. Multilayer and gradient PVD coatings on the sintered tool materials

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    D. Pakuła; J. Mikuła; K. Gołombek; L.A. Dobrzański

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: The paper presents investigation results of structure and properties of the multilayer and gradientTiN+(Ti,Al,Si)N+TiN nanocrystalline coatings deposited with the PVD method (CAE -Cathodic Arc Evaporationprocess) and in the combination of Al2O3 and TiN coatings in the CVD process on the substrate of cemented carbides,cermets, Al2O3+ZrO2, Al2O3+TiC, Al2O3+SiC(w) oxide ceramics and Si3N4 nitride ceramics.Design/methodology/approach: The structural investigation includes the metallograp...

  4. Hard and wear resistant coatings for cutting tools

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    K. Gołombek; L.A. Dobrzański

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: The paper presents investigation results of structure and properties of the cemented carbide tips and cermet tools, both uncoated and coated with single and multiple hard surface layers in the physical (PVD) and chemical (CVD) vapour deposition processes.Design/methodology/approach: SEM, TEM, X-ray, Microhardness, Scratch test, Cutting test.Findings: The TiN+gradient or multi (Ti,Al,Si)N+TiN system coatings deposited with the PVD method in the cathodic arc evaporation CAE onto the s...

  5. Plasma Spraying of Zirconium Carbide – Hafnium Carbide – Tungsten Cermets

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    Brožek, Vlastimil; Ctibor, Pavel; Cheong, D.-I.; Yang, S.-H.

    Vol. 3. Reutte: PlanseeGroup, 2009, s. 1-3. (GT49). ISBN N. [Plansee Seminar on High Performance PM Materials /17th./. Reutte (AT), 25.05.2009-29.05.2009] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20430508 Keywords : Hafnium carbide * zirconium carbide * tungsten cermets * plasma spraying * water stabilized plasma Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics

  6. Ball mill assisted synthesis of Ni-YSZ cermet anode by electroless technique and their characterization

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    Ni-YSZ composite cermet used as the anode material for solid oxide fuel cell is prepared by electroless technique involving an important sensitization process of YSZ. In the present investigation, the sensitization process of YSZ is carried out through cost-effective controlled ball milling. The effect of milling speed on electrical, thermal and microstructural properties of such anodes is investigated and optimized at 45 rpm. Microstructural analysis of the synthesized Ni-YSZ cermets prepared under the optimized milling conditions showed a core-shell microstructure with YSZ as core and fine metallic Ni particulates as the shell. The interconnected metallic Ni creates a conductive pathway at room temperature. Such type of unique core-shell anode cermet, results in higher electrical conductivity (σ800deg.C ∼ 500 S/cm) at much lower Ni content (∼33 vol%) compared to conventional anode cermet with thermal expansion coefficient (∼11.48 x 10-6 K-1) compatible to other cell components.

  7. Nickel-cermet anode for fuel elements with LSGM-electrolyte

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    Effect of certain process variables (burning temperature, interface layer thickness of the solid electrolyte Ce0.82Gd0.18O1.91 (GDC), quantity of the GDC-electrolyte in Ni-cermet) on electrochemical and electric properties of the nickel-cermet (Ni-GDC) anode for fuel elements with the La0.88Sr0.12Ga0.82Mg0.18O2.85 (LSGM) electrolyte is studied. It is shown that polarization resistance of such electrode depends weakly on the quantity of GDC-electrolyte in the Ni-cermet and on the interface GDC-layer thickness (4.5-23.5 μm), but it grows with the increase of sintering temperature of anode. Contact resistance is established to concentrate at the GDC/LSGM bound in cells with the developed nickel-cermet electrode. At 700 Deg C developed anodes make provision for the current density 1 A/cm2 at overwork less than 100 mV when using wet hydrogen and methane-oxygen mixture as fuel

  8. Coating and curing apparatus and methods

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    Brophy, Brenor L.; Gonsalves, Peter R.; Maghsoodi, Sina; Colson, Thomas E.; Yang, Yu S.; Abrams, Ze' ev R.

    2016-04-19

    Disclosed is a coating apparatus including flow coating and roll-coating that may be used for uniform sol-gel coating of substrates such as glass, solar panels, windows or part of an electronic display. Also disclosed are methods for substrate preparation, flow coating and roll coating. Lastly, systems and methods for curing sol-gel coatings deposited onto the surface of glass substrates using high temperature air-knives, infrared emitters and direct heat applicators are disclosed.

  9. Coating and curing apparatus and methods

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    Brophy, Brenor L; Maghsoodi, Sina; Neyman, Patrick J; Gonsalves, Peter R; Hirsch, Jeffrey G; Yang, Yu S

    2015-02-24

    Disclosed are coating apparatus including flow coating and roll-coating that may be used for uniform sol-gel coating of substrates such as glass, solar panels, windows or part of an electronic display. Also disclosed are methods for substrate preparation, flow coating and roll coating. Lastly systems and methods for skin curing sol-gel coatings deposited onto the surface of glass substrates using a high temperature air-knife are disclosed.

  10. Sulfur tolerant composite cermet electrodes for solid oxide electrochemical cells

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    Isenberg, Arnold O.

    1987-01-01

    An electrochemical apparatus is made containing an exterior electrode bonded to the exterior of a tubular, solid, oxygen ion conducting electrolyte where the electrolyte is also in contact with an interior electrode, said exterior electrode comprising particles of an electronic conductor contacting the electrolyte, where a ceramic metal oxide coating partially surrounds the particles and is bonded to the electrolyte, and where a coating of an ionic-electronic conductive material is attached to the ceramic metal oxide coating and to the exposed portions of the particles.

  11. The possible use of cermet fuel in the DIDO and PLUTO heavy-water research reactors

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    International restrictions on the supply of highly enriched uranium have resulted in the requirement to fuel research reactors with a lower-enrichment uranium fuel. A study has been made of the feasibility of using low-enrichment fuels of a new type in the DIDO and PLUTO reactors. This work has been done as a contribution to the studies currently being carried out internationally on the implications of using lower-enrichment fuels in heavy-water-moderated research reactors. The uranium content of the U/Al alloy at present used cannot be increased sufficiently to maintain the requisite U235 content without undesirable effects on the physical properties of the alloy. A different type of fuel will therefore be required to maintain the desired nuclear characteristics. A possible solution to the problem is the use of a cermet (U3O8/Al) fuel material. Cermet fuel has poorer thermal conductivity than metallic fuel, and may also contain particles of the ceramic of a size that approaches the total thickness of the cermet core. We therefore have to consider both the average temperature of the centre of the fuel and whether large particles of the ceramic may be significantly hotter than the average. This paper describes a preliminary study of the feasibility of this concept from the heat-transfer and safety viewpoints. Calculations have been made for a cermet of 20%-enrichment 2.3g U/cm3, used in a high-power element in a DIDO-type reactor. To accommodate the cermet, the cladding has been reduced in thickness to 0.318mm (0.0125 in) the core increasing to 1.044mm, but the fuel geometry is otherwise unchanged. It is concluded that from the heat-transfer viewpoint there is no problem during normal operation or the maximum credible power transient in these reactors. (author). 10 refs, 6 figs, 2 tabs

  12. Cermet Fuel Element (FE) on the basis of micro fuel - FE prototype for future power engineering

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    The FE with ceramic fuel and cladding of E110 alloy under average burnup depth of 43-45MW day/kg U with providing of 3 and 4 year operation periods are used successfully in WWER. The program had been developed for improving of the fuel cycles economical indexes and for further increasing the WWER operational characteristics. In this program the reactor safety increasing has been foreseen and also the coefficient of capacity using (KIUM) at the expense of the average implement of 55-60 MW day/kg U has been achieved. The program foresees also the integration of 5-6 year fuel cycle and other developments. It is planning to solve the pointed problems with help of traditional technical solution, directed to the improving of FE with ceramic fuel. In the present paper the design-engineering and experimental development results have been presented for creation of cermet FE on the basis of micro-fuel with matrix structure (in the further -the cermet FE) for WWER. The works have been carried out over period of the last 10 years in SRI SIA 'Luch' jointly with OKB 'Gidropress', VSRINM Bochvar name, RNTs 'Kurchatovsky institute', FEI and other. During the cermet FE introduction on the basis micro fuel at the NPP, external FE construction constant is kept. That allows installation of the new active zones without any sufficient changing of reactor installations constructions. Using of cermet FE in a new generation of WWER will allow to realize its quality in large volume, in particular, to create the first hermetic contour, to simplify and to reduce the price of safety systems, automatic adjustment, radiation protection, heat transfer purity, etc. The using of cermet FE, for example, in WWER may attach to the installation the exceeded operational properties of safety in different operation conditions, manoeuvrability, vibration strength, FA life time and FE geometrical stability

  13. Microstructural development and mechanical properties of iron based cermets processed by pressureless and spark plasma sintering

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    Highlights: ► Processing of Fe-based cermets by pressureless sintering and spark plasma sintering. ► Influence of carbon content on the sintering mechanism and hardness. ► The cermet phase diagram was calculated and permits to explain the microstructure. ► SPS provides ferritic matrix and different carbide distribution than CPS samples. ► Pressureless sintered samples contain retained austenite at room temperature. - Abstract: Iron-based cermets are an interesting class of metal-ceramic composites in which properties and the factors influencing them are to be explored. In this work the metal matrix contains Cr, W, Mo and V as alloying elements, and the hard phase is constituted by 50 vol% of titanium carbonitride (TiCN) particles. The work studies the influence of the C content and the processing method on the sinterability, microstructure and hardness of the developed cermet materials. For that purpose, cermet samples with different C content in the matrix (0 wt%, 0.25 wt%, 0.5 wt%, 1.0 wt%) were prepared by conventional pressureless sintering (CPS) and, in order to achieve finer microstructures and to reduce the sintering time, by spark plasma sintering (SPS). The density and hardness (HV30) of the processed materials was evaluated, while their phase composition and microstructure was characterised by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. The equilibrium phase diagram of the composite material was calculated by ThermoCalc software in order to elucidate the influence of the carbon content on the obtained phases and developed microstructures.

  14. Resource recovery of WC-Co cermet using hydrothermal oxidation technique

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    Gao Ningfeng [EcoTopia Science Inst., Nagoya Univ., Nagoya (Japan); Advanced Mfg. Research Inst., National Inst. of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Nagoya (Japan); Inagaki, F.; Sasai, R.; Itoh, H. [EcoTopia Science Inst., Nagoya Univ., Nagoya (Japan); Watari, K. [Advanced Mfg. Research Inst., National Inst. of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Nagoya (Japan)

    2005-07-01

    WC-Co cermet is widely used in industrial applications such as cutting tools, dies, wear parts and so on. It is of great importance to establish the recycling process for the precious metal resources contained in WC-Co cermet, because all these metals used in Japan are imported. In this paper we reported a hydrothermal oxidation technique using nitric acid for the reclamation of WC and Co. The WC-Co cermet specimens with various WC particle sizes and Co contents were hydrothermally treated in HNO{sub 3} aqueous solutions at temperatures of 110-200 C for durations of 6-240 h. The Co was preferentially leached out into the acidic solution, while the WC was oxidized to insoluble WO{sub 3} hydrate which was subsequently separated by filtration. The hydrothermal treatment parameters such as solvent concentrations, treatment temperatures, holding time were optimized in respect to different kinds of WC-Co cermets. A hydrothermal oxidation treatment in 3M HNO{sub 3} aqueous solution at 150 C for 24 h was capable of fully disintegrating the cermet chip composed of coarse WC grains of 1-5 {mu}m in size with 20 wt% of Co as binder. While the more oxidation resistant specimen composed of fine WC grains of 0.5-1.0 {mu}m in size with 13 wt% of Co, was completely disintegrated by a treatment in 7 M HNO{sub 3} aqueous solution at 170 C for 24 h. The filtered solid residues were composed of fine WO{sub 3}.0.33H{sub 2}O powder and a small amount of WO{sub 3}. The recovered WO{sub 3}.0.33H{sub 2}O powder can be easily returned to the industrial process for the synthesis of WC powder so that the overall recycling cost can be possibly lowered. (orig.)

  15. Deposition, structure, and properties of cermet thin films composed of Ag and Y-stabilized zirconia

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    This paper reports that Ag1-x[(Y2O3)0.1(ZrO2)0.9]x (YSZ) cermet thin films have been deposited by reactive magnetron cosputtering from Ag and Zr/Y targets in Ar-O2 mixtures. The deposition conditions were such that the YSZ component in the films was fully oxidized. The film densities varied from ∼75% to >85% as the total pressure was decreased from 20 to 5 mTorr. Film resistivities ρ varied with Ag volume fraction fAg from 5 x 10-6 Ω-cm to >109 Ω-cm. For fAg Ag. For fAg > 0.4, ρ decreased more gradually with increasing fAg. ρ in annealed films ranged from 4 x 10-4 Ω-cm for fAg = 0.4 to 5 x 10-6 Ω-cm for pure Ag. Long term (>100 h) annealing at ≥700 degrees C resulted in a gradual increase in cermet resistivity due to Ag evaporation and Ag segregation to surface islands. Both decomposition mechanisms were effectively suppressed due to Ag evaporation and Ag segregation to surface islands. Both decomposition mechanisms were effectively suppressed at up to 750 degrees C by depositing a 1 μm thick porous perovskite cap layer on the cermet. Complex impedance spectroscopy measurements in air of cermet electrodes on YSZ electrolytes gave interfacial resistances that were a factor of ∼6 lower than those of pure AG electrodes, e.g., 1.4 Ω-cm2 at 750 degrees C. Ag-YSZ cermets thus have potential as high-conductivity, low-overpotential air electrode materials for solid-oxide electrochemical devices operating at temperatures ≤750 degrees C

  16. Resource recovery of WC-Co cermet using hydrothermal oxidation technique

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    WC-Co cermet is widely used in industrial applications such as cutting tools, dies, wear parts and so on. It is of great importance to establish the recycling process for the precious metal resources contained in WC-Co cermet, because all these metals used in Japan are imported. In this paper we reported a hydrothermal oxidation technique using nitric acid for the reclamation of WC and Co. The WC-Co cermet specimens with various WC particle sizes and Co contents were hydrothermally treated in HNO3 aqueous solutions at temperatures of 110-200 C for durations of 6-240 h. The Co was preferentially leached out into the acidic solution, while the WC was oxidized to insoluble WO3 hydrate which was subsequently separated by filtration. The hydrothermal treatment parameters such as solvent concentrations, treatment temperatures, holding time were optimized in respect to different kinds of WC-Co cermets. A hydrothermal oxidation treatment in 3M HNO3 aqueous solution at 150 C for 24 h was capable of fully disintegrating the cermet chip composed of coarse WC grains of 1-5 μm in size with 20 wt% of Co as binder. While the more oxidation resistant specimen composed of fine WC grains of 0.5-1.0 μm in size with 13 wt% of Co, was completely disintegrated by a treatment in 7 M HNO3 aqueous solution at 170 C for 24 h. The filtered solid residues were composed of fine WO3.0.33H2O powder and a small amount of WO3. The recovered WO3.0.33H2O powder can be easily returned to the industrial process for the synthesis of WC powder so that the overall recycling cost can be possibly lowered. (orig.)

  17. Silicon nitride anti-reflection coating on the glass and transparent conductive oxide interface for thin film solar cells and modules

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    Iwahashi, T.; Morishima, M.; Fujibayashi, T.; Yang, R.; Lin, J.; Matsunaga, D.

    2015-10-01

    Anti-reflection coating (ARC) is well known as an important technique to enhance solar cell performance. Typical ARC has been applied on the glass surface to reduce light reflection loss at the air/glass interface. However, reflection loss occurs not only at glass surface but also at other interfaces such as glass/transparent conductive oxide (TCO) interface. The refractive index of SiNx is tunable from 1.6 to 2.7, and the range from 1.7 to 2.0 is suitable for ARC at glass/TCO interface. In this study, we examined the AR effect of silicon nitride (SiNx) deposited by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition at the glass/TCO interface with thin film silicon solar cell and module. Reflectivity reduction of 1.6% for glass/ZnO substrate has been obtained with optimal SiNx layer, which contribute 2.0% gain in cell efficiency. Besides, we also confirmed the relative efficiency gain of around 2% for large-sized solar module, leading to a world-record large area stabilized module conversion efficiency of 12.34%.

  18. Measurements of the reduced force coefficients for H2, N2, CO, and CO2 incident upon a solar panel array material, SiO2-coated Kapton, Kapton, and Z-93-coated Al

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    The reduced force coefficients were measured for H2, N2, CO, and CO2 incident upon a solar panel array material, SiO2-coated Kapton, Kapton, and Z-93-coated Al. The coefficients were determined by measuring both the magnitude and direction of the force exerted on the surfaces by molecular beams of the gases. Measurements were made at angles of incidence of 0 degree, 25 degree, 50 degree, 75 degree, and 85 degree. The forces were measured using a torsion balance with the surfaces mounted on the end of the lever arm. The absolute flux densities of the molecular beams were measured using a second torsion balance with a beam stop mounted on the lever arm that nullified the force of the scattered molecules. Flux measurements were also made using the effusive method. Standard time-of-flight techniques were used to determine the flux-weighted average velocities of the molecular beams. These velocities ranged from 1670 to 4620 m/s. The overall uncertainty in the reduced force coefficient measurements was estimated to be less than ±10%. These measurements were used to obtain the magnitude and direction of the flux-weighted average velocity of the scattered molecules, and also the flux-weighted translational kinetic energy of the scattered molecules. Analysis of this information provided insight into the microscopic details of the gas-surface interaction potential energy surface. copyright 1998 The American Physical Society

  19. Tribological study of hard coatings without cobalt intended to isolation components of PWR primary cooling system

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    The objective is to qualify coatings without cobalt to replace ''Stellites'' coatings in isolation valves of PWR primary cooling system, as Co is activated when passing in the reactor core and contaminated the cooling loop. Three families of coatings were tested: PVD thin films from 1 to 8 μm monolayers of Cr/Cx with x varying between 1.6 and 9.5 at% or multilayers of pure chromium and Cr/C1.6 at%, coatings with a thickness between 100 and 200 μm of cermets NiCry (y varying from 5 to 35 at%) matrix binding chromium or tungsten carbides, and thick coatings 2 mm thickness of cermets Nitronic 60 or Inconel 625 matrix binding 10, 20 or 30% titanium or niobium carbides. Stellite 6 (2 mm) is the reference coating for tribology. Coatings were qualified and selected by thermal shocks, corrosion and plane friction. The thin film and the thick families were disqualified by their destruction or by their high friction coefficient. Then coatings between 100 and 200 μm were used in a valve mock-up working in PWR primary cooling system pressure and temperature conditions. Tests show that these coatings have better wear or tightness performances than stellite 6, except for a slightly higher friction coefficient. (A.B.)

  20. The development of fabrication techniques for europia/iron cermets tips for coarse control arms in Dido and Pluto

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    The applicability of cermet-fabrication techniques to the production of europia/iron cermets for use as coarse-control arm tips in the materials test reactors DIDO and PLUTO has been investigated. Spheroids of europia were prepared by a dry agglomeration process. These were sintered, dispersed in iron powder and pressed into plates; the plates were then sintered to densify the iron matrix. These stages were optimised to produce a strong cermet with a europia density of 2.75 g/cm3. The uniformity of distribution of the absorber particles was confirmed by radiography, and adequate neutron-absorption worth by measurements carried out in the GLEEP reactor. An outline flow sheet has been prepared for the manufacture of europia/iron cermet plates suitable for use in the tips of DIDO and PLUTO coarse-control arms. (U.K.)

  1. Microstructural control of Ni-YSZ cermet anode for planer thin-film solid oxide fuel cells

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    Ni-Y2O3-stabilized ZrO2 (Ni-YSZ) cermet anode was fabricated for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) by conventional ceramic processing using NiO-YSZ composite particles. Microstructures of the anode were carefully characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The Ni-YSZ cermet anode was consisting of fine YSZ connections, as the conducting pass of oxygen ions, on the surface of Ni network, as that of electrons, with continuous pore structure and as that of gaseous species. No amorphous phases were present at the interface between Ni and YSZ, and there was an orientation relationship between Ni and YSZ grains (111)Ni//(111)YSZ. The cermet anode showed a high electrical performance at 800 deg. C. These results indicated that the electrochemical activity of the Ni-YSZ cermet anode was enhanced with the present microstructure

  2. Thermal conductivity of ZrO2-Mo and Mo-base metal-cermet laminar composites

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    Heat conduction is studied for composites consisting of alternating Mo and ZrO2-Mo cermet layers produced by compaction and sintering of cast 0.15-0.20 mm thick films. Thermal conductivity is studied by the method of stationary heat flow within the temperature range 550-900 K. It is established that the thermal conductivity may vary from 20 to 100 W/(mxgrad) depending on the cermet phase content

  3. Ti(C,N and (Ti,AlN hard wear resistant coatings

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    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Investigation the influence of kind of PVD coatings structure (homogenous or gradient on properties of deposited tool materials: cemented carbides and cermets.Design/methodology/approach: Analysis of the structure, analysis of the mechanical and functional properties: surface roughness, microhardness tests, scratch tests, cutting tests. The Ti(C,N gradient coating was investigated by XPS method with multifunctional PHI 5700/660 spectrometer. The characteristic of surface region coating were determined from XPS depth profile. X-ray qualitative phase analysis and the grazing incidence X-ray diffraction method (GIXRD was employed to collect the detailed information about phase composition of investigated material’s surface layer. Microstructural of investigations substrates and coatings by transmission electron miocroscopy (TEM were done.Findings: Results of the investigation the influence of PVD coatings structure (homogenous or gradient and kind on properties of coated tool materials: cemented carbides and cermets are given in the paper. Coatings are characterized by dense, compact structure, there have been identified no pores, fractures and discontinuities. The coatings were deposited uniformly onto the investigated substrate materials and show a characteristic columnar, fine-graded structure. The results of roughness, microhardness and cutting tests confirm the advantages of the PVD coatings. The coatings deposited onto the investigated substrates are characterised by good adhesion and causes increasing of wear resistance. The grazing incidence X-ray diffraction method (GIXRD in the investigated coatings were used to describe the structure and gradient character of the coatings.Practical implications: Deposition of hard, thin, gradient coatings on materials surface by PVD method features one of the most intensely developed directions of improvement of the working properties of materials.Originality/value: New techniques of gradient

  4. Flow coating apparatus and method of coating

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    Hanumanthu, Ramasubrahmaniam; Neyman, Patrick; MacDonald, Niles; Brophy, Brenor; Kopczynski, Kevin; Nair, Wood

    2014-03-11

    Disclosed is a flow coating apparatus, comprising a slot that can dispense a coating material in an approximately uniform manner along a distribution blade that increases uniformity by means of surface tension and transfers the uniform flow of coating material onto an inclined substrate such as for example glass, solar panels, windows or part of an electronic display. Also disclosed is a method of flow coating a substrate using the apparatus such that the substrate is positioned correctly relative to the distribution blade, a pre-wetting step is completed where both the blade and substrate are completed wetted with a pre-wet solution prior to dispensing of the coating material onto the distribution blade from the slot and hence onto the substrate. Thereafter the substrate is removed from the distribution blade and allowed to dry, thereby forming a coating.

  5. Preparation and properties of 4. 25Cu-0.75Ni/NiFe2O4 cermet

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    LI Jie; ZHANG Gang; LAI Yan-qing; TIAN Zhong-liang; QIN Qing-wei

    2005-01-01

    4.25Cu-0.75Ni/NiFe2 O4 cermets were prepared by doping NiFe2 O4 ceramic matrix with the mixed powders of Cu and Ni or Cu-Ni alloy powder as the electrical conducting metallic elements. The effects of technological parameters, such as the adding modes of metallic elements, the ball milling time, the sintering time and the sintering temperature, on the relative density and resistivity of the cermets were studied. The results show that the resistivity of 4.25Cu-0.75Ni/NiFe2 O4 cermets decreases with increasing temperature, and has a turning point at 590 ℃, which is similar to that of NiFe2 O4 ceramic. The sintering temperature and adding modes of metallic elements have a great influence on the properties of 4. 25Cu-0. 75Ni/NiFe2O4 cermets. When the sintering temperature increases from 1 200 ℃ to 1 300 ℃, the relative density increases from 89.86% to 95.33 %0, and the resistivity at 960 ℃ decreases and Ni, the cermets of finely and uniformly dispersed metallic phase, high density and electric conductivity are obples sintered at 1 200 ℃ for 2 h, which are both better than those of the cermets prepared under the same technique conditions but with the metallic elements added as 85Cu-15Ni alloy powders.

  6. On a fast reactor cycle scheme that incorporates a thoria-based minor actinide-containing cermet fuel

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    A fast reactor cycle scheme that incorporates a thoria-based minor actinide-containing cermet fuel is given. The present cermet fuel consists of an oxide solid solution of Th and minor actinides and Mo-inert matrix. It has been proposed as a high-performance device that can enhance minor actinide incineration in a fast reactor cycle. It is used in an independent small sub-cycle, whereby dedicated cycle technologies are adopted. Two-step reprocessing process was proposed for the present cermet fuel; it consists of a pre-removal of Mo-inert matrix and an actinide recovery. A preliminary test for the pre-removal of Mo-inert matrix was carried out using a surrogate cermet fuel. Burnup characteristics of a fast reactor core loaded with the cermet fuel were investigated by using neutronic calculation codes. It was revealed that a heterogeneous composition of Mo-inert in inner and outer cores may lead to an effective transmutation of minor actinides and a flattered power density. It was concluded that the present cermet fuel was potentially promising as a high-performance incineration device of minor actinides for fast reactors. (author)

  7. Medium area, flexible single and tandem junction solar cells based on roll coated semi-random copolymers

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    Andersen, Thomas Rieks; Dam, Henrik Friis; Burkhart, Beate;

    2014-01-01

    We report on medium area (1 cm2) slot-die coated organic photovoltaic devices (OPVs) of a recently developed semi-random copolymer of poly-3-hexylthiophene and diketopyrrolopyrrole (P3HTT–DPP- 10%) mixed with phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester ([60]PCBM). The devices were prepared using a compa...

  8. Performance enhancement of mc-Si solar cells due to synergetic effect of plasma texturization and SiN{sub x}:H AR coating

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    Prasad, B.; Bhattacharya, S.; Saxena, A.K.; Reddy, S.R.; Bhogra, R.K. [BHEL-ASSCP, C/o BHEL House, Siri Fort, New Delhi 110049 (India)

    2010-08-15

    The present paper discusses the plausible physical processes dominant during plasma texturization of multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si) wafers, deposition of silicon nitride (SiN{sub x}) antireflection (AR) coating and firing of contacts through it. During plasma texturization, it is observed that by using low RF power density and loading wafers on the ground electrode, the texturization process is dominated by chemical etching. The resulting surface of the wafer shows low-reflectivity (<10% in wavelength range 350-800 nm) and low-defect density leading to improved minority carrier lifetime. It is postulated that plasma-etched nanoscale structures accelerate the migration of hydrogen released during firing of contacts. As a result of these physical processes, an improvement up to {proportional_to}2.4% in absolute efficiency of large area ({proportional_to}149 cm{sup 2}) multicrystalline silicon solar cells has been achieved. (author)

  9. Coating effect of electrospun nanofibers of Nb-doped TiO2 mixed in photoelectrode of dye sensitized solar cells

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    Horie, Yuji; Deguchi, Makoto; Guo, Shirong; Aoki, Keisuke; Nomiyama, Teruaki

    2014-01-01

    Electrospun nanofibers (NFs) of Nb doped TiO2 (TNO) were added as a conductive agent to TiO2 mesoporous layer in dye sensitized solar cells. In order to improve the mobility of carriers in NFs by reducing the barrier at grain boundaries among constituent nanoparticles in NFs, the surface of TNO-NFs was coated with a thin TNO layer by pulsed laser deposition with changing the deposition time td. It was found that the inter-grain space was filled first at td ≤ 5 min, and the diffusion velocity vD of carriers was increased by more than 10 times. Since Jsc showed an increase of ˜15% while vD and the electron lifetime τe decreased at td > 10 min, the carrier injection from dye/TiO2 nanoparticles to TNO-NFs was considered to be promoted.

  10. The physics of plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition for large-area coating: industrial application to flat panel displays and solar cells

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    Designing plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) reactors to coat large-area glass plates (∼1 m2) for flat panel display or solar cell manufacturing raises challenging issues in physics and chemistry as well as mechanical, thermal, and electrical engineering, and material science. In such reactive glow discharge plasma slabs, excited at RF frequency (from 13.56 MHz up to ∼100 MHz), the thin-film deposition uniformity is determined by the gas flow distribution, as well as the RF voltage distribution along the electrodes, and by local plasma perturbations at the reactor boundaries. All these aspects can be approached by analytical and numerical modelling. Moreover, the film properties are largely determined by the plasma chemistry involving the neutral radicals contributing to film growth, the effect of ion bombardment, and the formation and trapping of dust triggered by homogeneous nucleation. This paper will review progress in this field, with particular emphasis on modelling developments. (author)

  11. The physics of plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition for large-area coating: industrial application to flat panel displays and solar cells

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    Perrin, Jerome [Unaxis-Balzers A.G., Central R and D, PO Box 1000, FL-9496 Balzers (Liechtenstein); Schmitt, Jacques [Unaxis-France S.A., Display Technology, 5 rue Leon Blum, F-91120, Palaiseau (France); Hollenstein, Christoph; Howling, Alan; Sansonnens, Laurent [Centre de Recherche en Physique des Plasmas, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, PPH Ecublens, CH - 1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)

    2000-12-01

    Designing plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) reactors to coat large-area glass plates ({approx}1 m{sup 2}) for flat panel display or solar cell manufacturing raises challenging issues in physics and chemistry as well as mechanical, thermal, and electrical engineering, and material science. In such reactive glow discharge plasma slabs, excited at RF frequency (from 13.56 MHz up to {approx}100 MHz), the thin-film deposition uniformity is determined by the gas flow distribution, as well as the RF voltage distribution along the electrodes, and by local plasma perturbations at the reactor boundaries. All these aspects can be approached by analytical and numerical modelling. Moreover, the film properties are largely determined by the plasma chemistry involving the neutral radicals contributing to film growth, the effect of ion bombardment, and the formation and trapping of dust triggered by homogeneous nucleation. This paper will review progress in this field, with particular emphasis on modelling developments. (author)

  12. An Overview of Current and Past W-UO[2] CERMET Fuel Fabrication Technology

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    Douglas E. Burkes; Daniel M. Wachs; James E. Werner; Steven D. Howe

    2007-06-01

    Studies dating back to the late 1940s performed by a number of different organizations and laboratories have established the major advantages of Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) systems, particularly for manned missions. A number of NTP projects have been initiated since this time; none have had any sustained fuel development work that appreciably contributed to fuel fabrication or performance data from this era. As interest in these missions returns and previous space nuclear power researchers begin to retire, fuel fabrication technologies must be revisited, so that established technologies can be transferred to young researchers seamlessly and updated, more advanced processes can be employed to develop successful NTP fuels. CERMET fuels, specifically W-UO2, are of particular interest to the next generation NTP plans since these fuels have shown significant advantages over other fuel types, such as relatively high burnup, no significant failures under severe transient conditions, capability of accommodating a large fission product inventory during irradiation and compatibility with flowing hot hydrogen. Examples of previous fabrication routes involved with CERMET fuels include hot isostatic pressing (HIPing) and press and sinter, whereas newer technologies, such as spark plasma sintering, combustion synthesis and microsphere fabrication might be well suited to produce high quality, effective fuel elements. These advanced technologies may address common issues with CERMET fuels, such as grain growth, ductile to brittle transition temperature and UO2 stoichiometry, more effectively than the commonly accepted ‘traditional’ fabrication routes. Bonding of fuel elements, especially if the fabrication process demands production of smaller element segments, must be investigated. Advanced brazing techniques and compounds are now available that could produce a higher quality bond segment with increased ease in joining. This paper will briefly address the history of

  13. An Overview of Current and Past W-UO[2] CERMET Fuel Fabrication Technology

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    Studies dating back to the late 1940s performed by a number of different organizations and laboratories have established the major advantages of Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) systems, particularly for manned missions. A number of NTP projects have been initiated since this time; none have had any sustained fuel development work that appreciably contributed to fuel fabrication or performance data from this era. As interest in these missions returns and previous space nuclear power researchers begin to retire, fuel fabrication technologies must be revisited, so that established technologies can be transferred to young researchers seamlessly and updated, more advanced processes can be employed to develop successful NTP fuels. CERMET fuels, specifically W-UO2, are of particular interest to the next generation NTP plans since these fuels have shown significant advantages over other fuel types, such as relatively high burnup, no significant failures under severe transient conditions, capability of accommodating a large fission product inventory during irradiation and compatibility with flowing hot hydrogen. Examples of previous fabrication routes involved with CERMET fuels include hot isostatic pressing (HIPing) and press and sinter, whereas newer technologies, such as spark plasma sintering, combustion synthesis and microsphere fabrication might be well suited to produce high quality, effective fuel elements. These advanced technologies may address common issues with CERMET fuels, such as grain growth, ductile to brittle transition temperature and UO2 stoichiometry, more effectively than the commonly accepted 'traditional' fabrication routes. Bonding of fuel elements, especially if the fabrication process demands production of smaller element segments, must be investigated. Advanced brazing techniques and compounds are now available that could produce a higher quality bond segment with increased ease in joining. This paper will briefly address the history of CERMET

  14. Elaboration of Conductive Polymer thin films (P3HT/PCBM) by spin coating method - Application for hybrid organic solar cell

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    The nanostructured polymer-fullerene thin film is one of the most prominent materials to make the hybrid bulk heterofunction solar cell (BHJ) with high conversion efficiency. Especially when the blend of P3HT and PCBM was used as a donor and accepter materials. The properties of P3HT and PCBM layer in solar cell has been much studied and considered as high performance systems. One of the important factors for the high performance device is the fabrication of photoactive layer with the appropriate thickness and morphology. In the ideal case, the intermolecular distance between the polymer and fullerene should be appropriately 10-20 nm (the exciton diffusion distance) giving an area of extensive contact between the two phases. After the dissociation of carriers, the two polymer phases should create the path way for carriers to reach electrodes. But so far, this ideal configuration has not been published. In this work, we have elaborated the P3HT and PCBM photoactive layers by spin coating method on glass substrates covered ITO electrode. The rotational velocity was determined to get the necessary effective thickness of the polymer film. The annealing effect on structure, optical and electrical properties of the polymer thin film with different content of PCBM were also investigated. The experiments show the best device on electrode ITO has I-V characteristic as a photodiode and short circuit current (Isc) about milli-Ampere. These results demonstrate convincingly that polymer layers elaborated by spin coating method can result a good performance of the device. (author)

  15. Development of textured ZnO-coated low-cost glass substrate with very high haze ratio for silicon-based thin film solar cells

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    Hongsingthong, Aswin, E-mail: aswin.hongsingthong@nectec.or.th [Solar Energy Technology Laboratory, National Electronics and Computer Technology Center, 112 Thailand Science Park, Phahonyothin Road, Khlong 1, Khlong Luang, Pathumthani 12120 (Thailand); Krajangsang, Taweewat; Limmanee, Amornrat; Sriprapha, Kobsak; Sritharathikhun, Jaran [Solar Energy Technology Laboratory, National Electronics and Computer Technology Center, 112 Thailand Science Park, Phahonyothin Road, Khlong 1, Khlong Luang, Pathumthani 12120 (Thailand); Konagai, Makoto [Department of Physical Electronics, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2-12-1, NE-15, O-okayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8552 (Japan)

    2013-06-30

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) films with a very high haze ratio and low resistivity were developed on soda–lime glass substrate by using reactive ion etching (RIE) treatment with carbon tetrafluoride (CF{sub 4}) to modify the substrate surface morphology before the deposition of ZnO films. We found that the surface morphology of the ZnO films deposited by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) technique could be modified by varying the glass treatment conditions and the gas pressure was a key parameter. With increasing glass-etching pressure, the surface morphology of the ZnO films changed from conventional pyramid-like single texture to greater cauliflower-like double texture, leading to significant increases in root mean square roughness and haze ratio of the films. By employing the developed high-haze ZnO films as a front transparent conductive oxide (TCO) layer in microcrystalline silicon solar cells, an enhancement in the quantum efficiency in the long-wavelength region has been achieved. Experimental results have verified that our unique and original glass etching treatment is a simple and effective technique to improve the light-scattering properties of the ZnO films while preserving their good transparency and electrical properties. Thus, the ZnO films deposited on etched soda–lime glass have a high potential for the use as a front TCO layer in thin-film Si solar cells. - Highlights: • High-haze zinc oxide (ZnO) grown on low cost soda–lime glass has been developed. • Surface of the ZnO can be modified by varying glass-substrate etching conditions. • Glass-etching pressure is a key to increase haze ratio of the ZnO films. • Higher cell efficiency has been achieved from cell using etched glass. • High-haze ZnO coated glass is a promising transparent conductive oxide coated glass.

  16. A novel method for crystalline silicon solar cells with low contact resistance and antireflection coating by an oxidized Mg layer

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    Lee, Jonghwan; Lee, Youn-Jung; Ju, Minkyu; Ryu, Kyungyul; Kim, Bonggi; Yi, Junsin

    2012-01-01

    One of the key issues in the solar industry is lowering dopant concentration of emitter for high-efficiency crystalline solar cells. However, it is well known that a low surface concentration of dopants results in poor contact formation between the front Ag electrode and the n-layer of Si. In this paper, an evaporated Mg layer is used to reduce series resistance of c-Si solar cells. A layer of Mg metal is deposited on a lightly doped n-type Si emitter by evaporation. Ag electrode is screen printed to collect the generated electrons. Small work function difference between Mg and n-type silicon reduces the contact resistance. During a co-firing process, Mg is oxidized, and the oxidized layer serves as an antireflection layer. The measurement of an Ag/Mg/n-Si solar cell shows that V oc, J sc, FF, and efficiency are 602 mV, 36.9 mA/cm2, 80.1%, and 17.75%, respectively. It can be applied to the manufacturing of low-cost, simple, and high-efficiency solar cells.

  17. Hydrothermal Synthesis of TiO2 Porous Hollow Nanospheres for Coating on the Photoelectrode of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Madhu Mohan, Varishetty; Murakami, Kenji

    2012-02-01

    Various sizes of TiO2 hollow nanosphers were synthesized by a hydrolysis followed by the hydrothermal treatment using different water content and titanium isopropoxide (TTIP) while the remaining components such as methylamine, ethanol and acetonitrile were kept as a constant. We synthesized the various sizes of spheres, 150, 250, 400, 450, and 600 nm in diameter; those are represented as SP150, SP250, SP400, SP450, and SP600. The prepared spheres diameters were confirmed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). These spheres were coated by using a simple spray technique with the TiO2 colloidal solution as a scattering layer for the TiO2 photoelectrode of dye-sensitized solar cells. Optical absorption measurements did not find a difference in the dye adsorption amount with and without the scattering layer. The scattering effect was observed by incident photon to current conversion efficiency (IPCE) measurements especially in the wavelength region of 550-700 nm. The current-voltage (I-V) measurements show that the scattering layer with 450 nm spheres coated on the photoelectrode gave the improved photovoltaic performances compared to other diameters of the spheres. In the present study, the best energy conversion efficiency of 9.56% was obtained for the photoelectrode with the scattering layer, while the pure photoelectrode without the layer gave 8.4%.

  18. MEH-PPV and PCBM Solution Concentration Dependence of Inverted-Type Organic Solar Cells Based on Eosin-Y-Coated ZnO Nanorod Arrays

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    Riski Titian Ginting

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The influence of polymer solution concentration on the performance of chlorobenzene- (CB- and chloroform- (CF- based inverted-type organic solar cells has been investigated. The organic photoactive layers consisted of poly(2-methoxy-5-(2-ethyl hexyloxy-1,4-phenylenevinylene (MEH-PPV and (6,6-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM were spin coated from CF with concentrations of 4, 6, and 8 mg/mL and from CB with concentrations of 6, 8, and 10 mg/mL onto Eosin-Y-coated ZnO nanorod arrays (NRAs. Fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO and silver (Ag were used as electron collecting electrode and hole collecting electrode, respectively. Experimental results showed that the short circuit current density and power conversion efficiency increased with decrease of solution concentration for both CB and CF devices, which could be attributed to reducing charge recombination in thinner photoactive layer and larger contact area between the rougher photoactive layer and Ag contact. However, the open circuit voltage decreased with decreasing solution concentration due to increase of leakage current from ZnO NRAs to Ag as the ZnO NRAs were not fully covered by the polymer blend. The highest power conversion efficiencies of 0.54 ± 0.10% and 0.87 ± 0.15% were achieved at the respective lowest solution concentrations of CB and CF.

  19. Improved performance of TiO2 electrodes coated with NiO by magnetron sputtering for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    TiO2 electrodes are coated with NiO by DC magnetron sputtering, and their structural, optical and electrochemical performance has been investigated. X-ray diffractometry (XRD), UV-vis spectrophotometry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), AC impedance, and linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) are used to characterize the TiO2/NiO electrodes. Their performance is evaluated with a computer controlled electrochemical workstation in combination with three conventional electrodes. The experimental results indicate that the surface modification of TiO2 electrodes with sputtered NiO reduces trap sites on TiO2 and improves the electrochemical performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Sputtering NiO for 7 min, which is about 21 nm thick, on 6.5 μm thick TiO2 greatly improves the DSSC parameters, and the conversion efficiency increases from 3.21 to 4.16%. Mechanisms of the influence of the NiO coating on electrochemical performance are discussed.

  20. Composite Coatings of Alumina-based Ceramics and Stainless Steel Manufactured by Plasma Spraying

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    Ctibor, Pavel; Ageorges, H.; Neufuss, Karel; Zahálka, F.

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 15, č. 2 (2009), s. 108-114. ISSN 1392-1320 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR 1QS200430560 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20430508 Keywords : Cermet * plasma spraying * microstructure * elastic modulus * wear resistance Subject RIV: JH - Ceramics, Fire-Resistant Materials and Glass Impact factor: 0.299, year: 2009 http://internet.ktu.lt/en/science/journals/medz/medz0-97.html#Composite_Coatings_

  1. Effect of oxygen/fuel ratio on the in-flight particle parameters and properties of HVOF WC–CoCr coatings

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    Picas Barrachina, Josep Anton; Punset Fusté, Miquel; Baile Puig, Maria Teresa; Martín Fuentes, Enrique; Forn Alonso, Antonio

    2010-01-01

    High Velocity Oxy-Fuel (HVOF) spray techniques can produce high performance alloy and cermet coatings for applications that require wear resistant surfaces. In HVOF spraying heat is produced by burning mixtures of oxygen and fuel, mainly hydrogen, kerosene, propane, propylene, natural gas or acetylene. In these processes, the particle velocity and temperature determine the resultant coating properties and in many cases enables a better understanding of the process. The aim o...

  2. Dye-sensitized solar cell architecture based on indium-tin oxide nanowires coated with titanium dioxide

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    A new architecture for dye-sensitized solar cells is employed, based on a nanostructured transparent conducting oxide protruding from the substrate, covered with a separate active oxide layer. The objective is to decrease electron-hole recombination. The concept was tested by growing branched indium-tin oxide nanowires on glass using pulsed laser deposition followed by deposition of a sputtered titanium dioxide layer covering the wires. The separation of charge generation and charge transport functions opens many possibilities for dye-sensitized solar cell optimization

  3. Polymer solar cells based on a PEDOT:PSS layer spin-coated under the action of an electric field

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    In the process of fabrication of polymer photovoltaic (PV) devices, poly (3, 4-ethylenedioxythiophene): poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) thin film, acting as an anode buffer layer, is spin-coated under the action of an electric field. The PV devices with a PEDOT:PSS layer spin-coated under the action of a static electric field exhibit improved short-circuit current density (Jsc) and power conversion efficiency (PCE). The investigation of morphology shows that the appropriate intensity of the electric field can increase the roughness of the surface of the PEDOT:PSS layer, which results in improved contact between the anode and hole transport layer and thus enhances the Jsc of the devices. Chemical analysis is also provided by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) spectra

  4. Effects of metal binder on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Ti(C,N)-based cermets

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    Xu, Qingzhong; Ai, Xing, E-mail: aixingsdu@163.com; Zhao, Jun; Gong, Feng; Pang, Jiming; Wang, Yintao

    2015-09-25

    Highlights: • Ni–Co binder improves the solid solution reaction and the wetting of hard phases. • Cermets with 25 wt.% binder have evenly distributed grains with moderate rims. • Co/(Ni + Co) ratios influence the grain sizes and microstructure features of cermets. • The cermets with pure Co as binder exhibit optimal mechanical properties. - Abstract: To optimize the mechanical properties of Ti(C,N)-based cermets used as tool materials, the cermets with different Ni–Co binder contents and Co/(Ni + Co) weight ratios were prepared. The effects of metal binder content and Co/(Ni + Co) ratio on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Ti(C,N)-based cermets were investigated by scanning electron microscope (SEM) with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and measuring the transverse rupture strength (TRS), Vickers hardness (HV) and fracture toughness (K{sub IC}). The experimental results reveal that increasing Ni–Co binder content can increase the thickness of rim phases by improving the solid solution reaction and the wetting of hard phases. The cermets with 25 wt.% binder addition present good comprehensive mechanical properties, which is attributed to the moderate rim phases and uniformly distributed Ti(C,N) grains. The Co/(Ni + Co) weight ratios in binder have a great influence on the grain sizes and microstructure features of Ti(C,N)-based cermets, in virtue of the synergic effects between the wettability of Co and the solubilizing capacity of Ni on hard phases. The cermets with pure Co as binder exhibit optimal mechanical properties with a TRS of 1767 ± 81 MPa, a hardness of 12.26 ± 0.10 GPa and a K{sub IC} of 8.40 ± 0.47 MPa m{sup 1/2}, which meet the requirements for tool materials. And the cermets with a Co/(Ni + Co) ratio of 0.2 have the second best mechanical properties with a TRS of 1848 ± 201 MPa, a hardness of 11.12 ± 0.40 GPa and a K{sub IC} of 9.43 ± 0.54 MPa m{sup 1/2}, in which the lower hardness can

  5. Effect of heating rate on the mechanical properties and microstructure of Ti(C,N)-based cermets

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    An appropriate heating rate in the sintering process is crucial to obtain the Ti(C,N)-based cermets with superior properties. In this paper, Ti(C,N)-based cermets were sintered to investigate the influence of heating rate on the mechanical properties and microstructure of the cermet materials. The transverse rupture strength (TRS), Vickers hardness (HV) and fracture toughness (KIC) were tested. The microstructure, indention crack, fracture morphology and phase composition of the cermets were also studied by scanning electron microscope (SEM) with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The results reveal that the heating rate has a great influence on the mechanical properties and microstructure of Ti(C,N)-based cermets. The cermets sintered at the heating rate of 3 °C/min between 1300 °C and 1430 °C have the optimum comprehensive mechanical properties with a transverse rupture strength of 1605±107 MPa, a hardness of 12.02±0.25 GPa and a fracture toughness of 10.73±0.40 MPa m1/2. The heating rate can affect the reaction among the constituents of Ti(C,N)-based cermets and then influence the elements distribution in the core–rim microstructures and the lattice parameter of Ti(C,N) phase. When the heating rate is between 2 °C/min and 5 °C/min, the lower the heating rate is, the coarser the Ti(C,N) grains become. A higher heating rate is detrimental to the formation of core–rim microstructures, and a lower heating rate can result in grain coarsening and inhomogeneous microstructure. The observation of indention cracks and fracture surfaces show that the intergranular cracks and intergranular fractures mainly occur in the cermets with larger binder mean free path and medium grains. While the cleavage fractures appear more in the cermets with grain coarsening, and the transgranular fractures exist more in the cermets with non-fully developed fine grains

  6. Effect of heating rate on the mechanical properties and microstructure of Ti(C,N)-based cermets

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    Xu, Qingzhong; Ai, Xing, E-mail: aixingsdu@163.com; Zhao, Jun; Zhang, Hongshan; Qin, Wenzhen; Gong, Feng

    2015-03-25

    An appropriate heating rate in the sintering process is crucial to obtain the Ti(C,N)-based cermets with superior properties. In this paper, Ti(C,N)-based cermets were sintered to investigate the influence of heating rate on the mechanical properties and microstructure of the cermet materials. The transverse rupture strength (TRS), Vickers hardness (HV) and fracture toughness (K{sub IC}) were tested. The microstructure, indention crack, fracture morphology and phase composition of the cermets were also studied by scanning electron microscope (SEM) with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The results reveal that the heating rate has a great influence on the mechanical properties and microstructure of Ti(C,N)-based cermets. The cermets sintered at the heating rate of 3 °C/min between 1300 °C and 1430 °C have the optimum comprehensive mechanical properties with a transverse rupture strength of 1605±107 MPa, a hardness of 12.02±0.25 GPa and a fracture toughness of 10.73±0.40 MPa m{sup 1/2}. The heating rate can affect the reaction among the constituents of Ti(C,N)-based cermets and then influence the elements distribution in the core–rim microstructures and the lattice parameter of Ti(C,N) phase. When the heating rate is between 2 °C/min and 5 °C/min, the lower the heating rate is, the coarser the Ti(C,N) grains become. A higher heating rate is detrimental to the formation of core–rim microstructures, and a lower heating rate can result in grain coarsening and inhomogeneous microstructure. The observation of indention cracks and fracture surfaces show that the intergranular cracks and intergranular fractures mainly occur in the cermets with larger binder mean free path and medium grains. While the cleavage fractures appear more in the cermets with grain coarsening, and the transgranular fractures exist more in the cermets with non-fully developed fine grains.

  7. Corrosion Evaluation of Alloys and MCrAlX Coatings in Molten Carbonates for Thermal Solar Applications

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    Gomez-Vidal, Judith C.; Noel, John; Weber, Jacob

    2016-12-01

    Stainless steels (SS) 310, 321, 347, Incoloy 800H (In800H), alumina-forming austenitic (AFA-OC6), Ni superalloy Inconel 625 (IN625), and MCrAlX (M: Ni, and/or Co; X: Y, Hf, Si, and/or Ta) coatings were corroded in molten carbonates in N2 and bone-dry CO2 atmospheres. Electrochemical tests in molten eutectics K2CO3-Na2CO3 and Na2CO3-K2CO3-Li2CO3 at temperatures higher than 600 degrees C were evaluated using an open-circuit potential followed by a potentiodynamic polarization sweep to determine the corrosion rates. Because the best-performing alloys at 750 degrees C were In800H followed by SS310, these two alloys were selected as the substrate material for the MCrAlX coatings. The coatings were able to mitigate corrosion in molten carbonates environments. The corrosion of substrates SS310 and In800H was reduced from ~2500 um/year to 34 um/year when coated with high-velocity oxyfuel (HVOF) NiCoCrAlHfSiY and pre-oxidized (air, 900 degrees C, 24 h, 0.5 degrees C/min) before molten carbonate exposure at 700 degrees C in bone-dry CO2 atmosphere. Metallographic characterization of the corroded surfaces showed that the formation of a uniform alumina scale during the pre-oxidation seems to protect the alloy from the molten carbonate attack.

  8. Sol-gel niobium pentoxide : a promising material for electrochromic coatings, batteries, nanocrystalline solar cells and catalysis

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    Michel A. Aegerter

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    In the last decade the sol-gel process became a promising method to synthesize materials in form of coatings, nanoscale powders and porous systems. The technique has been mainly used at laboratory scale and has brought interesting contributions for the development of new nanomaterials. Nevertheless, several products or devices made with such a process already exist and new ones should be available in the market in the near future. This paper briefly reviews the state of the art in the develop...

  9. Adsorption and photocatalytic degradation of pharmaceuticals and pesticides by carbon doped-TiO2 coated on zeolites under solar light irradiation.

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    An, Ye; de Ridder, David Johannes; Zhao, Chun; Schoutteten, Klaas; Bussche, Julie Vanden; Zheng, Huaili; Chen, Gang; Vanhaecke, Lynn

    2016-01-01

    To evaluate the performance of zeolite-supported carbon-doped TiO(2) composite catalysts toward target pollutants under solar light irradiation, the adsorption and photocatalytic degradation of 18 pharmaceuticals and pesticides with distinguishing features (molecular size and volume, and photolysis) were investigated using mordenite zeolites with SiO(2)/Al(2)O(3) ratios of 18 and 240. Different quantities of carbon-doped TiO(2) were coated on the zeolites, and then the finished composite catalysts were tested in demineralized, surface, and hospital wastewater samples, respectively. The composite photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, and surface area and porosity analyses. Results showed that a dispersed layer of carbon-doped TiO(2) is formed on the zeolite surface; this layer blocks the micropores of zeolites and reduces their surface area. However, these reductions did not significantly affect adsorption onto the zeolites. Our results demonstrated that zeolite-supported carbon-doped TiO(2) systems can effectively degrade 18 pharmaceuticals and pesticides in demineralized water under natural and simulated solar light irradiation. In surface and hospital wastewaters, zeolite-supported carbon-doped TiO(2) systems present excellent anti-interference capability against radical scavengers and competitive organics for pollutants removal, and higher pollutants adsorption on zeolites evidently enhances the removal rate of target pollutants in surface and hospital wastewater samples with a complicated matrix. PMID:27332831

  10. Development of Mo base alloys for conductive metal-alumina cermet applications

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    A study of thermal expansion for binary Mo-V and ternary Mo-V-Fe/Mo-V-Co alloys has been conducted, with the aim of finding a composition which matches the CTE of 94% alumina ceramic. The overall goal was to identify an alloy which can be used in conductive 27 vol.% metal/73 vol.% alumina cermets. Besides thermal expansion properties, two additional requirements exist for this alloy: (1) compatibility with a hydrogen sinter fire atmosphere and (2) a single phase BCC microstructure. They have identified a ternary alloy with a nominal composition of Mo-22wt.% V-3Fe for use in cermet fabrication efforts. This paper summarizes thermal expansion properties of the various alloys studied, and compares the results with previous CTE data for Mo-V binary alloys

  11. Lateral stress evolution in chromium sulfide cermets with varying excess chromium

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    Petel, O. E.; Appleby-Thomas, G. J.; Wood, D. C.; Capozzi, A.; Nabavi, A.; Goroshin, S.; Frost, D. L.; Hazell, P. J.

    2016-04-01

    The shock response of chromium sulfide-chromium, a cermet of potential interest as a matrix material for ballistic applications, has been investigated at two molar ratios. Using a combustion synthesis technique allowed for control of the molar ratio of the material, which was investigated under near-stoichiometric (cermet) and excess chromium (interpenetrating composite) conditions, representing chromium:sulfur molar ratios of 1.15:1 and 4:1, respectively. The compacts were investigated via the plate-impact technique, which allowed the material to be loaded under a one-dimensional state of strain. Embedded manganin stress gauges were employed to monitor the temporal evolution of longitudinal and lateral components of stress in both materials. Comparison of these two components has allowed assessment of the variation of material shear strength both with impact pressure/strain-rate and time for the two molar ratio conditions. The two materials exhibited identical material strength despite variations in their excess chromium contents.

  12. Fundamentals of liquid phase for modern cermets and functionally graded cemented carbonitrides (FGCC)

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    Metallurgical reactions and microstructure developments during sintering of modern cermets and functionally graded cemented carbonitrides (FGCC) were investigated by modern thermal and analytical methods such as mass spectrometer (MS), differential thermal analysis (DTA), differential scanning calorimeter (DSC), dilatometer (DIL), microscopy and analytical electronic microscopy with energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS). The complex phase reactions and phase equilibrium in the multi-component system Ti/Mo/W/Ta/Nb/C,N-Co/Ni were studied. The melting behaviors in the systems of TiC-WC/MoC-Ni/Co, TiC-TiN-WC-Co and TiCN-TaC-WC-Co have been established. By better understanding of the mechanisms that govern the sintering processing and metallurgical reactions, new cermets and different types of functionally graded cemented carbonitrides (FGCC) with desired microstructures and properties were developed and fabricated. (author)

  13. The AC conduction in Ag - Al2O3 cermet sandwich structures

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    We have prepared cermet thin ms of Ag - Al2O3 sandwiched between Al electrodes by evaporation of the elements onto glass substrates in vacuo of 10-6 torr. Conductance and loss factor were obtained in evaporated Al/Ag - Al2O3/Al sandwich structures for m thickness ∼ 100 to 200nm containing 5 to 20 wt % Ag in the Al2O3 matrix at room temperature. The ac conductivity of Ag-Al2O3 cermet thin ms can be presented by the form AωS. The losses are discussed on the basis of concept of Goswami and Goswami model and are found to be in conformity with this model. (author)

  14. Cermet anode with continuously dispersed alloy phase and process for making

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    Marschman, Steven C.; Davis, Norman C.

    1989-01-01

    Cermet electrode compositions and methods for making are disclosed which comprise NiO--NiFe.sub.2 O.sub.4 --Cu--Ni. Addition of an effective amount of a metallic catalyst/reactant to a composition of a nickel/iron/oxide, NiO, copper, and nickel produces a stable electrode having significantly increased electrical conductivity. The metallic catalyst functions to disperse the copper and nickel as an alloy continuously throughout the oxide phase of the cermet to render the electrode compositon more highly electrically conductive than were the third metal not present in the base composition. The third metal is preferably added to the base composition as elemental metal and includes aluminum, magnesium, sodium and gallium. The elemental metal is converted to a metal oxide during the sintering process.

  15. Comparative study on ammonia oxidation over Ni-based cermet anodes for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Molouk, Ahmed Fathi Salem; Yang, Jun; Okanishi, Takeou; Muroyama, Hiroki; Matsui, Toshiaki; Eguchi, Koichi

    2016-02-01

    In the current work, we investigate the performance of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) with Ni‒yttria-stabilized zirconia (Ni-YSZ) and Ni‒gadolinia-dope ceria (Ni-GDC) cermet anodes fueled with H2 or NH3 in terms of the catalytic activity of ammonia decomposition. The cermet of Ni-GDC shows higher catalytic activity for ammonia decomposition than Ni-YSZ. In response to this, the performance of direct NH3-fueled SOFC improved by using Ni-GDC anode. Moreover, we observe further enhancement in the cell performance and the catalytic activity for ammonia decomposition with applying Ni-GDC anode synthesised by the glycine-nitrate combustion process. These results reveal that the high performance of Ni-GDC anode for the direct NH3-fueled SOFC results from its mixed ionic-electronic conductivity as well as high catalytic activity for ammonia decomposition.

  16. Submersion criticality safety of tungsten-rhenium urania cermet fuel for space propulsion and power applications

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    Highlights: • Criticality safety studies consider a generic space nuclear reactor in reentry scenarios. • Describes the submersion criticality behavior for a reactor fueled with a tungsten cermet fuel. • Study considers effects of varying fuel content, geometry, and other conditions. - Abstract: Nuclear thermal rockets are the preferred propulsion technology for a manned mission to Mars, and tungsten–uranium oxide cermet fuels could provide significant performance and cost advantages for nuclear thermal rockets. A nuclear reactor intended for use in space must remain subcritical before and during launch, and must remain subcritical in launch abort scenarios where the reactor falls back to Earth and becomes submerged in terrestrial materials (including seawater, wet sand, or dry sand). Submersion increases reflection of neutrons and also thermalizes the neutron spectrum, which typically increases the reactivity of the core. This effect is typically very significant for compact, fast-spectrum reactors. This paper provides a submersion criticality safety analysis for a representative tungsten/uranium oxide fueled reactor with a range of fuel compositions. Each submersion case considers both the rhenium content in the matrix alloy and the uranium oxide volume fraction in the cermet. The inclusion of rhenium significantly improves the submersion criticality safety of the reactor. While increased uranium oxide content increases the reactivity of the core, it does not significantly affect the submersion behavior of the reactor. There is no significant difference in submersion behavior between reactors with rhenium distributed within the cermet matrix and reactors with a rhenium clad in the coolant channels. The combination of the flooding of the coolant channels in submersion scenarios and the presence of a significant amount of spectral shift absorbers (i.e. high rhenium concentration) further decreases reactivity for short reactor cores compared to longer cores

  17. Structure and electric resistivity of sintered and plasma sprayed tungsten-based cermets

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    Brožek, Vlastimil; Ctibor, Pavel; Cheong, D.-I.; Yang, S.-H.; Sedláček, J.

    Bratislava : STU Bratislava, 2009 - (Koman, M.; Mikloš, D.), s. 68-69 ISBN 978-80-89088-81-2. - (Joint Seminar). [Joint Seminar – Development of materials science in research and education/19th./. Závažná Poruba (SK), 31.08.2009] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20430508 Keywords : Electric resistivity * Plasma spraying * refractory cermets * zirconium carbide Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics

  18. Submersion criticality safety of tungsten-rhenium urania cermet fuel for space propulsion and power applications

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    Craft, A.E., E-mail: aaron.craft@inl.gov [Center for Space Nuclear Research (CSNR), INL, Idaho Falls, ID (United States); O’Brien, R.C., E-mail: Robert.OBrien@inl.gov [Center for Space Nuclear Research (CSNR), INL, Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Howe, S.D., E-mail: Steven.Howe@inl.gov [Center for Space Nuclear Research (CSNR), INL, Idaho Falls, ID (United States); King, J.C., E-mail: kingjc@mines.edu [Nuclear Science and Engineering Program, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 80401 (United States)

    2014-07-01

    Highlights: • Criticality safety studies consider a generic space nuclear reactor in reentry scenarios. • Describes the submersion criticality behavior for a reactor fueled with a tungsten cermet fuel. • Study considers effects of varying fuel content, geometry, and other conditions. - Abstract: Nuclear thermal rockets are the preferred propulsion technology for a manned mission to Mars, and tungsten–uranium oxide cermet fuels could provide significant performance and cost advantages for nuclear thermal rockets. A nuclear reactor intended for use in space must remain subcritical before and during launch, and must remain subcritical in launch abort scenarios where the reactor falls back to Earth and becomes submerged in terrestrial materials (including seawater, wet sand, or dry sand). Submersion increases reflection of neutrons and also thermalizes the neutron spectrum, which typically increases the reactivity of the core. This effect is typically very significant for compact, fast-spectrum reactors. This paper provides a submersion criticality safety analysis for a representative tungsten/uranium oxide fueled reactor with a range of fuel compositions. Each submersion case considers both the rhenium content in the matrix alloy and the uranium oxide volume fraction in the cermet. The inclusion of rhenium significantly improves the submersion criticality safety of the reactor. While increased uranium oxide content increases the reactivity of the core, it does not significantly affect the submersion behavior of the reactor. There is no significant difference in submersion behavior between reactors with rhenium distributed within the cermet matrix and reactors with a rhenium clad in the coolant channels. The combination of the flooding of the coolant channels in submersion scenarios and the presence of a significant amount of spectral shift absorbers (i.e. high rhenium concentration) further decreases reactivity for short reactor cores compared to longer cores.

  19. Cermet insert high voltage holdoff improvement for ceramic/metal vacuum devices

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    Ierna, W.F.

    1986-03-11

    An improved metal-to-ceramic seal is provided wherein the ceramic body of the seal contains an integral region of cermet material in electrical contact with the metallic member, e.g., an electrode, of the seal. The seal is useful in high voltage vacuum devices, e.g., vacuum switches, and increases the high-voltage holdoff capabilities of such devices. A method of fabricating such seals is also provided.

  20. Some neutron and gamma radiation characteristics of plutonium cermet fuel for isotopic power sources

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    Neff, R. A.; Anderson, M. E.; Campbell, A. R.; Haas, F. X.

    1972-01-01

    Gamma and neutron measurements on various types of plutonium sources are presented in order to show the effects of O-17, O-18 F-19, Pu-236, age of the fuel, and size of the source on the gamma and neutron spectra. Analysis of the radiation measurements shows that fluorine is the main contributor to the neutron yields from present plutonium-molybdenum cermet fuel, while both fluorine and Pu-236 daughters contribute significantly to the gamma ray intensities.