The construction of highly efficient, coal-burning Ultra Supercritical (USC) boiler systems to operate with steam temperatures up to 760°C (1400°F) and with steam pressures up to 35 MPa (5000 psi) will require the use of advanced high temperature, high strength materials. As part of a 5-year project to develop boiler materials for advanced USC power plants, principally funded by the Department of Energy (U.S. DOE No. DE-FG26-01NT41175) and the Ohio Coal Development Office (OCDO No. D-00-20), six alloys have been selected for development and implementation in USC boiler systems. The selected alloys are Haynes 230 (produced by Haynes International), Inconel 740 (produced by Special Metals Corp.), CCA 617 (produced by Krupp VDM GMBH), HR6W, Super 304H, and SAVE 12 (all three produced by Sumitomo Metal Industries). In this project, one of the goals has been to establish boiler fabrication guidelines for the use of these alloys. The principal objectives have been 1) to understand the behavior of these materials when subjected to conventional boiler fabrication processes, 2) to determine the thermomechanical treatments or other actions necessary to restore material properties which might degrade due to fabrication operations, and 3) to investigate prototypical manufacturing operations for producing both thick wall components (such as headers) and thin wall components (such as superheaters) from the USC alloys. This paper discusses some of the characteristics of these alloys, describes the technical approach used to assess their fabricability, and presents some of the results that have thus far been generated in this task effort.

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