The power generation industry worldwide aims to develop coal-fired boilers operating at much higher efficiencies than current supercritical plants. This increased efficiency is expected through ultrasupercritical steam conditions, requiring new materials for critical components. To limit the use of expensive alloying materials, it is necessary to maximize the strength and corrosion capabilities across the material spectrum from ferritic to austenitic and nickel-based alloys. Sandvik Materials Technology has developed an austenitic alloy, Sanicro 25, with excellent high-temperature strength and corrosion resistance using an economical alloy composition. The alloy is designed for use within 700°C (1300°F)/300 bar (4500 psi) steam conditions and is a leading candidate material for such high-temperature applications. This paper introduces Sanicro 25, its development status, and properties.

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