A consortium which includes Energy Industries of Ohio, the Electric Power Research Institute, Inc., and four major US boiler manufacturers (the Babcock & Wilcox Company, Riley Power, Foster Wheeler, and Alstom Power) is conducting a 5-year materials development program to advance the technology in coal-fired power generation. As part of this development effort, new high temperature, corrosion resistant alloys must be evaluated and qualified for dependable operation in a corrosive coal-fired environment to produce steam for Ultra Supercritical (USC) cycle operation up to 760°C (1400°F) and 35 MPa (5000 psi.) To evaluate the fireside corrosion resistance of candidate materials for USC power generation, two superheater test loops comprised of seven different advanced alloys were designed and fabricated by the Babcock and Wilcox Company (B&W) in Barberton, Ohio. These loops were installed at the Reliant Energy power plant located in Niles, OH, and testing of these loops was initiated in December, 2003. Following a minimum of 18 months of testing, the loops will be removed for metallurgical examination and assessment by B&W. This paper describes some of the considerations in designing, fabricating, and installing the two USC test loops, as well as the methodology for monitoring their performance during operation.

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