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Title: Ceramic heat exchanger

Abstract

A tube containment system is disclosed. The tube containment system does not significantly reduce heat transfer through the tube wall. The contained tube is internally pressurized, and is formed from a ceramic material having high strength, high thermal conductivity, and good thermal shock resistance. The tube containment system includes at least one ceramic fiber braid material disposed about the internally pressurized tube. The material is disposed about the tube in a predetermined axial spacing arrangement. The ceramic fiber braid is present in an amount sufficient to contain the tube if the tube becomes fractured. The tube containment system can also include a plurality of ceramic ring-shaped structures, in contact with the outer surface of the tube, and positioned between the tube and the ceramic fiber braid material, and/or at least one transducer positioned within tube for reducing the internal volume and, therefore, the energy of any shrapnel resulting from a tube fracture. 6 figs.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Hague International
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
672612
Patent Number(s):
5765596
Application Number:
PAN: 8-491,038
Assignee:
HPS Merrimac, Portland, ME (United States)
DOE Contract Number:  
FC21-90MC26008; AC21-94MC31327
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 16 Jun 1998
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING NOT INCLUDED IN OTHER CATEGORIES; HEAT EXCHANGERS; DESIGN; HEAT TRANSFER; CERAMICS; PRESSURE TUBES

Citation Formats

LaHaye, P G, Rahman, F H, Lebeau, T P, and Severin, B K. Ceramic heat exchanger. United States: N. p., 1998. Web.
LaHaye, P G, Rahman, F H, Lebeau, T P, & Severin, B K. Ceramic heat exchanger. United States.
LaHaye, P G, Rahman, F H, Lebeau, T P, and Severin, B K. Tue . "Ceramic heat exchanger". United States.
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