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PostPosted: Dec 28, 2014 9:17 am 
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Wasn't there a presentation at TEAC two years ago that basicaly said it was INcompatible?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ykln5fyBM9E

Dr. Boyd presented on this subject at TEAC5.

To the best of my knowledge, a molten salt test loop is coming to Georgia Tech via a DOE program for the molten salt cooled reactor. AFAIK FLINAK and FLIBE will be tested, and SiC is supposed to be one of the materials tested.

If I understand correctly, it will be about 6 months to a year or so before the loop is actually testing, and until then it will be a lot of theoretical work. I should be able to work on it as an undergraduate, but if I can make it to grad school I'll be able to work on it as my thesis, I think.


I am impressed by Dr. Boyd's knowledge, combined with his contagious enthusiasm for his field it is very interesting to watch his presentations.

Though I think the issue of redox control was not sufficiently discussed. It should be key (along with salt purity control) for getting SiC to work. Still it may not work for fuel salt even if it works for very reducing, highly pure FLiBe.


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PostPosted: Jan 15, 2015 3:25 pm 
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EWI reports on a new high temp braze material for bonding silicon carbide.

https://www.atimetals.com/news/corrosio ... derick.pdf

This uses silicon and aluminum, not sure what the second one is, must be a new element. Only found in America of course.

More seriously though this might work for MSR application as well. The aluminium and silicon would have to be passivated with some pyro carbon coating or the like, perhaps backed up with nickel deposition to be sure.


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PostPosted: Jan 16, 2015 2:56 pm 
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The "Aluminum" vs "Aluminium" story is a bit strange.

The metal was isolated in England and named "Aluminum" by it's discoverer.
An American said "That's a dumb name, its a metal, it should end with "ium" like lithium and sodium".
The Brits said, "You are right, we will call it Aluminium".
The Americans said "Aluminum is easier to say.
So the Brits use that American compatible word and the Americans use the Brit lazy word.

There may be a lesson in there somewhere.

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PostPosted: Jan 16, 2015 5:20 pm 
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That's a good story. Very ironic. Or is it ironiumic?

The whole element naming system is a disaster, I always thought this strange since this is clearly a scientist area that are very precise about such things.

Helium should be helon, silicon should be silicium - it is in my native language but in turn we get confusion about silicon which gets mistranslated as silicone gel. Sodium is ridiculous, who can't pronounce Natrium? Ditto for Tungsten, come on how do you get to Tungsten from Wolfram. Its almost as if the people involved were being deliberately obtuse. Or maybe the stories are similar to the aluminum spelling with competing countries not getting along and being silly.


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PostPosted: Jan 16, 2015 5:23 pm 
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Best one is how in Germany iodine's symbol is J.


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Best one is how in Germany iodine's symbol is J.
I suspect it is for the same reason that Johann S Bach's first name is pronounced Iohann.

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PostPosted: Jul 29, 2018 8:32 pm 
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I read elsewhere that SiC could be compatible with molten tin.

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