Seminar: High temperature corrosion in energy systems
Presented by Associate Professor Paul Gannon from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Montana State University.
High-temperature (>500°C) corrosion is ubiquitous in energy conversion and industrial systems, e.g., engines/turbines, fuel cells and chemical processing, and can significantly limit system performance and durability. This presentation will review these challenges and interdisciplinary efforts at MSU to address them. Specifically, designing and operating meaningful laboratory-scale facsimiles of industrial applications, and using these to investigate the evolution of materials in corrosive environments will be discussed.
Paul is an associate professor in chemical and biological engineering at Montana State University (MSU). He earned BS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from MSU in 2002 and 2007 while enjoying collaborative research with Arcomac Surface Engineering in Bozeman and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA. Since 2008, Paul has been on the faculty at MSU where he directs a high-temperature materials laboratory and has increasingly engaged in engineering education research. His laboratory has produced over two dozen peer-reviewed journal articles describing work done by numerous graduate and undergraduate students, and he is author of Introduction to Energy, Environment and Sustainability, 3rd Ed., published by Kendall Hunt. The High-Temperature Materials Laboratory in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at Montana State University in Bozeman supports both fundamental and applied research into the behavior of materials in extreme environments relevant to energy conversion systems.