GE Research uses 3D printing to design Ultra Performance Heat Exchanger | 4/16/2019 | Staff
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GE Research is leading a $2.5 MM project through the Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (ARPA-E) High Intensity Thermal Exchange through Materials and Manufacturing Processes program (HITEMMP) to develop a high temperature, high pressure and super-compact heat exchanger enabled by additive manufacturing technology.

GE is partnering with University of Maryland and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop a Ultra Performance Heat Exchanger that will operate at temperatures exceeding 1,650 °F and pressures >3,600 psi. The novel heat exchanger that would enable cleaner, more efficient power generation in both existing and next generation power plant platforms.

Peter - DeBock - Principal - Thermal - Engineer

Peter deBock, a Principal Thermal Engineer for GE Research and project leader on the ARPA-E award, says the unique blend of skillsets on the team will yield a new heat exchanger design that breaks new efficiency barriers. “We’re taking our deep knowledge in metals and thermal management and applying it in ways we couldn’t have before through the power of 3D printing, deBock said. “With 3D printing, we can now achieve new design architectures previously not possible. And this will allow us to create an ‘UPHEAT’ device that can operate cost effectively at temperatures 250°C (450°F) degrees higher than today’s heat exchangers.”

deBock noted that heat exchangers perform a similar function to...
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