The construction of nuclear power plants is a delicate operation, and the material used must be approved by what is called "the Code". For the first in 30 years, researchers from the Idaho National Laboratory introduced a new material to "the Code".
This material is called Alloy 617, made from nickel, chromium, cobalt and molybdenum. This new material could expand the operating range of high-temperature nuclear power plants, and give designer more flexibility on what materials they can use. In fact, Alloy 617 can withstand temperatures of 950 degrees Celsius.
Using the right material in buildings is essential, and Alloy 617 could be the material of future advanced nuclear power plants.
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