Fluids and Containment Materials Compatibility Research

    Research output: NRELTechnical Report


    The objective of the research at SERI on fluids and containment materials compatibility is to ensure that materials and fluids for advanced high temperature solar thermal energy systems have adequate durability and suitable properties in the solar thermal environment. This environment includes diurnal cycling of the receiver, thermal transients due to clouds, and high intensities of solarradiation that can result in very rapid heating of receiver parts. The fluids required for advanced receivers with operating temperatures higher than 600 degrees C are expected to give rise to additional issues of corrosion and erosion of the containment materials in contact with these fluids. The advanced fluids currently receiving the most attention are molten alkali carbonate salt and solidparticles, both of which can be used in central receivers to absorb concentrated solar radiation.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages12
    StatePublished - 1985

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TP-255-2699


    • concentrated solar radiation
    • heat transfer fluid
    • molten alkali carbonate salt
    • solar thermal energy systems
    • solid particles


    Dive into the research topics of 'Fluids and Containment Materials Compatibility Research'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this