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Case Study

Improving Critical Rocket Engine Performance with Advanced Metal AM

According to the US DOE, “Supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) power cycles have the potential to reduce the cost of concentrating solar power (CSP) by far more efficiently converting high-temperature solar heat into electricity.” In addition, moving to sCO2 can also drastically reduce the size of the power plant by almost a 300:1 ratio.
But leveraging the power of Super Critical CO2 also has its challenges: Gasses at temperatures of 700C, varying in pressure from 8-25bar, running through hermetically sealed, compact, structures, to name a few.
Decreasing the size of a generator opens opportunities but increases the engineering challenge. Super alloys like IN718 are attractive for corrosion resistance and high temperatures, but are difficult to machine. Given these requirements, manufacturing solutions for these applications can be nearly impossible. Until Now!

Compressor-housing 3D printed on Velo3D’s Sapphire printer. Interior has been machined to produce fully functional prototype, ready for testing by the Department of Energy.

At a Glance

Learn the challenges of producing advanced supercritical CO2 solutions

Unique approaches that Mohawk Innovative took to reach a successful manufacturing strategy

Benefits of leveraging Velo3D’s end-to-end metal AM solution

Changes to the landscape of what is now manufacturable

Do More and Go Further with Velo3D

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