Materials Processing Institute, Trent Refractories and Kanthal to research impact of hydrogen on industrial processes

The Materials Processing Institute, Trent Refractories and Kanthal are to undertake a three-year hydrogen research project to examine its potential impact on industrial processes.

The research will focus on the effect of hydrogen on refractories, the heat resistant materials that form the linings for high-temperature furnaces, crucibles, ladles, and kilns – primarily used in the iron and steel industry.

It will also test a range of electrical elements, for use in high temperature applications to discover any advances that need to be made to ensure full operating demands are fulfilled under an aggressive hydrogen atmosphere.

The initial phase will involve the testing of refractory materials supplied by Scunthorpe-headquartered Trent Refractories to mitigate any degradation caused by hydrogen.

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