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NETL - PittsburghU.S. Department of EnergyNETL626 Cochrans Mill RoadP.O. Box 10940PittsburghPA15236-0940
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Robert L. Mohn
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It is the National Energy Technical Laboratory?s (NETL) intent to award a purchase order on a sole source basis to Westinghouse Plasma Corporation, Madison, PA toConduct high temperature testing of Thermal Barrier Coatings (TBC) with an applied thermal flux while rotating a tubular architecture for extended periods of time, as well as the capabilities for on-line viewing of the surface characteristics of the aging TBC, all of which are the requirements of NETL. This is considered a sole source to the Westinghouse Plasma Corporation because the high temperature, isostatic, bench-scale testing is typically used to initiate development of new thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) for advanced turbine applications. Further development and assessment of material stability under an applied thermal flux is typically not addressed in these simple, bench-scale, isostatic test facilities. The Westinghouse Plasma Corporation has the capability for exposure of advanced TBC coatings to inert, reducing or oxidizing conditions, achieving external surface temperatures of 1350 degrees C, and internal bond coat temperatures of 900 degrees C, while the in ternal surface of the metal support structure can be maintained at temperatures <700 degrees C. During thermal flux testing, the TBC matrix is rotated (0-1000 rpm) to minimize the temperature gradient around the circumference of the sample. Additionally, the matrix can be subjected to thermal cycling (10 min ? 24 hrs). A mid-wall thermocouple is used to monitor the temperature of the TBC matrix during testing, while the external surface temperature is measured at various locations along the length of the sample through the use of a moving pyrometer. This is not a formal solicitation. This synopsis is not considered a request for quotation or proposal. No solicitation document is available and telephone requests will not be honored. No contract will be awarded on the basis of offers received in response to this notice. All responsible sources may submit a capability statement, proposal or quotation, which shall be considered by the agency. Challenges must demonstrate the capability to provide all of the above listed specifications for the item(s) being requested (software licenses and accompany support service). If no challenges to acquire this (these) item(s) are received by 5:30 PM ET on September 9, 2009, the government reserves the right to execute an award without publishing a solicitation. A determination by the government not to compete this proposed award based on this notice is solely within the discretion of the government. Detailed capabilities must be submitted to robert.mohn@netl.doe.gov no later tha n the time and date noted above.
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