World leading research on
corrosion at high temperatures
With the Swedish Energy Agency as a co-financier, the High Temperature Corrosion Center HTC works in close collaboration with companies to create cost-effective materials for industrial processes and make Sweden’s energy system more eco-friendly.
HTC’s goal is to make Sweden’s companies and academies more competitive internationally, this is achieved through a combination of research and practical tests together with HTC’s member companies.
Working for a greener future
High-temperature corrosion occurs in many processes, for example in boilers that generate electricity through combustion of biomass and waste, gasification of biomass and in engines, and in other processes.
Corrosion reduces plant service life, limits the use of fuels and hinders the development of more economical and environmentally sustainable processes and systems.
The aim of HTC’s work is to create an understanding of why corrosion occurs, and helps develop new, more corrosion resistant materials. The research creates a framework in which findings are generalised and can be applied across a range of different industries.
By creating materials that are more heat resistant, making it possible to raise temperatures in e.g. furnaces, higher process efficiencies can be achieved. This provides both environmental and commercial benefits.
One of HTC’s goals is to improve the competitiveness of green electricity compared to fossil fuels.
The Swedish Energy Agency, Chalmers University of Technology and 18 member companies finance HTC’s research. For the companies, this means the collaboration provides threefold research value for every invested krona.
Real-world field tests
Since its start in 1996, HTC has grown to become a leading international player within high-temperature corrosion research.
Applied research with real-world field tests on-site at our member companies, academic research at Chalmers and collaboration with RISE IVF, RISE KIMAB and KTH Royal Institute of Technology provide advances on a broad front at the highest scientific level.
Extensive collaborations and international courses
Sandvik Materials Technology and E.ON are two of the original member companies who are still with us today.
HTC has extensive collaborations, and the companies see a direct benefit from our work. Research into finding more costeffective and eco-friendly materials is always of interest to the industry and there are always new goals to achieve.
In addition to research, HTC is also responsible for spreading knowledge on high temperature corrosion in Sweden. One example is the international course for the employees of member companies and doctoral students. HTC also contributes with expertise in the corrosion courses that are a part of Chalmers’ master’s programme.
Since the start, HTC has graduated around 50 Ph.D students who have gone on to work at colleges, universities and companies all around the world.