Swanson School to share in $8.8 million DOE funding

The Swanson School of Engineering is leading a research collaboration that will share in nearly $8.8 million in Department of Energy funding to develop technologies that enhance fossil energy power systems.

The team — Wei Xiong, assistant professor, and Albert To, associate professor, both in the mechanical engineering department, along with Michael Klecka at the United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford, Conn. — received $750,000 in DOE funding. They will focus on using 3D printing to create graded alloys in a shorter time and at a lower cost for fossil energy power plants.

The program is being managed locally by DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh’s South Hills.