Thermal Hydraulics Laboratory

Dr. Mark Anderson

Liquid Salts

The University of Wisconsin - Madison has done a considerable amount of work researching various liquid salts for energy transport systems. Included in these salts are fluoride salts (FLiNak, LiF-NaF-KF (46.5-11.5-42 at %)), magnesium chloride salts (MgCl2-KCl eutectic mixture (32-68 at%) and nitrate salts (NaNO3-KNO3 (40-60 wt%), LiNO3-NaNO3-KNO3 (30-52-18 wt%). Through this work we have conducted several studies to:

Most of the work to date was conducted with lower melting temperature nitrate salts, however considerable work has also been conducted with the higher melting temperature fluoride and chloride salts. This report summarizes some of the lessons learned in each of these areas.

Details of the specific measurements and findings are presented in a series of additional reports prepared by the University of Wisconsin for the DOE and industrial partners.