Effects of system temperature on the performance of a low-temperature solid oxide fuel cell

Yan Ji, Shalabh C. Maroo, J. N. Chung

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Abstract

The main objective of this paper is to develop a multiscale model for the simulation of heat/mass transport and electrochemical process in a solid oxide fuel cell. The model is then used to evaluate the effects of lowering the operating temperature for a solid oxide fuel cell. This model consists of two sub-models, i.e., a micro-scale sub-model and a macro-scale submodel. The macro-scale sub-model is based on the continuum conservation laws. The microscale sub-model addresses the complex relationships among the transport phenomena in the electrodes and electrolyte, which include the transport of electron, ion and gas molecules through the composite electrodes, electrolyte and three-phase boundary region. After integrating the two sub-models, the dependence of electrochemical performance on the temperature, global geometrical parameter and microstructures (porosity, volume fraction, composite ratio, etc.) were assessed. Results demonstrate that for a reduced temperature solid oxide fuel cell with composite electrodes, its performance is also lowered due to a higher ohmic loss in electrolyte and a slower electrochemical kinetics in the cathode. Among the various micro-structure parameters for electrodes, the particle size and TPB length are the most important factors that dominate the performance of a reduced temperature SOFC. In addition, optimal thicknesses for the electrodes exist. It is believed that the current work will provide a valuable model approach, which can be used to help understand the complex transport phenomena in electrodes and optimize the design of a reduced temperature solid oxide fuel cell.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication47th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event47th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Jan 5 2009Jan 8 2009

Publication series

Name47th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition

Other

Other47th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period1/5/091/8/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering

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    Ji, Y., Maroo, S. C., & Chung, J. N. (2009). Effects of system temperature on the performance of a low-temperature solid oxide fuel cell. In 47th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition [2009-0705] (47th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition).