THREE-DIMENSIONAL MODELLING OF THERMAL STRESSES IN A PLANAR SOLID OXIDE FUEL CELL OF A NOVEL DESIGN


Abstract

The presented modelling investigation was carried out to analyze thermal stresses and expansion in an anode supported planar Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (pSOFC). The temperature distribution was based on previously developed thermo-electrochemical model predicting fuel cell operation. The design of a single pSOFC consisted of three ceramic layers of membrane electrode assembly: anode, electrolyte, cathode and two cross-flow bipolar plates with 26 ribs. The gases flowed diagonally from one cell corner to the opposite one. The fuel and air flows were cross-wise opposed on each bipolar plate side. The study allowed to indicate the most vulnerable to thermal damage area of the fuel cell in the operating conditions. The results will be useful in further design modification and performance optimization of the SOFC.


Keywords

planar Solid Oxide Fuel Cell; thermal stresses; residual stresses; Finite Element Method; Computational Fluid Dynamics

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Published : 2016-02-04


Zinko, T., Pianko-Oprych, P., & Jaworski, Z. (2016). THREE-DIMENSIONAL MODELLING OF THERMAL STRESSES IN A PLANAR SOLID OXIDE FUEL CELL OF A NOVEL DESIGN. Informatyka, Automatyka, Pomiary W Gospodarce I Ochronie Środowiska, 6(1), 69-72. https://doi.org/10.5604/20830157.1194293

Tomasz Zinko  tomasz.zinko@zut.edu.pl
West Pomeranian University of Technology, Faculty of Chemical Technology and Engineering, Institute of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Protection Processes  Poland
Paulina Pianko-Oprych 
West Pomeranian University of Technology, Faculty of Chemical Technology and Engineering, Institute of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Protection Processes  Poland
Zdzisław Jaworski 
West Pomeranian University of Technology, Faculty of Chemical Technology and Engineering, Institute of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Protection Processes  Poland