Numerical simulation and performance optimization of solid oxide fuel cells

P. W. Li, M. K. Chyu

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This paper describes a numerical analysis for comparing the performance of two geometrically different solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), i.e. tubular-type and planar-type SOFCs. The analysis uses a custom-developed computer code which is capable of simulating the complete energy conversion process in SOFC, including fuel reforming and water shift. The detailed numerical procedures are based on strong coupling of electrochemistry, electricity, material properties and transport phenomena. This simulation effort is followed by an optimization study to further enhance the power density of anode-supported planar SOFC. The optimization procedure is to identify optimal combination of the size of current collector and its domain of influence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-231
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Chinese Society of Mechanical Engineers, Transactions of the Chinese Institute of Engineers, Series C/Chung-Kuo Chi Hsueh Kung Ch'eng Hsuebo Pao
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2005


  • Planar type
  • Solid oxide fuel cells
  • Tubular type

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering


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