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International Heat Transfer Conference 12

ISSN: 2377-424X (online)
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Numerical Studies of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

Steven B. Beale
Institute of Energy and Climate Research, IEK-3 Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH 52425 Jülich, Germany

Sergei V. Zhubrin
Moscow Power Engineering Institute; Concentration Heat and Momentum, 40 High Street, Wimbledon Village, London, SW19 5AU, United Kingdom

Wei Dong
National Research Council, 1500 Montreal Road, Ottawa, Ontario K1A OR6, Canada

DOI: 10.1615/IHTC12.200
6 pages


This paper describes a program of research aimed at improved mathematical models of fuel cells. Three distinct models were developed based on (a) a detailed numerical model of flow, heat and mass transfer (b) a flow-based distributed resistance approach, and (c) a presumed-flow method. Each of these methods has merits and drawbacks. The models were used to investigate the temperature variations in a fuel cell stack under typical operating conditions. The models and results obtained are discussed in detail.

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