The thermal effect in direct carbon solid oxide fuel cells

Haoran Xu, Bin Chen, Houcheng Zhang, Wei Kong, Bo Liang, Meng Ni

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After model validation, parametric simulations are carried out to study the effects of operating and structural parameters on the thermal behaviors of DC-SOFCs. It is found that the thermal behaviors of DC-SOFC greatly depends on operating parameters and the temperature field in DC-SOFC is highly non-uniform. The position of peak temperature in the cell is highly dependent on the operating potential. In addition, a smaller distance between the carbon bed and the anode is beneficial for improving the temperature uniformity in the DC-SOFC. The breakdown of heat generation/consumption in DC-SOFC shows that the anode processes contribute the most to the temperature variation in the cell. The results of this study form a solid foundation for better thermal management of DC-SOFC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)652-662
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Thermal Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • Direct carbon fuel cell (DCFC)
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC)
  • Temperature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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