Numerical simulation of heat transfer and fluid flow of a flat-tube high power density solid oxide fuel cell

Yixin Lu, Laura Schaefer, Peiwen Li

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Abstract

In this paper, a three dimensional numerical model to simulate the steady state heat transfer and fluid flow of a flat-tube high power density solid oxide fuel cell (HPD-SOFC) is developed. A computer code is programmed using the FORTRAN language to solve the governing equations for continuity, momentum and energy conservation. The highly coupled temperature and flow fields of the air stream and the fuel stream inside and outside a typical channel of a flat-tube HPD-SOFC are investigated. The variation of the temperature and flow fields with the current output is studied The simulation also predicts pressure drop behavior of the both the air and fuel streams. This heat transfer and fluid flow modeling of the computer code will be used to simulate the overall performance of a flat-tube HPD-SOFC in the near future, and to help optimize the design and operation of a SOFC stack in practical applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology - 2004
EditorsR.K. Shah, S.G. Kandlikar
Pages369-374
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Sep 13 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventSecond International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology - Rochester, NY, United States
Duration: Jun 14 2004Jun 16 2004

Publication series

NameFuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology - 2004

Other

OtherSecond International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
CountryUnited States
CityRochester, NY
Period6/14/046/16/04

Keywords

  • Flat-tube
  • Fluid flow
  • Heat transfer
  • High Power Density (HPD)
  • SOFC
  • Simulation
  • Solid oxide fuel cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Lu, Y., Schaefer, L., & Li, P. (2004). Numerical simulation of heat transfer and fluid flow of a flat-tube high power density solid oxide fuel cell. In R. K. Shah, & S. G. Kandlikar (Eds.), Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology - 2004 (pp. 369-374). (Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology - 2004).