Analysis of Leakages in a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Stack in a System Environment

M. Halinen (Corresponding Author), Jari Pennanen

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    A solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stack can exhibit both anodic and cathodic leakages, i.e. a fuel leak from the anode side and an air leak from the cathode side of the stack, respectively. This study describes the results of an in-situ leakage analysis conducted for a planar SOFC stack during 2000 hours of operation in an actual system environment. The leakages are quantified experimentally at nominal system operating conditions by conducting composition analysis and flow metering of gases for both fuel and air subsystems. Based on the calculated atomic hydrogen-to-carbon ratio of the fuel and air gases, it is found that the fuel leakages are mostly selective by nature: the leaking fuel gas does not have the same composition as the fuel system gas. A simple diffusive leakage model, based on the leakage being driven by concentration differences weighted by diffusion coefficients, is applied to quantify the amount of leakages. The leakage model provides a good correspondence with the experimental results of the gas analysis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)434-444
    JournalFuel Cells
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • diagnosis
    • experimental results
    • fuel cell system
    • leakage
    • mass transport
    • solid oxide fuel cell
    • stack
    • testing


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