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Radiation Heat Transfer Analysis of the Monolith-Type Solid Oxide Fuel Cell

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Sunil Murthy, Andrei Fedorov

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Paper No. IMECE2003-41796, pp. 351-355; 5 pages
  • ASME 2003 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Heat Transfer, Volume 2
  • Washington, DC, USA, November 15–21, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3718-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-4663-6, 0-7918-4664-4, 0-7918-4665-2
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


In this study, a modeling framework for heat and mass transport is investigated for a unit cell of the monolith type SOFC, with emphasis on quantifying the radiation heat transfer effects. The Schuster-Schwartzchild two-flux approximation is used for treating thermal radiation transport in the optically thin YSZ electrolyte, and the Rosseland radiative thermal conductivity is used to account for radiation effects in the optically thick Ni-YSZ and LSM electrodes. The thermal radiation heat transfer is coupled to the overall energy conservation equations through the divergence of the local radiative flux. A commercially available CFD software was used as a platform for the global thermal-fluid modeling of the SOFC and the radiation models were implemented through the user-defined functions. Results from sample calculations show significant changes in the operating temperatures and parameters of the SOFC with the inclusion of radiation effects.

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