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Sensitivity Analysis of a SOFC-GT Based Power Cycle

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Farshid Zabihian, Alan S. Fung, Shakil Malek, Moftah Elhebshi

Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Murat Koksal

Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Paper No. FuelCell2008-65147, pp. 233-239; 7 pages
  • ASME 2008 6th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • ASME 2008 6th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, June 16–18, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4318-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3822-6
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


This paper presents the sensitivity analysis of tubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) stacks. The macro level modelling implemented in AspenPlus™ for the simulation of hybrid SOFC-gas turbine systems. The macro level thermodynamic first law analysis was previously performed on the same model. This sensitivity analysis is the continuation towards investigating the effects of different fuel compositions and turbine and compressor efficiencies on cycle efficiency and other parameters. The model is 0-dimensional, can accept hydrocarbon fuels with user inputs of current density, fuel and air composition, flow rates, temperature, pressure and fuel utilization factor. The model outputs the composition of the exhaust, work produced, heat available for reformer, etc. The model was developed considering the activation, concentration and ohmic losses within SOFC and mathematical expressions for these were chosen based on available studies in recent literatures. In this paper different fuels such as reformed natural gas, biogas with different compositions are considered to investigate the effect of fuel composition on the performance of the hybrid SOFC-gas turbine systems. In order to monitor the performance of the system parameters such as thermal efficiency, cycle specific work, SOFC specific work, gas turbine specific work, and work ratio (SOFC work / gas turbine work) are investigated. Furthermore, for specific fuel the effect of turbine and compressor efficiencies on system’s overall performance are studied for entire range from 50% to 100%, keeping gas turbine efficiency constant and increasing compressor efficiency by 5% and vice versa. For instance, if the fuel is switched from natural gas (with 100% CH4 ) to biogas (with the composition of 70% CH4 , 25% CO2 and 5% H2 ) and the other parameters are kept constant (isentropic efficiency 85% for both turbine and compressor) the overall thermal efficiency will decrease by 1.4%, whereas the cycle specific work will increase by 36.7%. In addition, the work ratio will increase by 25.1% showing that more power is generated in SOFC in comparison to gas turbine. In addition, if the efficiency of turbine and compressor increase from 85% to 90%, the efficiency and cycle specific work of the system will increase by 3.1% and 3%, respectively whereas, the work ratio will decrease by 5.6%, due to the more power generated in gas turbine.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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