Cell temperature measurements in micro-tubular, single-chamber, solid oxide fuel cells (MT-SC-SOFCs)

N. Akhtar*, S. P. Decent, K. Kendall

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Anode supported, micro-tubular, solid oxide fuel cells made of nickel, yttria-stabilized zirconia (Ni-YSZ) anode, yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte and lanthanum strontium manganite (LSM) cathode have been prepared and operated under single-chamber conditions. Four different cells with varying cathode location/size, i.e. inlet, center, outlet and full size have been compared. The highest temperature rise of ∼93°C and the highest power density of ∼36mWcm-2 (at a furnace temperature of 750°C with methane/air=25/60mL min-1) was observed in the case of cathode-inlet configuration. The scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis shows that both the anode and cathode were badly damaged near the cell inlet in case of cathode-inlet configuration. On the contrary, both of the electrodes remained undamaged in case of cathode-outlet configuration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7818-7824
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Power Sources
Issue number23
Early online date18 May 2009
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Solid oxide fuel cell
  • Single-chamber
  • Air-fuel mixture
  • Temperature
  • Micro-tubular

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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