Title

Role of Heat Transfer in Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell Performance

Abstract

A comprehensive two-dimensional heat and mass transfer model is used to investigate the effects of different cell operating conditions and design parameters on temperature and current density distributions in large molten carbonate fuel cells. Heat transfer effects are found to have a major influence on cell electrical performance. A number of computed cell temperature and current density distributions are presented and discussed. These illustrate the effects of cell structural parameters, operating conditions, and flow geometry on cell temperature and current density distributions. Some effects of internal methane reforming are also highlighted.

Meeting Name

Symposium on Electrochemical and Thermal Modeling of Battery, Fuel Cell, and Photoenergy Conversion Systems (1986: San Diego, CA)

Department(s)

Physics

Keywords and Phrases

Electrodes; Heat Transfer - Convection; Salts - Fused; Crossflow Cell Characteristics; Density Distributions; Gas Stream Mass Balance; In-plane Heat Conduction; Molten Carbonate; Nonisothermal Cell Characteristics; Fuel Cells

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

0161-6374

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 1986 Electrochemical Society, Inc., All rights reserved.

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