Ni/YSZ anode – Effect of pre-treatments on cell degradation and microstructures

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    Abstract

    Anode supported (Ni/YSZ–YSZ–LSM/YSZ) solid oxide fuel cells were tested and the degradation over hundreds of hours was monitored and analyzed by impedance spectroscopy. Test conditions were chosen to focus on the Ni/YSZ anode degradation and all tests were operated at 750°C, a current density of 0.75Acm−2. Oxygen was supplied to the cathode and the anode inlet gas mixture had a high p(H2O)/p(H2) ratio of 0.4/0.6. Commercially available gasses were applied. The effect of different types of pre-treatments on the Ni/YSZ electrode degradation during subsequent fuel cell testing was investigated. Pre-treatments included operating at OCV (4% and 40% H2O in H2) prior to fuel cell testing, cleaning of the inlet H2 gas at 700°C and processing the anode half cell via multilayer tape casting. Analyses of impedance spectra showed that the increase in the charge transfer reaction resistance in the Ni/YSZ (RNi,TPB) was decreased to ¼ or less for the pre-treated and fuel cell tested cells when compared with a non-pre-treated reference tested cell; all operated at the same fuel cell test conditions. Scanning electron microscopy and image analyses for the non-pre-treated reference tested cell and selected pre-treated cells showed significant differences in the area fractions of percolating nickel both in the active anode and support layer.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Power Sources
    Volume196
    Issue number21
    Pages (from-to)8931-8941
    ISSN0378-7753
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Keywords

    • Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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