Redox instability, mechanical deformation, and heterogeneous damage accumulation in solid oxide fuel cell anodes

F. Abdeljawad, G. J. Nelson, W. K.S. Chiu, M. Haataja

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Abstract

Mechanical integrity and damage tolerance represent two key challenges in the design of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). In particular, reduction and oxidation (redox) cycles, and the associated large transformation strains have a notable impact on the mechanical stability and failure mode of SOFC anodes. In this study, the deformation behavior under redox cycling is investigated computationally with an approach that provides a detailed, microstructurally based view of heterogeneous damage accumulation behavior within an experimentally obtained nickel/yttria stabilized zirconia SOFC anode microstructure. Simulation results underscore the critical role that the microstructure plays in the mechanical deformation behavior of and failure within such materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number036102
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume112
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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