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Title: FY13 Annual Progress Report for SECA Core Technology Program

This progress report covers technical work performed during fiscal year 2013 at PNNL under Field Work Proposal (FWP) 40552. The report highlights and documents technical progress in tasks related to advanced cell and stack component materials development and computational design and simulation. Primary areas of emphasis for the materials development work were metallic interconnects and coatings, cathode and anode stability/degradation, glass seals, and advanced testing under realistic stack conditions: Metallic interconnects and coatings • Effects of surface modifications to AISI 441 (prior to application of protective spinel coatings) on oxide scale growth and adhesion were evaluated as a function of temperature and time. Cathode stability/degradation • Effects of cathode air humidity on performance and stability of SOFC cathodes were investigated by testing anode-supported cells as a function of time and temperature. • In-situ high temperature XRD measurements were used to correlate changes in cathode lattice structure and composition with performance of anode-supported button cells. Anode stability/degradation • Effects of high fuel steam content on Ni/YSZ anodes were investigated over a range of time and temperature. • Vapor infiltration and particulate additions were evaluated as a potential means of improving tolerance of Ni/YSZ anodes to sulfur-bearing fuel species. Glass seals •more » A candidate compliant glass-based seal materials were evaluated in terms of microstructural evolution and seal performance as a function of time and temperature. Stack fixture testing • The SECA CTP stack test fixture was used for intermediate and long-term evaluation of candidate materials and processes. Primary areas of emphasis for the computational modeling work were coarse methodology, degradation of stack components, and electrochemical modeling: Coarse methodology • Improvements were made to both the SOFC-MP and SOFC ROM simulation tools. Degradation of stack components • Thermo-mechanical modeling and validation experiments were performed to understand/mitigate degradation of interconnects and seals during long-term stack operation. Electrochemical modeling 4 • Modeling tools were developed to improve understanding of electrochemical performance degradation of SOFCs related to changes in electrode microstructure and chemical interactions with contaminants. During FY13, PNNL continued to work with NETL to increase the extent of interaction between the SECA Core Technology Program and the SECA Industry Teams. In addition to using established mechanisms of communication, such as the annual SECA Workshop, representatives from PNNL and NETL participated in telecons and/or face-to-face meetings with all three industry teams during FY13. During these meetings, PNNL’s Core Technology Program work was presented in detail, after which feedback was solicited regarding current and future research topics. Results of PNNL’s SECA CTP work were also distributed via topical reports for the industry teams, DOE reports, technical society presentations, and papers in peer-reviewed technical journals. 5« less
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US)
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United States