Degradation phenomena in the cathode of a solid oxide fuel cell with an alloy separator

S. Taniguchi, M. Kadowaki, H. Kawamura, T. Yasuo, Y. Akiyama, Y. Miyake, T. Saitoh

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A study is made of the cathode degradation phenomena in a solid oxide fuel cell that uses an alloy separator. Under the action of the discharge current, chromium diffuses from the alloy to the cathode and moves to the cathode/electrolyte interface. The cathode polarization increases in correlation with the intensity of chromium at the cathode/electrolyte interface. The increase in cathode polarization by the discharge current is due to chromium filling the pores at the cathode/electrolyte interface. This restricts diffusion of oxygen gas and decreases the number of electrode reaction sites. Chromium displacement at the cathode/electrolyte interface appears to be caused by the decrease in oxygen activity at the cathode/electrolyte interface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-79
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Power Sources
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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