Glass-ceramic sealant for solid oxide fuel cells application: Characterization and performance in dual atmosphere

A. G. Sabato, G. Cempura, D. Montinaro, A. Chrysanthou, M. Salvo, E. Bernardo, M. Secco, F. Smeacetto

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Abstract

Glass-ceramic composition was designed and tested for use as a sealant in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) planar stack design. The crystallization behaviour was investigated by calculating the Avrami parameter (n) and the activation energy for crystallization (Ec) was obtained. The calculated values for n and Ec were 3 and 413.5 kJ/mol respectively. The results of thermal analyses indicate that this composition shows no overlap between the sintering and crystallization stages and thus an almost pore-free sealant can be deposited and sintered at 850 °C in air for 30 min. A gas tightness test has been carried out at 800 °C for 1100 h in dual atmosphere (Ar-H2 and air) without recording any leakage. Morphological and crystalline phase analyses were conducted prior and following tests in dual atmospheres in order to assess the compatibility of the proposed sealant with the metallic interconnect.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-270
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Power Sources
Volume328
Early online date12 Aug 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016

Keywords

  • Differential thermal analysis

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