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Fundamentals of Heat and Fluid Flow in High Temperature Fuel Cells - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128157534, 9780128157541

Fundamentals of Heat and Fluid Flow in High Temperature Fuel Cells

1st Edition

Authors: Majid Ghassemi Majid Kamvar Robert Steinberger-Wilckens
eBook ISBN: 9780128157541
Paperback ISBN: 9780128157534
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 15th August 2020
Page Count: 196
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Fundamentals of Heat and Fluid Flow in High Temperature Fuel Cells introduces key-concepts relating to heat, fluid and mass transfer as applied to high temperature fuel cells. The book briefly covers different type of fuel cells and discusses solid oxide fuel cells in detail, presenting related mass, momentum, energy and species equation. It then examines real case studies of hydrogen- and methane-fed SOFC, as well as combined heat and power and hybrid energy systems. This comprehensive reference is a useful resource for those working in high temperature fuel cell modeling and development, including energy researchers, engineers and graduate students.

Key Features

  • Provides broad coverage of key concepts relating to heat transfer and fluid flow in high temperature fuel cells
  • Presents in-depth knowledge of solid oxide fuel cells and their application in different kinds of heat and power systems
  • Examines real-life case studies, covering different types of fuels and combined systems, including CHP


Energy researchers, engineers and graduate students in the area of fuel cells and CHP systems

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to fuel cells
    2. What is a fuel cell?
    3. How does a fuel cell work?
    4. Main fuel cell layers
    5. Anode layer
    6. Anode catalyst layer
    7. Cathode layer
    8. Cathode catalyst layer
    9. Electrolyte layer
    10. Different types of fuel cells
    11. Solid oxide fuel cell
    12. Classification of SOFCs
    13. Conventional SOFCs
    14. Single chamber SOFCs
    15. No chamber SOFCs
    16. SOFC advantages and disadvantages
    17. Conventional materials used in SOFC layers
    18. Different SOFC geometries
    19. Planar type
    20. Tubular type
    21. Anode supported design
    22. Cathode supported design
    23. Electrolyte supported design
    24. Fundamentals of Heat transfer
    25. Different modes of Heat transfer
    26. Conduction
    27. Convection
    28. Radiation
    29. Energy conservation
    30. Heat transfer in free and porous media
    31. Transient and steady state heat transfer
    32. Heat generation
    33. Some applicable boundary conditions
    34. Conduction heat transfer in SOFCs
    35. Heat conduction equation
    36. Thermal conductivity
    37. Conduction in porous media
    38. Convection heat transfer in SOFCs
    39. Fundamental convection principles
    40. Laminar flow
    41. Turbulent flow
    42. Natural and forced convection convectively
    43. Convection in porous media
    44. Fundamentals of fluid flow
    45. Mass conservation
    46. Momentum conservation
    47. Different types of motion equation
    48. Compressible and incompressible flow
    49. Fluid flow in porous media
    50. Some applicable boundary conditions
    51. Fully coupling in modelling
    52. Case Studies
    53. Hydrogen-fed SOFC
    54. Methane-fed SOFC
    55. Combined systems
    56. Combined SOFC and CHP
    57. Combined SOFC and power plant


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About the Authors

Majid Ghassemi

Prof. Majid Ghassemi is Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the K. N. Toosi University of Technology; one of the most prestigious technical universities in Tehran, Iran. Professor Ghassemi has been recognized as Global Talent, also known as an Exceptional Talent, endorsed by the Royal Academy of Engineering of the United Kingdom, since 2015. He received that honor when he was acting as a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses and conducts research in the area of heat transfer and its application in bio and micro sensors, drug delivery, fuel cells,micro channels and alternative energy. He has over 20 years of academic and industrial experience and served as the President of the K. N. Toosi University of Technology from 2010 to 2013.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Majid Kamvar

Majid Kamvar works in the Department of Engineering, Parand Branch at Islamic Azad University in Parand, Iran

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Parand Branch, Islamic Azad University, Parand, Iran.

Robert Steinberger-Wilckens

Robert Steinberger-Wilckens is Professor for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen research in Chemical Engineering. He is director of the research Fuel Cell and Hydrogen group and the Centre for Doctoral Training Fuel Cells and their Fuels, which is run by the universities of Birmingham, Nottingham, and Loughborough, Imperial College, and University College of London. He works and has worked in many areas across the fields of renewable energies, energy efficiency, fuel cells, hydrogen production and distribution, as well as electric vehicles. Currently, his main areas of interest include Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, high temperature electrolysis (SOE) and reversible fuel cells (SOC) with methane synthesis, intermediate temperature polymer fuel cells, and market introduction of fuel cells and fuel cell vehicles. He has a total of over 200 publications in journals, books, and conference proceedings and is a regular peer reviewer for a large number of journals, as well as international funding programmes and publishing houses. He is member of the strategic advisory bodies for EPSRC, the EU Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, and the European Fuel Cell Forum. Professor Steinberger-Wilckens coordinates the modules Conventional Energy and Renewable Energy and Energy Storage for 2nd Year students and the module Introduction to Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies for 4th Year and CDT students.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chair in Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research, Centre for Doctoral Training in Fuel Cells and Their Fuels, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK

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