This project involves a five-student team of seniors from the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department that examined the effect of SOFC anode porosity on fracture strength.  Funded by the CFCC at a level of approximately $5,000, the students fabricated numerous 50mm-dia anodes through dry pressing.  Students varied anode porosity using pore-forming agents; fracture strength was measured by employing an Instron materials testing unit with ASTM test procedures.  This project led to collaboration with industrial partner CoorsTek of Golden, Colorado.  Anodes fabricated by this team were also provided to other senior-design team for fabrication and testing of complete cells.

Solid-oxide fuel cell anode-development project