F. Tietz, P. Nikolopoulos
Dec 1, 2009
Development of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) involves multidisciplinary research, which needs input from many directions. As an example, this contribution describes the influence of basic metallurgical experiments on the selection or the modification of specific materials used in SOFCs. Wettability studies, although typically regarded as model experiments, give clear indications of the combinations of materials, which show better compatibility and might be more successfully integrated in SOFC designs, especially when metal/ceramic interfaces are involved. Various material combinations, i.e. anode cermets, glass/steel and ceramic/silver/steel compounds, are discussed in more detail showing the impact of fundamental studies on the SOFC development actually applied. This work gives a short overview on the basic aspects of selected material combinations.