Optimal current paths for model electrochemical systems

Stanley J. Watowich, R. Stephen Berry

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Optimal control theory is used to determine process limits for a well-stirred fuel cell and a diffusive flow fuel cell, both operating with nonzero flows and in a finite time. Current paths and optimal end states are determined for cells constrained to provide either maximum work output, maximum effectiveness, or maximum profit. A constant current path is found to optimize these three criteria of process performance for the well-stirred fuel cell. In the diffusive flow fuel cell qualitatively different, nonmonotonic current trajectories are obtained for maximum work and maximum profit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4624-4631
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of physical chemistry
Issue number19
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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