Surface Exchange Model for MIEC Membrane in Transient Stage

Wednesday, 8 October 2014: 10:00
Sunrise, 2nd Floor, Galactic Ballroom 5 (Moon Palace Resort)
C. Gazeau, E. Blond (University Orléans), M. Reichmann, P. M. Geffroy, T. Chartier (University Limoges), and N. Richet (Air Liquide)
Mixed Ionic and Electronic Conductors are promising materials for oxygen transport membranes at high temperature. The mixed conduction leads to oxygen semi-permeation properties. This oxygen transport properties is linked to the ability of the membrane material to reversibly adsorb and desorb oxygen and to diffuse oxygen through the lattice [1]. However, the defect equilibrium with the surrounding atmosphere induces a “chemical” expansion in the same order than the thermal expansion. Mechanically, the transient stage is critical due to the stress induced by the chemical and thermal strain [2]. To predict this strain, the oxygen activity field through the membrane needs to be known.

Usually, to model, the membrane is divided into three zones: the bulk, where oxygen bulk diffusion takes place and the two surfaces where oxygen exchanges between atmosphere and membrane take place. Oxygen bulk diffusion is well described by the Wagner theory [3]. The surface exchanges include the adsorption/desorption, dissociation/association and incorporation/exclusion of oxygen. A consensus has not yet emerged regarding the oxygen surface exchange models proposed in the literature. Two categories of models are reported: one corresponds to an extension of the Wagner theory to the surface [4] and the second corresponds to a chemical approach by kinetic laws [1, 5].

Different experiments have been performed to characterize the surface exchange and bulk diffusion parameters. The measures reported by Geffroy et al. on membrane surfaces during steady oxygen flow exhibits a large chemical potential gap between the membrane surfaces and the surrounding gases [6]. From our knowledge, this experimental data cannot be reproduced by a single model from literature. Moreover, although the combination of Wagner extension approach on the high oxygen side and kinetic approach on the low oxygen side makes it possible to reproduce results in steady state, it does not allowed to investigate transient stage.

The proposed talk deals with a new macroscopic surface exchange model describing both oxidizing and reducing surface for transient stage. This model assumes that the oxygen flow is governed by the association/dissociation of adsorbed oxygen and by the high energetic cost of oxygen reduction/oxidation. Then, the balance of a transient species at the membrane surface is introduced to account for these two phenomena. The first results obtained are in accordance with oxygen semi-permeation measurements reported by Geffroy et al. [6]. The computation of isothermal expansion tests realized by Adler [7] in transient stage, using the proposed exchange model and the chemical expansion model proposed by Valentin et al. [8], present also a good correlation with experimental results.

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[7] S.B. Adler, Chemical expansivity of electrochemical Ceramics, J. Am. Ceram. Soc., (84), 2117-2119, 2004.

[8] O. Valentin et al., Thermo-Chemo-Mechanical Modelling of Mixed Conductors in Transient Stages, Adv. Sci. Rech., (65), 232-237, 2010.