A tubular conductive wire mesh is provided for use in solid state electrochemical devices such as fuel cells. The tubular conductive wire mesh is typically formed from wire using knitting, weaving, or similar process. The mesh typically includes a plurality of substantially uniform interconnected adjacent segments that may form junctions that provide a repetitive pattern of localized bumps that may form preferred electrical contact points between the conductive wire mesh and a surface of a tubular fuel cell body in a solid state electrochemical device. In some embodiments the conductive wire mesh is disposed adjacent the inside surface of a tubular electrode and in some embodiments the conductive wire mesh is disposed adjacent the outside surface of a tubular fuel cell body.
 This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.