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Automated brush plating process for solid oxide fuel cells

United States Patent

January 21, 2003
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A method of depositing a metal coating (28) on the interconnect (26) of a tubular, hollow fuel cell (10) contains the steps of providing the fuel cell (10) having an exposed interconnect surface (26); contacting the inside of the fuel cell (10) with a cathode (45) without use of any liquid materials; passing electrical current through a contacting applicator (46) which contains a metal electrolyte solution; passing the current from the applicator (46) to the cathode (45) and contacting the interconnect (26) with the applicator (46) and coating all of the exposed interconnect surface.
Long; Jeffrey William (Pittsburgh, PA)
Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation (Orlando, FL)
09/ 822,388
March 30, 2001
GOVERNMENT CONTRACT The Government of the United States of America has certain rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-FC26-97FT-34139 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.