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Sealed joint structure for electrochemical device

United States Patent

May 21, 2013
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Several members make up a joint in a high-temperature electrochemical device, wherein the various members perform different functions. The joint is useful for joining multiple cells (generally tubular modules) of an electrochemical device to produce a multi-cell segment-in-series stack for a solid oxide fuel cell, for instance. The joint includes sections that bond the joining members to each other; one or more seal sections that provide gas-tightness, and sections providing electrical connection and/or electrical insulation between the various joining members. A suitable joint configuration for an electrochemical device has a metal joint housing, a first porous electrode, a second porous electrode, separated from the first porous electrode by a solid electrolyte, and an insulating member disposed between the metal joint housing and the electrolyte and second electrode. One or more brazes structurally and electrically connects the first electrode to the metal joint housing and forms a gas tight seal between the first electrode and the second electrode.
Tucker; Michael C. (Oakland, CA), Jacobson; Craig P. (Moraga, CA), De Jonghe; Lutgard C. (Lafayette, CA), Visco; Steven J. (Berkeley, CA)
The Regents of The University of California (Oakland, CA)
11/ 791,270
November 28, 2005
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT This invention was made with government support under Contract DE-AC02-05CH11231 awarded by the United States Department of Energy to The Regents of the University of California for the management and operation of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The government has certain rights in this invention.