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Air feed tube support system for a solid oxide fuel cell generator

United States Patent

September 3, 2002
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A solid oxide fuel cell generator (12), containing tubular fuel cells (36) with interior air electrodes (18), where a supporting member (82) containing a plurality of holes (26) supports oxidant feed tubes (51), which pass from an oxidant plenum (52") into the center of the fuel cells, through the holes (26) in the supporting member (82), where a compliant gasket (86) around the top of the oxidant feed tubes and on top (28) of the supporting member (82) helps support the oxidant feed tubes and center them within the fuel cells, and loosen the tolerance for centering the air feed tubes.
Doshi; Vinod B. (Monroeville, PA), Ruka; Roswell J. (Pittsburgh, PA), Hager; Charles A. (Zelienople, PA)
Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation (Orlando, FL)
09/ 642,463
August 18, 2000
GOVERNMENT CONTRACT The Government of the United States of America has rights in this invention, pursuant to Contract No. DE-FC26-97FT34139 with the United States Department of Energy.