Moving Resistive Wire Electrodes

Richard Alkire, Richard Varjian

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The wire movement creates a laminar boundary layer of nonuniform thickness in an otherwise stagnant electrolyte. The mathematical analysis includes consideration of ohmic wire resistance, convective mass transport, ohmic electrolyte resistance, charge-transfer polarization, and cell geometry. Transport equations describing cell operation at all fractions of the limiting current were solved by the method of orthogonal collocation. A comparison between calculations which use a local mass transfer coefficient to describe the mass transfer process, and those which use a complete solution of the convective diffusion equation, gave agreement to within 15% over a wide range of parameter space which includes most practical applications of moving resistive wire electrodes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)388-395
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1977


  • current distribution
  • laminar flow
  • mass transfer
  • mathematical model
  • resistive wire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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