A methodology was developed for optimizing electrolytic cells described by a potential field distribution along with material, voltage, and economic balance equations. The cell consisted of two flow-through porous electrodes separated by a membrane. The model consisted of two nonlinear differential equations, 19 variables, eight equality constraints, and five inequality constraints. The optimum solutions were obtained for simple economic objectives with use of a successive quadratic programming method. The sensitivity of the optimum to operating variables and design constraints was found with the use of Lagrange multipliers.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry