Richard Alkire, See Aun Soon, Mark Stadtherr

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A methodology was developed for optimizing electrolytic cells described by a potential field distribution along with material, voltage, and economic balance equations. In the present study, the cell consisted of two flow-through porous electrodes separated by a membrane. The model consisted of two nonlinear differential equations, 19 variables, 8 equality constraints, and 5 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 use of Lagrange multipliers. The method may be applied to any electrolytic cell which can be modeled by a combination of differential, algebraic and polynomial (curve-fit) equations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)222-236
Number of pages15
JournalProceedings - The Electrochemical Society
StatePublished - 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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