Date of Award

Spring 5-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


Mechanical Engineering

Committee Director

Xiaoyu Zhang

Committee Member

Mileta Tomovic

Committee Member

Tian-Bing Xu


Transitioning from fossil fuel supplied energy to renewable technology must meet cost efficient parameters throughout the manufacturing process while possessing the characteristics of a functioning and reliable power source. With a significant demand in renewable energy products, developmental techniques require adaptive approaches and procedures for novel materials in the manufacturing phase. This report proposes how a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC), a renewable energy system, can employ additive manufacturing for directly 3D printing its components by utilizing stereolithography (SLA) 3D printing techniques. Fabrication of the printed components from the mixtures were first mixed with varying concentrations of ceramic powder and resin. The application of SLA 3D printing was then evaluated by printing SOFC components from the various component mixtures. Following the fabrication of the components, the reliability of the additive materials was analyzed through characterization of the components. To do this, the components were first sintered with various heating curves, adjusting for the generation of solid component products. Then, the components had their surfaces topographically imaged for microstructure characterization through a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The resulting analysis of the porosity value corresponds to the performance potential of that component. Thus, verifying the material properties succeeding the fabrication of SOFC components via SLA 3D printing techniques.


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