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  • Main Title GCtool for fuel cell systems design and analysis : user documentation.


  • Author: Ahluwalia, R.K.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Geyer, H.K.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Sponsor: United States. Department of Energy.
    Contributor Type: Organization
    Contributor Info: US Department of Energy (United States)


  • Name: Argonne National Laboratory
    Place of Publication: Illinois
    Additional Info: Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)


  • Creation: 1999-01-15


  • English


  • Content Description: GCtool is a comprehensive system design and analysis tool for fuel cell and other power systems. A user can analyze any configuration of component modules and flows under steady-state or dynamic conditions. Component models can be arbitrarily complex in modeling sophistication and new models can be added easily by the user. GCtool also treats arbitrary system constraints over part or all of the system, including the specification of nonlinear objective functions to be minimized subject to nonlinear, equality or inequality constraints. This document describes the essential features of the interpreted language and the window-based GCtool environment. The system components incorporated into GCtool include a gas flow mixer, splitier, heater, compressor, gas turbine, heat exchanger, pump, pipe, diffuser, nozzle, steam drum, feed water heater, combustor, chemical reactor, condenser, fuel cells (proton exchange membrane, solid oxide, phosphoric acid, and molten carbonate), shaft, generator, motor, and methanol steam reformer. Several examples of system analysis at various levels of complexity are presented. Also given are instructions for generating two- and three-dimensional plots of data and the details of interfacing new models to GCtool.
  • Physical Description: Medium: P; Size: 128 pages


  • STI Subject Categories: 30 Direct Energy Conversion
  • Keyword: Documentation
  • STI Subject Categories: 24 Power Transmission And Distribution
  • Keyword: Water Heaters
  • Keyword: Gas Turbines
  • Keyword: Gas Flow
  • Keyword: Phosphoric Acid
  • Keyword: Design
  • Keyword: Fuel Cells
  • Keyword: Power Systems
  • Keyword: Heat Exchangers
  • Keyword: Chemical Reactors


  • Other Information: PBD: 15 Jan 1999


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • Report No.: ANL-98/8
  • Grant Number: W-31109-ENG-38
  • DOI: 10.2172/12005
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 12005
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc621886


  • Display Note: OSTI as DE00012005