A model for mass transport in the electrolyte membrane of a DMFC
2007 (English)In: Journal of Applied Electrochemistry, ISSN 0021-891X, E-ISSN 1572-8838, Vol. 37, no 4, 429-438 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A steady state model for multicomponent mass transport was derived for the direct methanol fuel cell membrane. Data for development and validation of the model was taken both from experiments and literature. The experimental data was collected in a polarisation cell, where mass transport of methanol across the electrolyte membrane was measured through a potentiostatic method. The results from modelling and experiments showed good agreement. The model was capable of describing the non-linear response in mass transport to increased methanol feed concentration. The model also accurately described the change in membrane conductivity with methanol concentration. From the model transport equations, it was also possible to derive some characteristic transport parameters, namely the electro osmotic drag of both water and methanol, diffusive drag of water and methanol, and effective, concentration dependent, diffusion coefficients for methanol and water.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 37, no 4, 429-438 p.
direct methanol fuel cell, modelling, mass transport, methanol crossover, electrolyte membrane, methanol fuel-cell, proton-exchange membranes, open-circuit voltage, nafion membranes, diffusion-coefficient, ionomeric membranes, electroosmotic drag, water-uptake, performance, crossover
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-16433DOI: 10.1007/s10800-006-9257-1ISI: 000244689100003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-33847721423OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-16433DiVA: diva2:334475
QC 201005252010-08-052010-08-052011-01-04Bibliographically approved