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A two-phase non-isothermal PEFC model: Theory and validation
KTH, Superseded Departments, Mechanics. (Faxén Laboratoriet)
KTH, Superseded Departments, Chemical Engineering and Technology. (Tillämpad elektrokemi)
KTH, Superseded Departments, Mechanics. (Faxén Laboratoriet)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8318-1251
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2004 (English)In: Fuel Cells, ISSN 1615-6846, E-ISSN 1615-6854, Vol. 4, no 4, 365-377 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A two-dimensional, non-isothermal, two-phase model of a polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC) is presented. The model is developed for conditions where variations in the stream-wise direction are negligible. In addition, experiments were conducted with a segmented cell comprised of net flow fields. The, experimentally obtained, current distributions were used to validate the PEFC model developed. The PEFC model includes species transport and the phase change of water, coupled with conservation of momentum and mass, in the porous backing of the cathode, and conservation of charge and heat throughout the fuel cell. The current density in the active layer at the cathode is modelled with an agglomerate model, and the contact resistance for heat transfer over the material boundaries is taken into account. Good agreement was obtained between the modelled and experimental polarization curves. A temperature difference of 6°C between the bipolar plate and active layer on the cathode, and a liquid saturation of 6% at the active layer in the cathode were observed at 1 A cm-2.

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2004. Vol. 4, no 4, 365-377 p.
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Current Distribution Measurement, Numerical Simulation, PEFC, Two-Phase Transport, Water Management
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Chemical Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-80615DOI: 10.1002/fuce.200400048ISI: 000208115800017ScopusID: 2-s2.0-11844253802OAI: diva2:496837
QC 20120307Available from: 2012-02-10 Created: 2012-02-10 Last updated: 2012-03-07Bibliographically approved

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