Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Humidity Effect on Performance of PEM Fuel Cells

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Abstract

In this study, a single proton exchange membrane fuel cell electrical performance is tested and modelled. The aim is to investigate the effect of reactants and membrane humidity on cell electrical performance. We discuss cell performance in terms of various variables affecting water transport in the membrane, such as electro-osmotic drag, water diffusion and ionic conductivity. The experimental results show that membrane hydration mainly affects ohmic losses and especially when humidity at cathode side is reduced. The developed model can estimate the contribution of different overpotentials and the impact of cell hydration on ohmic resistance.
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In this study, a single proton exchange membrane fuel cell electrical performance is tested and modelled. The aim is to investigate the effect of reactants and membrane humidity on cell electrical performance. We discuss cell performance in terms of various variables affecting water transport in the membrane, such as electro-osmotic drag, water diffusion and ionic conductivity. The experimental results show that membrane hydration mainly affects ohmic losses and especially when humidity at cathode side is reduced. The developed model can estimate the contribution of different overpotentials and the impact of cell hydration on ohmic resistance.
Original languageEnglish
JournalECS Transactions
Volume80
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)345-356
Number of pages12
ISSN1938-6737
DOI
StatePublished - 2017
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
Event232nd ECS Meeting - National Harbor, United States
Duration: 1 Oct 20175 Oct 2017

Conference

Conference232nd ECS Meeting
CountryUnited States
CityNational Harbor
Period01/10/201705/10/2017

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