Parametric study of transport phenomena in PEM fuel cells using a 3D computational model

T. Berning*, N. Djilali

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Abstract

This paper presents the results of a parametric study conducted using a three-dimensional, non-isothermal model of a PEM fuel cell. The effect of various operational, geometric and property parameters was investigated in detail. The availability of reliable data for setting various modeling parameters was found to be critical to obtain physically realistic results. In addition to the effect of temperature and pressure, geometrical and material parameters such as the gas-diffusion thickness and porosity as well as the ratio between the channel width and the collector plate land area were investigated in detail, and it was found that the contact resistance plays an important role for the evaluation of the impact of such parameters on the fuel cell performance. The results demonstrate the usefulness of this computational model as a design and optimization tool.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology : First International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
Number of pages8
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
Publication date2003
Pages187-194
ISBN (Print)0791836681, 9780791836682
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
EventFirst International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology - Rochester, NY, United States
Duration: 21 Apr 200323 Apr 2003

Conference

ConferenceFirst International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityRochester, NY
Period21/04/200323/04/2003
SponsorAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Rochester Institute of Technology
SeriesFuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology

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