Modeling of Flow and Transport Processes Occurred in a Typical Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC)

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In the present work, a three dimensional model examining the fluid flow along with the fundamental transport phenomena occurring in a typical polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEMFC), i.e. heat transfer, mass transport and charge transfer, has been developed. The flow field was simulated according to the well known Navier-Stokes equations, while the heat transfer was described by the typical conduction/convection equation and the mass transport by the convection/diffusion one. Furthermore, reaction kinetics were studied by the Butler-Volmer equation for the heterogeneous reactions occurring at the porous electrodes. The developed model was numerically solved by using the commercially available CFD package CFD-RC©, which is based on the multi-step finite volume method. The fuel cell performance in terms of velocity, temperature, mass fractions of active compounds and electric field has been investigated as well.

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Periodical:

Defect and Diffusion Forum (Volumes 273-276)

Edited by:

Andreas Öchsner and Graeme E. Murch

Pages:

87-92

DOI:

10.4028/www.scientific.net/DDF.273-276.87

Citation:

E. Vakouftsi et al., "Modeling of Flow and Transport Processes Occurred in a Typical Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC)", Defect and Diffusion Forum, Vols. 273-276, pp. 87-92, 2008

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February 2008

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