Mass transfer analysis in PEFC diffusion layer by lattice gas automata method

Takashi Yoshimoto, Yosuke Matsukuma, Gen Inoue, Masaki Minemoto

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Abstract

To know the movement of water in Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell (PEFC) is important for deciding the optimum shape of the cell and the optimum operating condition. And it is well known that PEFC shows the best performance under moderate relative humidity condition. However, the experimental measurement is difficult because of the flow through the complex geometry of diffusion layer. Therefore, in order to know the movement of water in PEFC, microscopic analysis was performed by lattice gas automata (LGA) method. The influence of gas diffusion prevention by water was investigated. According to the channel configuration, a distribution of water was observed in the diffusion layer and a distribution of oxygen and hydrogen reaction quantity was affected. Moreover, since the influence of gas diffusion prevention by water in the cathode side was more extremely than that in anode side, it was shown that concentration overpotential of cathode side affects a cell performance greatly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2642-2648
Number of pages7
JournalNihon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, B Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part B
Volume71
Issue number711
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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