Numerical simulations of droplet upwelling into gas channel of PEFC

Y. Matsukuma, Yuichi Koga, Gen Inoue, Masaki Minemoto

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This paper demonstrates numerical simulations of droplet on gas diffusion layer of the polymer electrolyte fuel cell. The lattice Boltzmann method for incompressible two-phase flows at high density ratios were applied for the simulations in order to precisely predict the shape and moving velocity of water droplet surrounding by the air in the gas channel. Simulations were conducted in 2D and 3D and height and moving velocity of droplet were compared with experiment as a function of mean gas velocity in the gas channel. The droplet heights by the simulations were qualitatively agreed with the experimental data, while the simulation results of moving speed of droplet somewhat overestimated the experimental results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)420-422
Number of pages3
JournalNihon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, B Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part B
Volume76
Issue number763
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010

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Gases
gases
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gaseous diffusion
Diffusion in gases
two phase flow
Two phase flow
fuel cells
Fuel cells
Electrolytes
electrolytes
air
polymers
Polymers
Air
water
Water
Experiments

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  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Numerical simulations of droplet upwelling into gas channel of PEFC. / Matsukuma, Y.; Koga, Yuichi; Inoue, Gen; Minemoto, Masaki.

In: Nihon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, B Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part B, Vol. 76, No. 763, 03.2010, p. 420-422.

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