Publisher : The Korean Hydrogen and New Energy Society
DOI : 10.7316/KHNES.2016.27.1.029
Title & Authors
Numerical Study on Flow Distribution in PEMFC with Metal foam Bipolar Plate SONG, MYEONGHO; KIM, KYOUNGYOUN;
It is important to uniformly supply the fuel gas into the reaction activity area in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). Recent studies have shown that the cell performance can be significantly improved by employing metal foam gas distributor as compared with the conventional bipolar plate types. The metal foam gas distributor has been reported to be more efficient to fuel transport. In this study, three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations have been performed to examine the effects of metal foam flow field design on the fuel supply to the reaction site. Darcy's law is used for the flow in the porous media. By solving additional advection equation for fluid particle trajectory, the gas transport has been visualized and examined for various geometrical configuration of metal foam gas distributor.
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