Fuel Cell with Serpentine Flow Field
Application ID: 14449
This example models the flow and mass transport in the channels and the gas diffusion layer (GDL) of a polymer electrolyte fuel cell. The cathode electrode reaction is modeled as a boundary condition, where the local current density depends on the overpotential and the local oxygen concentration. The overpotential is solved for along the cathode boundary by the use of a distributed DAE. The anode and membrane are modeled by the use of a lumped resistance.
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however, additional products may be required to completely define and model it. Furthermore, this example may also be defined and modeled using components from the following product combinations:
- COMSOL Multiphysics® and
- Batteries & Fuel Cells Module, CFD Module, or Chemical Reaction Engineering Module and
- Batteries & Fuel Cells Module, Corrosion Module, Electrochemistry Module, or Electrodeposition Module
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