Species Transport in the Gas Diffusion Layers of a PEM
Application ID: 260
This example focuses on the species transport within the gas diffusion layers (GDLs) of a proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell. The geometry models a cell with two adjacent flow channels of different pressures, a situation that may occur in a cell with serpentine flow channels, or in a cell using an interdigitated flow field design. The model uses current balances, mass transport equations (Maxwell-Stefan diffusion for reactants, water and nitrogen gas), and momentum transport (Darcy’s law for the gas flows) to simulate a PEM fuel cell’s behavior.
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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, or Chemical Reaction Engineering Module and
- Batteries & Fuel Cells Module, Corrosion Module, Electrochemistry Module, or Electrodeposition Module
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