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Mathematical Formulation of a PEM Fuel Cell Model

E. Robalinho [1], E. F. Cunha [2], M. Linardi [2], E. I. Santiago [2],
[1] Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares - IPEN/CNEN, São Paulo, SP, Brazil; and Instituto Federal do Rio Grande do Sul - IFRS, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
[2] Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares - IPEN/CNEN, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

The idea of a friendly implementation of a mathematical formulation using specialist software was performed with the support of COMSOL Multiphysics® software with Chemical Reaction Engineering and Batteries & Fuel Cell Modules. The real problem of a Proton Exchange Membrane – PEM fuel cell modeling involves different scales, multiple variables and processes, coupling of solvers and experimental ...

Simulation of the Shape of Micro Geometries Generated with Jet Electrochemical Machining

M. Hackert[1], G. Meichsner[2], and A. Schubert[1,2]
[1]Micromanufacturing Technology, Chemnitz University of Technology, Chemnitz, Germany
[2]Fraunhofer Institute of Machine Tools and Forming Technology, Chemnitz, Germany

Electrochemical Machining with a closed electrolytic free jet is a special procedure to generate complex micro structures by help of anodic dissolution. The work piece shape is fabricated by supplying an electrolytic current through an electrolyte jet ejected from a small nozzle. In this study COMSOL Multiphysics is used to simulate the electric current density in the jet and the dissolution ...

Design and Implementation of a Small UAV’s Pod Equipped with a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell

N. Briguglio [1], G. Giacoppo [1], O. Barbera [1], F. Cipiti [1], M. Ferraro [1], G. Brunaccini [1], L. Di Giovanni [1], N. Randazzo [1], E. Antonucci [1]
[1] CNR ITAE, Italy

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have recently received great interest due to their great potential in both military and civil applications [1-4]. Testing and construction of UAVs is expensive and time consuming and a simulation approach can help to reduce cost for both design and tests. In this paper, the authors have used COMSOL Multiphysics software to design a UAV’s pod equipped with a Solid ...

High-Temperature Sodium/Metal Chloride Storage Battery

M. Vallance[1], and R. White[2]
[1]General Electric Global Research Center, Niskayuna, NY, USA
[2]Department of Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA

Sodium/metal chloride storage batteries, used in hybrid propulsion applications, provide high energy and power densities safely and reliably. To understand the dynamics of electrochemical cycling, a high-temperature sodium/ferrous chloride storage cell was modeled in two dimensions. The time-dependent solution shows that a reaction front, starting at the interface with the negative electrode, ...

Tertiary Current Distributions on the Wafer in a Plating Cell

L. Tong[1]
[1]Keisoku Engineering System Co., Tokyo, Japan

The tertiary current distributions on the wafer in a plating cell are studied in this work. An acid copper sulfate electrolyte composed of CuSO4/5H2O of 2.4 g/L and H2SO4 of 90 g/L is taken into account for copper deposition on the wafer. The solution of shear-plate agitating fluid dynamics is coupled into the calculation of tertiary current distributions. The obtained distributions of tertiary ...

Numerical Study of Microfluidic Fuel Cell Performance

A. E. Khabbazi[1], A.J. Richards[1], and M. Hoorfar[1]
[1]School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan, Kelowna, BC Canada, Canada

Using COMSOL Multiphysics 3.5, a numerical model has been developed to determine the effect of the channel geometry and electrode configuration on cell performance based on polarization curves. The Butler-Volmer equation was implemented to determine the reaction rates at the electrodes. The Conductive Media DC module is used to model the electric fields within the fuel cell.

Effect of Channel Width on Fuel Cell Performance Using 3D Modelling

R. Pushpangadan, S. S. Dimble, and S. P. Duttagupta
IIT Bombay
Maharasthra, India

A three Dimensional model of the PEM Fuel cell is implemented using COMSOL Multiphysics and the channel width is varied to study the performance.Effect of channel width on the performance of the cell is studied by varying the width of the channel and keeping channel width to rib ratio constant at 1. Rib width is the width of the GDL area which is not covered by the channel. All other parameters ...

Two-dimensional Model of a Lithium Iron-Phosphate Single Particle

M. Cugnet [1][2],
[1] Université Grenoble Alpes INES, Le Bourget du Lac, France
[2] CEA, LITEN, Grenoble, France

Introduction: Lithium-ion batteries are widely used as power sources for portable electronic devices (laptop, phones, and players) and electric cars due to their high energy density. New applications, such as Formula E, require also a huge power capability that the iron-phosphate-based positive electrode is able to provide. Indeed, a recent publication [1] shows that, at the particle level (20 ...

Numerical and Experimental Study of Flow, Heat Transfer and Concentration in a Scaled-up Fuel Cell Anode Channel Model

J. C. Torchia-Nüñez[1], and J.G. Cervantes-de-Gortari[1]

[1]Department of Thermal Engineering, National University of Mexico, UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico

Flow, concentration and temperature fields are studied with numerical and experimental methods inside a scaled-up fuel cell anode channel model. The low aspect ratio channel has a porous medium as the inferior wall where a mixing of different pH solutions occurs. Chromatic change of phenolphthalein is used to visualize concentration field and Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) is used to visualize ...

Using Computational Multiphysics to Optimise Channel Design for a Novel PEM Fuel Cell Stack

F. A. Daniels[1], D. J. L. Brett[1], A. R. Kucernak[2], and C. Attingre[2]
[1]University College London, London, UK
[2]Imperial College London, London, UK

Polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells have significant potential as a source of clean, efficient energy production. This study presents a three-dimensional, non-isothermal, fully-coupled model of a PEM fuel cell with printed circuit board current collectors. The effect of the current collector design on transport phenomena and consequent cell performance is investigated. The model ...