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Fluid Flow and Current Density Distribution in Large-area HT PEMFCs

G. C. Bandlamudi[1,2], C. Siegel[2], C. Heßke[1], and A. Heinzel[1,2]
[1]ZBT Duisburg, Duisburg, Germany
[2]University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany

High temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (HT PEMFCs) are very promising technologies when used in combined cooling and heating power (CCHP) systems. They are operated at 160°C, offering the possibility of high tolerance to fuel impurities and a possibility to use the heat generated for cooling and heating purposes, leading to higher total system efficiency. Employing a 24 ...

2-D Modeling of CO2 Electrolysis Using Gas Diffusion Electrode Operate at Neutral pH and Mild Conditions

A. Monteverde Videla[1], N. Vasile[1], G. Saracco[1]
[1] Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Centre for Sustainable Future Technologies, Turin, Italy

CO2 capture and further conversion into valuable products can be a promising solution against global warming. Normally, CO2 conversion can be achieved by chemical methods, by photocatalytic and electrocatalytic reduction [1]. Specifically for electrocatalytic reduction of CO2, challenges remain, such as the slow kinetics of CO2 electro-reduction, even when high electrode reduction potential are ...

Simulation of C-MEMS Based Enzymatic Biofuel Cell

Y. Parikh, V. Penmatsa, J. Yang, and C. Wang

Department of Mechanical & Material Science Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA

An Enzymatic Biofuel Cell (EBFC) converts the chemical energy in biological fuels into electricity. In this work, we optimize the performance of the Carbon-Micro Electro Mechanical system in an EBFC by using COMSOL Multiphysics. With a simple model, we realized that most of the glucose reacts with enzymes at the top of the electrode posts, while the bottoms of the posts remain deficient of the ...

Hybrid Multiscale Modeling of Corrosion Nanoinhibitors Transport

C. Trenado[1], D. Strauss[1,2], and M. Wittmar[2]
[1]Computational Diagnostics & Biocybernetics Unit, Saarland University Hospital, Homburg, Germany
[2]Leibniz-Institute for New Materials, Saarbrücken, Germany

Progress in coating technology has allowed for the development of free-chromate corrosion inhibitors, which are able to smartly migrate when required. In order to support the coating design, we propose a hybrid mathematical model to study the inhibitor's release by taking into account the thermodynamics and kinetics involved in the corrosion process. The proposed model is ...

Optimization of an Electrochemistry System

D. Mi [1],
[1] KEISOKU Engineering System Co., Ltd., Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Optimization of a typical electrochemical system with insulating shields is considered in this work, which objective is to reduce the current peak due to singularity and smooth the current density distribution along electrode surface. Moving mesh method was adopted to allow change in design variables, i.e., position and width of the insulating shields. It was found that combining optimization ...

Modeling Migration-Diffusion-Reaction Processes in an Idealized Lithium-Sulfur Cell

G. Minton [1], R. Purkayastha [1], S. Walus [1], M. Marinescu [2], T. Zhang [2], G. Offer [2],
[1] Oxis Energy Ltd, Oxford, United Kingdom
[2] Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

During the basic operation of a lithium-sulfur (Li-S) cell, sulfur molecules are required to undergo a complex mix of electrochemical and chemical reaction processes. To date, almost all modeling of Li-S cell behavior has been undertaken using electroneutral, structurally homogenized, cell scale models accounting for most of these processes. The presented work was undertaken in order to try and ...

Uniform Reaction Rates and Optimal Porosity Design for Hydrogen Fuel Cells

J. H. Al-Smail [1]
[1] King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

We develop a porosity-optimization problem to improve the electrochemical reactions taking place in hydrogen fuel cells. We introduce a mathematical model, which involves a system of conservation laws defined in a porous space domain. Our goal is to find the domain's optimal porosity function that can make the oxygen-hydrogen reaction as uniform as possible. The optimal porosity design ...

Modeling the chloride-induced corrosion initiation of steel rebar in concrete

P. Ghods[1], K. Karadakis[1], O. B. Isgor[1], and G. McRae[1]
[1]Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Corrosion of rebar in concrete is one of the most prominent durability problems in reinforced concrete, especially where de-icing or seawater salts come into contact with the structures. Previous electrochemical and microscopic investigations have shown that local crevices between the mill scale and the underlying steel surface accelerate the corrosion initiation of rebar in concrete. Steel ...

Optimizing Fuel Cell Design with COMSOL Multiphysics

Chin-Hsien Cheng[1]
[1]Renewable Energy RD Center, Chung-Hsin Electric & Machinery, Taiwan

Proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) were investigated using COMSOL Multiphysics with the AC/DC Module and Chemical Engineering Module. Simulation may be used to increase the performance while decreasing the cost of the catalyst later (CL). Experimental validation of single and multi-layer CL was performed for varied PBI electrolyte content. The validated model was used to investigate ...

Alternative Designs to Harness Natural Convection in Flow Batteries

A. Ansari [1], S. Kumar [1],
[1] Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

The earlier work in our group has established that natural convection plays a dominant role in SLRFB. We used it to run a battery in which interestingly, the contents are agitated for brief spells when no current flows through it. The present work focuses on electrode configurations that harness the role of natural convection. In one such configuration, electrodes are positioned away from cell ...