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Modeling of HTPEM Fuel Cell Start-Up Process by Using COMSOL Multiphysics

Y. Wang[1], D. Uwe Sauer[1]
[1]Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Systems, Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (ISEA), RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

HTPEM fuel cells are considered to be the next generation fuel cells. The electrochemical kinetics for electrode reactions are enhanced by using PBI membrane at an operation temperature between 160-180 °C comparing to LTPEM fuel cells. But starting HTPEM fuel cells from room temperature to an operation temperature is a challenge. In this work, using preheated air to heat up the fuel cells ...

Optimizing Electrode Surface Area by COMSOL Multiphysics®

B K SRIHARI[1], Dr K Nagarajan[1], Dr B Prabhakar Reddy[1], P VENKATESH[1]
[1]Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu, India

In the design of electrorefiner, Working electrode and Counter electrode surface areas are very important. The main aim of this study is to understand the effect of the ratio of Anode to cathode Surface areas in an electrorefining cell. Application of this model to design electrorefiner for metallic spent nuclear fuel is discussed with respect to Uranium recovery. Shaping of real anode surface ...

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, ...

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 ...

Aluminization Process from Ionic Liquid in Operative Conditions: Validation and Perspective

A. Giaccherini [1], E. Berretti [2], S. Martinuzzi [1], S. Caporali [1],
[1] INSTM, Firenze, Italy
[2] Department of Chemistry, University of Florence, Firenze, Italy

This work is a first evaluation of the validity of the frozen rotor approximation for the simulation of a stirred beaker. The agreement is good, further analysis will be carried before using the model to optimize labscale setup dedicated to IL electrochemistry.

Simulating the Influence of the Nozzle Diameter on the Shape of Micro Geometries Generated with Jet Electrochemical Machining

A. Schubert[1][2], M. Hackert[1], and G. Meichsner[2]

[1]Chair Micromanufacturing Technology, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Chemnitz University of Technology, Chemnitz, Germany
[2]Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology, Chemnitz, Germany

Jet Electrochemical Machining (Jet-ECM) is an unconventional procedure for micromachining. Based on localized anodic dissolution three-dimensional geometries and microstructured surfaces can be manufactured using Jet-ECM. COMSOL Multiphysics is used at Chemnitz UT to simulate the electric current density in the jet and the dissolution process. A mesh displacement dependent on the normal current ...

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 ...

Low Pt Cathodes for High Performance PEMFCs: Modeling and Experiments

F. Daouda[1], J. Hamelin[1], P. Benard[1], S. Kumar Natarajan [1]
[1]Insitut de recherche sur l'hydrogène, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

We present a novel multi-layered electrode fabrication technique for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). This method consists of alternate layers of Pt deposition (0.05 mg/cm²) by sputtering on the painted multi-walled carbon-Nafion layer (CNL) with larger concentration of catalyst particles closer to the membrane. Parametric models were developed and validated by experimental ...

Modeling and Simulation of Redox Titration of Metal Oxides at Porous Microelectrodes

L. Balboa [1], M. Hänsch [1] , J. Behnken [1], G. Wittstock [1],
[1] Institute of Chemistry, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany

In the past two decades, highly porous nanostructured materials have been investigated and used for a large variety of applications, such as catalysis, energy conversion/storage, optics, sensing and more. Nanoporous gold (npAu) is one of such materials which have shown great potential as an electrocatalyst due to not only its physical properties but its surface chemistry as well. It presents a ...

Towards the Modeling of Microgalvanic Corrosion in Aluminum Alloys: the Choice of Boundary Conditions

N. Murer[1], N. Missert[2], and R. Bucchheit[1]

[1]Fontana Corrosion Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA
[2]Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, USA

Aluminum alloys in near-neutral, mildly aggressive solutions, undergo damage accumulation during corrosion, mostly due to the presence of micrometer-sized constituent intermetallic particles (IMP) that create a microstructural discontinuity at which localized corrosion occurs. The Nernst-Planck equation with electroneutrality is used to simulate current and pH distributions resulting from ...