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Liquid Behavior Across Porous Transport Layer in PEM Fuel Cell Cathode

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Kui Jiao, Biao Zhou

University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada

Paper No. FUELCELL2006-97019, pp. 983-991; 9 pages
  • ASME 2006 4th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • ASME 2006 Fourth International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology, Parts A and B
  • Irvine, California, USA, June 19–21, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4247-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-3780-7
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


Liquid water transport inside PEM fuel cells is one of the key challenges for water management in a proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell. Investigation of the air-water flow patterns inside fuel cell gas flow channels with porous transport layer (PTL) would provide valuable information that could be used in fuel cell design and optimization. This paper presents a numerical investigation of air-water flow across a PTL with a serpentine channel on PEM fuel cell cathode by use of a commercial Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software package FLUENT. Detailed flow patterns with air-water across the porous media were investigated and discussed.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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