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Multi-Physics, Multi-Scale Modeling in Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells

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Yun Wang, Sung Chan Cho

The University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA

Partha P. Mukherjee

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN

Paper No. IMECE2010-39208, pp. 1-14; 14 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 11: New Developments in Simulation Methods and Software for Engineering Applications; Safety Engineering, Risk Analysis and Reliability Methods; Transportation Systems
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 12–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4448-9
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


In recent years, the polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC) has emerged as a promising clean energy conversion device for various applications. One key research direction requiring significant breakthrough in order to alleviate performance limitations in PEFCs involves enhanced understanding of the coupled multi-physics transport phenomena and interfacial processes catering over multiple length scales in the constituent porous components. Multi-physics, multi-scale modeling is envisioned to hold the key toward enhanced understanding of the underlying structure-transport-performance interactions. In this article, a brief overview of several major aspects pertaining to the multi-physicochemical modeling of electrochemical reaction kinetics, species transport, two-phase heat and water transport, and phase change in the PEFC is presented.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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