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Numerical Simulation of an Innovative PEM Fuel Cell Stack

[+] Author Affiliations
Kanthi L. Bhamidipati, Hoda Amani, Sylvia Strauss, Tequila A. L. Harris

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Paper No. FuelCell2008-65167, pp. 267-274; 8 pages
doi:10.1115/FuelCell2008-65167
From:
  • ASME 2008 6th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • ASME 2008 6th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, June 16–18, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4318-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3822-6
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME

abstract

This paper describes a novel design approach for a fuel cell stack to address the uniformity of reactant streams and eliminate the bipolar plate to reduce cost, size, volume, and weight. Computational analysis for a novel PEM fuel cell stack and two conventional stacks is conducted. Preliminary results based on a comparison study have shown that eliminating bipolar plates from the fuel cell drastically increases power density, while maintaining uniformity in reactant distribution. Specifically, preliminary case studies suggest that the power density using the novel design is four times that of conventional approaches.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME

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