Simulation of Flow Field Pattern Influence on the Hydrogen Consumption in A PEMFC

Simulation of Flow Field Pattern Influence on the Hydrogen Consumption in A PEMFC

M.J. Palacios A. Perez-Hernandez P.J. Sebastian

Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados, Miguel de Cervantes 120, Complejo industrial Chihuahua, 31109 Chihuahua, México

Instituto de Energias Renovables-UNAM, Temixco, Morelos 62580, México

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16 July 2012
20 September 2012
8 April 2013
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Simulations results are presented in this paper, which were obtained on investigating the effects of flow patterns on the hydro-

gen consumption in a proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). In this study, a 3-D computational model was developed to investi- gate the influence of the flow and depth of the channels on hydrogen consumption. Simulation results showed the influence of depth in the distribution of hydrogen concentration. The flow channel pattern adopted in this study is the serpentine flow channel.


fuel cell, bipolar plate, simulation, flow field

1. Introduction
2. The Three-Dimensional Model
3. Results and Discussion
4. Conclusions
5. Acknowledgments

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