Influences of operational factors on proton exchange membrane fuel cell performance with modified interdigitated flow field design

Hui Wen Ku, Horng Wen Wu

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Abstract

This paper presents a novel design of the rectangular parallelepiped within the interdigitated flow field to augment the performance of a PEM fuel cell by simulation and experiment. The numerical results indicate that the performance is enhanced with increasing the rectangular parallelepiped number because of stronger obstructing reactant gases through the channel to enter catalyst layers. In addition, the novel design is numerically obtained for the interdigitated flow field. The operational parameters are then determined by the Taguchi method on the experiment according to the novel design. The net power obtained is 26% greater for the novel design at the optimum parameter combination of A2B3C2D2E2 than for the smooth-walled channel at the A2B2C 2D3E3.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-208
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Power Sources
Volume232
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Feb 11

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Proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC)
fuel cells
Flow fields
flow distribution
membranes
parallelepipeds
protons
Taguchi methods
Fuel cells
Gases
Experiments
catalysts
Catalysts
gases
simulation

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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