Parametric study of a PEM fuel cell with a thin-film agglomerate model

C. I. Lee, S. P. Jung, H. R. Shiu, W. C. Chang, C. H. Cheng

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A one-dimensional, two-phase, steady-state, multi-component transport as well as electrochemistry behavior mathematic model of a PEM fuel cell cathode is presented in this study. The catalyst layer structure is considered to be a cylindrical thin-film agglomerate. The objective of the study is to investigate the effects of the cell performance under different design parameters, such as platinum loading, radius of catalyst pellet, Nafion film thickness, catalyst layer thickness, and porosity of catalyst layer. Results of this model was agreed reasonably with the numerical modeling and experimental data of Lin et al. In addition, the electrochemical transport phenomena, such as oxygen concentration, water concentration, water saturated, and ionic potential, were examined. The parametric analysis reveals the important role of transport mechanism in catalyst layer and our results provides useful information on the electrode design parameters of PEM fuel cells for the MEA manufacturer.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFuel Cell Seminar 2010
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jul 1
Event2010 Fuel Cell Seminar and Exposition - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: 2010 Oct 182010 Oct 21

Publication series

NameECS Transactions
ISSN (Print)1938-5862
ISSN (Electronic)1938-6737


Other2010 Fuel Cell Seminar and Exposition
CountryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, TX

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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