Modeling of heat removal in a single-channel microscale fuel cell

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Abstract

Considerable waste heat is generated via the oxygen reduction reaction in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. Consequently, heat generation and removal in conventional fuel cell architectures has been carefully investigated in order to achieve effective thermal management. Here we present a novel microscale fuel cell design that utilizes a half-membrane electrode assembly. In this design, a single fuel/electrolyte stream provides an additional pathway for heat removal that is not present in traditional fuel cell architectures. The model presented here investigates heat removal over a range of inlet fuel temperatures. Heat generation densities are determined experimentally for all inlet fuel temperatures. The simulations presented here predict thermal profiles throughout this microscale fuel cell design. Simulation results show that the fuel stream dominates heat removal at room temperature. As inlet fuel temperature increases, the majority of heat removal occurs via convection with the ambient air. The model also shows that heat transfer through the oxidant channel is minimal over the range of inlet fuel temperatures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASME 2017 15th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology, FUELCELL 2017, collocated with the ASME 2017 Power Conference Joint with ICOPE 2017, the ASME 2017 11th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, and the ASME 2017 Nuclear Forum
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
ISBN (Electronic)9780791840566
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
EventASME 2017 15th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology, FUELCELL 2017, collocated with the ASME 2017 Power Conference Joint with ICOPE 2017, the ASME 2017 11th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, and the ASME 2017 Nuclear Forum - Charlotte, United States
Duration: Jun 26 2017Jun 30 2017

Publication series

NameASME 2017 15th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology, FUELCELL 2017, collocated with the ASME 2017 Power Conference Joint with ICOPE 2017, the ASME 2017 11th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, and the ASME 2017 Nuclear Forum

Other

OtherASME 2017 15th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology, FUELCELL 2017, collocated with the ASME 2017 Power Conference Joint with ICOPE 2017, the ASME 2017 11th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, and the ASME 2017 Nuclear Forum
CountryUnited States
CityCharlotte
Period6/26/176/30/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology

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