Experimental investigation on the performance of a PEM fuel cell with an open pore cellular foam flow channel

F.N. Khatib, T. Wilberforce (Contributor), A. Al-Makky (Contributor), J. Thompson (Contributor), A.G. Olabi (Contributor)

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Abstract

This investigation considered the possibility of replacing the traditional flow channel in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) with an open pore cellular foam material. The work considered varying several physical parameters to ascertain the impact on the PEM fuel cell performance. Again, the water management of the fuel cell using this viable technological design
approach was critically analysed and the results compared with the traditional fuel cell. With the help of polarisation curves, the performance of the open
pore cellular foam material was seen significantly better when compared to the serpentine flow channel design. The experimental data was compared with the mathematical model and there was a good balance between the results. It was observed that the current density for a porous channel increased by 75% to that of traditional serpentine flow channel.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 4 Oct 2017
Event12th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems - Hotel Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: 4 Oct 20178 Oct 2017
http://www.dubrovnik2017.sdewes.org/

Conference

Conference12th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems
Abbreviated title12th SDEWES Conference
CountryCroatia
CityDubrovnik
Period4/10/178/10/17
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    Khatib, F. N., Wilberforce, T., Al-Makky, A., Thompson, J., & Olabi, A. G. (2017). Experimental investigation on the performance of a PEM fuel cell with an open pore cellular foam flow channel. Poster session presented at 12th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems, Dubrovnik, Croatia.