PEM Fuel Cell Stack
Application ID: 103241
This tutorial model defines a polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell stack, consisting of five fuel cells.
The flow field in the individual plates is described using a anisotropic permeability, defining the governing flow direction.
The hydrogen and oxygen channels are antisymmetric and give a co-current flow in the inlet and outlet section, and a counter-current flow in the middle of the plates.
The model includes a full coupling between fluid flow, multicomponent transport, electrolyte potential, and electrode potentials. The model includes detailed electrode kinetics and thermodynamics.
The cell voltage is varied in a so-called auxiliary sweep in order to compute a polarization (I vs V) curve.
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