Performance modeling of PEM fuel cell operated on reformate

Tianhong Zhou, Hongtan Liu

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Abstract

A three-dimensional mathematical model of PEM fuel cell operated on reformate is developed based on our previous established fuel cell model (Zhou and Liu, 2001), by incorporating the adsorption and oxidation kinetics of CO on platinum surface proposed by Springer et al (1997, 2001). This model is capable of studying the effect of CO poisoning as well as the hydrogen dilution effect by inert gases. The adsorption and oxidation kinetics of CO on platinum surface are incorporated in the source terms of the species equations, thus basic form of the mathematical equations are the same as those used for PEM fuel cell operated on pure hydrogen. With this model, we can obtain detailed information on the CO poisoning and variation of CO and hydrogen concentrations inside the anode. The modeling results from this 3D model revealed many new phenomena that cannot be obtained from previous 1D or 2D models. The model can be used to provide guidance for anode design optimizations. In the paper, results of the effects of various operating and design parameters, such as anode flow rate, gas diffuser porosity, gas diffuser thickness, and the width of the collector plate shoulder, are also presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
Subtitle of host publicationFirst International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
Pages233-240
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)0791836681, 9780791836682
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003
EventFirst International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology - Rochester, NY, United States
Duration: Apr 21 2003Apr 23 2003

Publication series

NameFuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology

Other

OtherFirst International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
CountryUnited States
CityRochester, NY
Period4/21/034/23/03

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology

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    Zhou, T., & Liu, H. (2003). Performance modeling of PEM fuel cell operated on reformate. In Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology: First International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology (pp. 233-240). (Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology). American Society of Mechanical Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1115/fuelcell2003-1724