Study of a PEMFC performance based on a novel current distribution measurement method

Guangsheng Zhang, Hong Sun, Liejin Guo, Dehua Shang, Hongtan Liu

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Abstract

With the novel and simple current distribution measurement gasket developed by MPFL, the performance of a single PEM fuel cell with serpentine flow field was investigated without modifying any of its components. Inhomogeneous current distributions were demonstrated clearly by the measurement results. Current distribution at different cell operating parameters, including reactant gas flow rate, reactant gas humidification temperature and cell operating temperature, were measured and the effects of such parameters were analyzed. Reactant gas flow rate exert effects on current distribution by influencing the reactant concentration distribution, while the critical effects of gas humidification and cell temperature is caused by their significant influence on water balance and water distribution in PEM fuel cell. To fully understand the combined effects of such factors, simultaneous measurement of current distribution, reactant distribution, temperature distribution and humidification distribution is necessary and will be helpful.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication16th World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2006, WHEC 2006
Pages2275-2282
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Event16th World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2006, WHEC 2006 - Lyon, France
Duration: Jun 13 2006Jun 16 2006

Publication series

Name16th World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2006, WHEC 2006
Volume3

Other

Other16th World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2006, WHEC 2006
CountryFrance
CityLyon
Period6/13/066/16/06

Keywords

  • Current distribution
  • Gasket
  • Measurement
  • PEMFC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology

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    Zhang, G., Sun, H., Guo, L., Shang, D., & Liu, H. (2006). Study of a PEMFC performance based on a novel current distribution measurement method. In 16th World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2006, WHEC 2006 (pp. 2275-2282). (16th World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2006, WHEC 2006; Vol. 3).