Date of Award

2010

Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.Sc.

Department

Mechanical, Automotive, and Materials Engineering

First Advisor

Zhou, Biao (Mechanical, Automotive and Materials Engineering)

Keywords

Engineering, Mechanical.

Rights

info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Abstract

The liquid water removal process in the Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) has a large influence on the fuel cell performance since the PEMFC works under a relatively low temperature. In this project, the water behavior in both the gas flow channels and porous layer at the cathode side of a PEMFC with different channel geometry are studied numerically. Commercial Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software package FLUENT 6.3.26 is used to conduct the simulation. The methodology applied in the numerical investigation using the Volume of Fluid (VOF) model in this software package and the numerical fuel cell model constructed in this project is validated with an experiment.

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