Analysis of gas diffusion layer and flow-field design in a PEMFC using neutron radiography

Yoshizawa, Koudai, Ikezoe, Keigo, Tasaki, Yutaka, Kramer, Denis, Lehmann, Eberhard and Scherer, Günther (2008) Analysis of gas diffusion layer and flow-field design in a PEMFC using neutron radiography. Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 155, (3), B223-B227. (doi:10.1149/1.2823003).


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A carbon-cloth gas diffusion layer (GDL) displays better performance than a carbon-paper GDL under humidified conditions. A straight flow field displays better performance than a serpentine flow field. To investigate these phenomena, neutron radiography was used to compare the amount of liquid water that accumulated in test fuel cells. It was found that a larger amount of water accumulated in a carbon-cloth GDL than in a carbon-paper GDL. From the viewpoint of cell performance, the carbon-cloth GDL was less influenced by the accumulated water than the carbon-paper GDL. It is assumed that the broader pore distribution of a carbon-cloth GDL creates oxygen-diffusion paths even if water accumulates in the GDL. With a serpentine flow field, water accumulated in the corner and the gas bypassed the flow field. These phenomena are the main causes of performance deterioration with a serpentine flow field.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1149/1.2823003
ISSNs: 0013-4651 (print)
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences > Engineering Materials & Surface Engineering
ePrint ID: 189737
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
2 January 2008Published
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2011 13:50
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:40

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