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NUMERICAL INVESTIGATION OF HEAT TRANSPORT IN A DIRECT METHANOL FUEL CELL WITH ANISOTROPIC GAS DIFFUSION LAYERS

Zheng Miaoa, Ya-Ling Hea,*, Tian-Shou Zhaob, Wen-Quan Taoa

a Key Laboratory of Thermal Fluid Science and Engineering of MOE,State Key Laboratory of Multiphase Flow in Power Engineering, School of Energy and Power Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, 710049, P.R.China
b Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China

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Frontiers in Heat and Mass Transfer 2011, 2(1), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.5098/hmt.v2.1.3001

Abstract

A non-isothermal two-phase mass transport model is developed in this paper to investigate the heat generation and transport phenomena in a direct methanol fuel cell with anisotropic gas diffusion layers (GDLs). Thermal contact resistances at the GDL/CL (catalyst layer) and GDL/Rib interfaces, and the deformation of GDLs are considered together with the inherent anisotropy of the GDL. Latent heat effects due to condensation/evaporation of water and methanol between liquid and gas phases are also taken into account. Formulation of the two-phase mass transport across the membrane electrode assembly (MEA) is mainly based on the classical multiphase flow theory in the porous media. The numerical results show that the overall heat flux in MEA is mainly contributed to heat generation in anode and cathode CLs. And the anisotropic factors of the GDLs, including the inherent anisotropy, the spatially varying contact resistances, and the deformation of GDLs, have strong impacts on heat transport processes in the DMFC by altering the distribution of temperature across the MEA.

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Miao, Z., He, Y., Zhao, T., Tao, W. (2011). NUMERICAL INVESTIGATION OF HEAT TRANSPORT IN A DIRECT METHANOL FUEL CELL WITH ANISOTROPIC GAS DIFFUSION LAYERS. Frontiers in Heat and Mass Transfer, 2(1), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.5098/hmt.v2.1.3001
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Miao Z, He Y, Zhao T, Tao W. NUMERICAL INVESTIGATION OF HEAT TRANSPORT IN A DIRECT METHANOL FUEL CELL WITH ANISOTROPIC GAS DIFFUSION LAYERS. Front Heat Mass Transf. 2011;2(1):1-10 https://doi.org/10.5098/hmt.v2.1.3001
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Z. Miao, Y. He, T. Zhao, and W. Tao "NUMERICAL INVESTIGATION OF HEAT TRANSPORT IN A DIRECT METHANOL FUEL CELL WITH ANISOTROPIC GAS DIFFUSION LAYERS," Front. Heat Mass Transf., vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 1-10. 2011. https://doi.org/10.5098/hmt.v2.1.3001



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