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Modeling flow distribution for internally manifolded direct methanol fuel cell stacks

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Panagiotis Argyropoulos, Emeritus Professor Keith Scott, Dr Wathiq Taama


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A model is presented for the liquid feed direct methanol fuel cell, which describes the hydraulic behavior of an internally manifolded cell stack. The model is based on the homogeneous two-phase flow theory and mass conservation equation. The model predicts the pressure drop behavior of an individual fuel cell, and is used to calculate flow distribution through fuel cell stack internal manifolds. The flow distribution of the two-phase fluids in the anode and the cathode chambers is predicted as a function of cell operating parameters. An iterative numerical scheme is used to solve the differential equations for longitudinal momentum and continuity.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Argyropoulos P, Scott K, Taama WM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Chemical Engineering and Technology

Year: 2000

Volume: 23

Issue: 11

Pages: 985-995

Print publication date: 01/11/2000

ISSN (print): 0930-7516

ISSN (electronic): 1521-4125

Publisher: Wiley - VCH Verlag GmbH & Co


DOI: 10.1002/1521-4125(200011)23:11<985::AID-CEAT985>3.0.CO;2-D


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