3-dimensional CFD simulation modeling for optimal flow field design of direct methanol fuel cell bipolar plate

Minsu Kim, Wonsub Lim, Minhye Lee, Il Moon

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Abstract

The objective of this study is to develop a 3D DMFC model for modeling gas evolution and flow patterns to design optimal flow field for gas management. The gas management on the anode side is important issues in DMFC design and they greatly influence the performance of the fuel cell. The flow field is tightly related to gas management and distribution. Since experiment for the optimal design of various flow fields is difficult and expensive due to high bipolar pate cost, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is implemented to solve the problem. A two-fluid model was developed for CFD based flow field design. The CFD analysis is used to visualize and to analyze the flow pattern and to reduce the number of experiments. Case studies of typical flow field designs such as serpentine, zigzag and parallel type illustrate application of the model. This study presents simulation results of velocity and pressure. The suggested model is verified to be useful for the optimal flow field design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICCAS-SICE 2009 - ICROS-SICE International Joint Conference 2009, Proceedings
Pages5463-5468
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 1
EventICROS-SICE International Joint Conference 2009, ICCAS-SICE 2009 - Fukuoka, Japan
Duration: 2009 Aug 182009 Aug 21

Publication series

NameICCAS-SICE 2009 - ICROS-SICE International Joint Conference 2009, Proceedings

Other

OtherICROS-SICE International Joint Conference 2009, ICCAS-SICE 2009
CountryJapan
CityFukuoka
Period09/8/1809/8/21

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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Kim, M., Lim, W., Lee, M., & Moon, I. (2009). 3-dimensional CFD simulation modeling for optimal flow field design of direct methanol fuel cell bipolar plate. In ICCAS-SICE 2009 - ICROS-SICE International Joint Conference 2009, Proceedings (pp. 5463-5468). [5333184] (ICCAS-SICE 2009 - ICROS-SICE International Joint Conference 2009, Proceedings).