Effect of Cell Potentials on Gas Diffusion Layer Velocity with Serpentine Flow Channel in PEM Fuel Cell

Authors(5) :-Dr.R.Rajappan, G. Gurunathan, P. Paramadhayalan, S. Purushothaman, R. Girimurugan

In this work, the influences of various cell voltages on the reactant gases velocity distribution at Gas Diffusion Layer (GDL)with conventional serpentine flow field in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) is numerically studied. The six different cell potentials like (0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.7, 0.8 and 0.9V) were taken into account to optimize an effective velocity distribution of the reactant gases inside the cell at Gas Diffusion Layer. The numerical results show that the reactant gases distribution at GDL is enhanced with increases in cell potentials. Under the optimal fuel flow rate conditions, the PEM fuel cell with a cell potential of 0.6V provides the better velocity distribution of reactant gases at the Gas Diffusion Layer among the other five cell potentials.

Authors and Affiliations

Dr.R.Rajappan
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mailam Engineering College, Mailam, Villupuram, Tamilnadu, India
G. Gurunathan
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mailam Engineering College, Mailam, Villupuram, Tamilnadu, India
P. Paramadhayalan
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mailam Engineering College, Mailam, Villupuram, Tamilnadu, India
S. Purushothaman
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mailam Engineering College, Mailam, Villupuram, Tamilnadu, India
R. Girimurugan
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Nandha College of Technology, Erode, Tamilnadu, India

PEM Fuel Cell; Serpentine flow fields; GDL velocity; Cell voltages, COMSOL.

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Publication Details

Published in : Volume 2 | Issue 2 | March-April 2016
Date of Publication : 2016-04-30
License:  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Page(s) : 61-65
Manuscript Number : IJSRST162125
Publisher : Technoscience Academy

Print ISSN : 2395-6011, Online ISSN : 2395-602X

Cite This Article :

Dr.R.Rajappan, G. Gurunathan, P. Paramadhayalan, S. Purushothaman, R. Girimurugan, " Effect of Cell Potentials on Gas Diffusion Layer Velocity with Serpentine Flow Channel in PEM Fuel Cell", International Journal of Scientific Research in Science and Technology(IJSRST), Print ISSN : 2395-6011, Online ISSN : 2395-602X, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.61-65, March-April-2016.
Journal URL : http://ijsrst.com/IJSRST162125

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