Mechanistic modeling of electrochemical charge transfer in HT-PEM fuel cells

Unnikrishnan, Anusree and Rajalakshmi, Natarajan and Janardhanan, V (2018) Mechanistic modeling of electrochemical charge transfer in HT-PEM fuel cells. Electrochimica Acta, 261. pp. 436-444. ISSN 0013-4686

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An electrochemical model for H2 oxidation and O2 reduction in HT-PEM fuel cells derived from multi-step single electron transfer elementary reactions is presented. The exchange current density expressions are free from arbitrary order dependency with respect to the concentration of reactants and products. The reaction mechanism also considers CO adsorption and desorption, which enables the prediction of cell performance drop due to CO poisoning. The electrochemical model is coupled with a quasi two dimensional model of the cell, which resolves the flow channel in the axial direction and the electrodes along its length and thickness. A 3 cm long cell is simulated and the results are compared with experimental measurements. Very good agreement is obtained between the model predictions and experimental measurements for cell operating on pure H2 and with 1–16% CO in the temperature range of 150–200 °C.

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Janardhanan, V
Item Type: Article
Subjects: Chemical Engineering
Divisions: Department of Chemical Engineering
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Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2018 09:26
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