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Transparent PEM Fuel Cells for Direct Visualization Experiments

Rosli, MI, Borman, DJ, Ingham, DB, Ismail, MS, Ma, L and Pourkashanian, M (2010) Transparent PEM Fuel Cells for Direct Visualization Experiments. Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology, 7 (6). ISSN 1550-624X


This paper reviews some of the previous research works on direct visualization of water behavior inside proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells using a transparent single cell. Several papers which have employed the method have been selected and summarized, and a comparison between the design of the cell, materials, methods, and visual results are presented. The important aspects, advantages of the method, and a summary on the previous investigations are discussed. Some initial works on transparent PEM fuel cell design using a single serpentine flow-field pattern are described. The results show that the direct visualization via transparent PEM fuel cells could be one potential technique for investigating the water behavior inside the channels and a very promising way forward to provide useful data for validation in PEM fuel cell modeling and simulation.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Polymer electrolyte membrane, water distribution, flow-field, 2-phase flow, cathode, PEFC, transport
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Chemical & Process Engineering (Leeds) > Computational Fluid Dynamics (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2011 12:03
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2016 10:15
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/1.4001353
Status: Published
Publisher: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Identification Number: 10.1115/1.4001353
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43107

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