A CFD based two-fluid model for a DMFC

Valeri A. Danilov, Jongkoo Lim, Il Moon, Kyoung Hwan Choi

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A CFD model for modeling gas evolution and flow patterns in a direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) is presented. The model is based on two-fluid model with a new method for estimating the gas content without empirical mass transfer coefficients. The new equation for the source term is derived using the equilibrium flash equation for multicomponent gas-liquid stream. The improved two-fluid model allows studying the effect of flow field geometry on gas evolution and fuel cell performance without empirical correlations. The simulations of different flow field geometries provide a good illustration of the capability of the CFD model. Simulation results and main conclusions qualitatively agreed with experimental observations for a transparent DMFC available in literature. The developed 3D CFD model includes all relevant phenomena and factors and it is valuable for gas management in a DMFC design. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase (Cincinnati, OH 10/30/2005-11/4/2005).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication05AIChE
Subtitle of host publication2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase, Conference Proceedings
PublisherAmerican Institute of Chemical Engineers
ISBN (Print)0816909962, 9780816909964
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event05AIChE: 2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase - Cincinnati, OH, United States
Duration: 2005 Oct 302005 Nov 4

Publication series

NameAIChE Annual Meeting Conference Proceedings


Other05AIChE: 2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCincinnati, OH

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Energy


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