Analysis and optimization of flow distribution channels for uniform flow in fuel cells

Peiwen Li, Devasubramaniam Coopamah, Nikesh Dhar

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Abstract

The paper presents the results of investigation about flow distribution and uniformity of flow fields in three types of flow distributors with novel design. The flow distributors have a number of bifurcations to split one flow into a number of sub-streams of equal flow rates on a bipolar plate which may accommodate the electrochemical reaction in a fuel cell. There are three types of bifurcation structures studied, which are the 90° tee-type, rounded-type, and slanted-type. Numerical analysis and experimental test was conducted to investigate the flow uniformity in a multiple channels that come from several stages of bifurcations. Pressure drops of the whole flow field from inlet to outlet of the bipolar plates were also studied in the numerical simulation. Overall evaluation of flow uniformity and pressure drops in the three designs was also conducted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2008 Proceedings of the ASME Fluids Engineering Division Summer Conference, FEDSM 2008
Pages915-920
Number of pages6
EditionPART B
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 21 2009
Event2008 ASME Fluids Engineering Division Summer Conference, FEDSM 2008 - Jacksonville, FL, United States
Duration: Aug 10 2008Aug 14 2008

Publication series

Name2008 Proceedings of the ASME Fluids Engineering Division Summer Conference, FEDSM 2008
NumberPART B
Volume1

Other

Other2008 ASME Fluids Engineering Division Summer Conference, FEDSM 2008
CountryUnited States
CityJacksonville, FL
Period8/10/088/14/08

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Mechanical Engineering

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    Li, P., Coopamah, D., & Dhar, N. (2009). Analysis and optimization of flow distribution channels for uniform flow in fuel cells. In 2008 Proceedings of the ASME Fluids Engineering Division Summer Conference, FEDSM 2008 (PART B ed., pp. 915-920). (2008 Proceedings of the ASME Fluids Engineering Division Summer Conference, FEDSM 2008; Vol. 1, No. PART B). https://doi.org/10.1115/FEDSM2008-55180