Advanced Multiphase PEFC Performance Model

 

Purpose and Capabilities

The purpose of the model is to predict performance of a single cell, of which the geometric parameters, material properties, transport parameters and the operating conditions are specified by the user.

The capability of the model includes multiple flow field architectures (land-channel flow field or open flow field), flow arrangements (coflow or counterflow), oxidants (air or heliox). Important material and transport parameters (water content–activity correlation, ionic conductivity, dissolved water diffusion coefficient) can be tailored by user input. The model was extensively validated as described in the publications and presentations listed below.

How to Download and Run the Program

Three elements are required to run the program:

  1. input file “input.dat” copied & pasted from input worksheet “input.xlsx”
  2. executable program “TEST.exe”
  3. an empty folder named “out”, where all the output files will be

Steps to run the program:

  1. prepared "inp ut.dat" from "input.xlsx"
  2. make sure all "input.dat", "TEST.exe" and folder "out" are under the same directory
  3. double click "TEST.exe"

Download a PDF of the User Guide.

Downloadable Files

input.dat

input.xlsx

Test.exe

Peer-reviewed Journal Papers

1. Srouji A. K., Zheng L. J., Dross R., Turhan A., Mench M. M., “Oxygen transport in PEFC with ultra-low loading electrodes,” in preparation.
2. Srouji A. K., Zheng L. J., Dross, R., Turhan A., Mench M. M., “Water management in PEFC with porous metallic flow field at ultra-high current density,” Journal of Power Sources, 239, 433 (2012).
3. Zheng L. J., Srouji A. K., Dross, R., Turhan A., Mench M. M., “Computational engineering of porous flow field PEFCs to enable high temperature high power density operation,” Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 160, F119 (2013).
4. Srouji A. K., Zheng L. J., Dross, R., Turhan A., Mench M. M., “Performance and mass transport in open metalic element architecture fuel cells at ultra-high current density,” Journal of Power Sources, 218, 341 (2012).
5. Zheng L. J., Srouji A. K., Turhan A., Mench M. M., “Computational exploration of ultra-high current PEFC operation with porous flow field,” Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 159, F267 (2012).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentations at Technical Conferences

1. (Plenary Talk) Dross, R. “Ultra-High Power Density Fuel Cell Stacks Enabling Commercialization Through Cost Reduction”.  Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion Forum, Knoxville, Tennessee, March 19, 2012.
2. (Invited) M. M. Mench, “Progress in Ultra-High Current Fuel Cell Designs and Emerging Research Challenges in Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells,” University of Toronto Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Distinguished Seminar Series, University of Toronto, March 9, 2012.
3. (Plenary Talk) M. M. Mench, “Characterization of Heat & Water Transport in Gas Diffusion Layers and Associated Interfaces,” ECS Fall 2011 meeting.
4. (Invited) M. M. Mench,  “Progress in Ultra-High Current Fuel Cell Designs in Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells and Pathway to Greatly Enhanced Power Density in All-Vanadium Flow Batteries,” University of Padova, Italy, June 12, 2012.
5. (Keynote Speaker), Mench, M. M., “Pathways to Achieve Ultra-High Power, Low Cost Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells Through Heat and Water Management,” The International Workshop on Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy, KAIST University, Republic of Korea, on February 16th, 2012.
6. (Keynote Speaker), Mench, M. M., “Progress and Emerging Research Challenges in Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells,” HYFUSEN2 Conference, Mar del Plata Argentina, June 6-11, 2011.
7. Srouji A.K., Zheng L.J, Turhan A, Mench M. M., “Eliminating the Channel/Land Paradigm: Ultra-high Current Density Operation of PEFC with Open Metallic Element Flow Field,” 1st International Educational Forum on Environment and Energy Science, Kona, Hawaii Dec. 2012.
8. (poster) Zheng L. J., Srouji A. K., Mench M. M., “Combined Study of Porous-Flow-Field PEFC Under Ultra-High Current Density Operation,” Gordon Research Conference Fuel Cells, Smithfield, Aug. 2012.
9. Srouji A. K., Zheng L. J., Mench M. M., “Study of Water Transport in a PEFC with an Open Metallic Element Flow Field at Ultra-High Current Density,” 221st ECS Meeting, Seattle, May 2012.
10. Zheng L. J., Srouji A. K., Mench M. M., “Investigating Ultra-High Current Operation of PEFC using a Validated Model,” 4th International Forum on Multidisciplinary Education and Research for Energy Science, Honolulu, Dec 2011.
11. Zheng L. J., Srouji A. K., Gambini F., Mench M. M., “Exploration of Ultra-high Current Operation in PEFC using a validated model”, 220th ECS Meeting, Boston, Oct 2011.
12. Srouji A. K., Zheng L. J., Mench M. M., “A Comparison of Open Flow Field and Conventional PEFC Architecture Limitations at Ultra-High Current Density”, 219th ECS Meeting, Montreal, May 2011.
13. Zheng L. J., Bajpai, H., Srouji A. K., Mench M. M., "A Computational and Experimental Study of PEFC Operation under Ultra-High Current Conditions", 3rd International Forum on Multidisciplinary Education and Research for Energy Science, Ishigaki Japan, Dec 2010.