Effect of the capillary forces in porous electrodes on the voltage-current characteristic of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells

V. E. Nakoryakov, V. G. Gasenko

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An isothermal model of the cathode part of a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell is considered with allowance for capillary forces. Numerical and analytical solutions show that the capillary forces have a fundamental effect on the voltage-current characteristic because of an abrupt increase in the diffusion loss of oxygen through a thin liquid film emerging in nonwettable pores of the cathode in comparison with the ordinary diffusion in gas channels. The results obtained agree well with known experimental data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-125
Number of pages10
JournalTheoretical Foundations of Chemical Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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