Volume 09: Proceedings of 12th International Conference on Applied Energy, Part 1, Thailand/Virtual, 2020

EFFECTS OF THE WETTABLITY OF THE POROUS TRANSPORT LAYER ON PEMEC CONSIDERING THE DETAILED CHANNEL TWO-PHASE FLOW Lizhen Wu, Guobin Zhang, Zhijun Peng, Kui Jiao

Abstract

In this study, a novel method that integrates the detailed channel two-phase flow into the 3D (threedimensional) model of PEMEC (proton exchange membrane electrolyzer cell) is proposed. We explored the effect of L/GDL (liquid/gas diffusion layer) wettability on the two-phase flow and performance of PEMEC. The results show that in the hydrophilic contact angle range, the more hydrophilic contact angle will deteriorate the performance and hinder the discharge of bubbles to the channel. The novel gradient type L/GDL will further promote the flow of water and gas due to the gradient effect of its wettability. In addition, adding MPL also can improve the two-phase management.

Keywords PEMEC, 3D model, VOF method,Wettability.

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