Temperature-driven water transport in polymer electrolyte fuel cells

Rachid Zaffou, H. Russell Kunz, James M. Fenton

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Water transport induced by heat flow across polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC) membranes has been studied under wellcontrolled thermal conditions. The investigation showed that water can be transferred across a membrane electrode assembly (MEA) that is subjected to a through-plane temperature differential. Thermo-osmotic water transport is a membrane-controlled phenomenon. The thermally driven water flux was found to be relatively large even for small temperature differences (∼1°C). A physical model of thermo-osmosis is proposed. Comparison between the proposed model results and the experimental data shows good agreement. copyright The Electrochemical Society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)909-913
Number of pages5
JournalECS Transactions
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006
EventProton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells 6 - 210th Electrochemical Society Meeting - Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 29 Oct 20063 Nov 2006


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