Thermal conductivity and contact resistance of compressed gas diffusion layer of PEM fuel cell

Iwao Nitta, Olli Himanen, Mikko Mikkola

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Abstrakti

This paper discusses the effect of compression pressure on the mechanical and thermal properties of gas diffusion layers (GDL). The stress-strain curve of the GDL revealed one nonlinear and two piecewise linear regions within the compression pressure range of 0-5.5 MPa. The thermal conductivity of the compressed GDL seems to be independent of the compression pressure and was determined to be 1.18 +/- 0.11 W m(-1) K-1 at room temperature. The thermal contact resistance between the GDL and graphite was evaluated by augmenting experiments with computer modelling. The thermal contact resistance decreased nonlinearly with increasing compression pressure. According to the results here, the thermal bulk resistance of the GDL is comparable to the thermal contact resistance between the GDL and graphite. A simple one-dimensional model predicted a temperature drop of 1.7-4.4 degrees C across the GDL and catalyst layer depending on compression pressures.

AlkuperäiskieliEnglanti
Sivut111-119
Sivumäärä9
JulkaisuFuel Cells
Vuosikerta8
Numero2
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - huhtik. 2008
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä

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