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1 IMFT - Institut de mécanique des fluides de Toulouse 2 CEA - CEA Saclay

Abstract : Water management is a key factor that limits PEFC-s performance. We show how insights into this problem can be gained from pore-scale simulations of water invasion in a model fibrous medium. We explore the influence of contact angle on the water invasion pattern and water saturation at breakthrough and show that a dramatic change in the invasion pattern, from fractal to compact, occurs as the system changes from hydrophobic to hydrophilic. Then, we explore the case of a system of mixed wettability, i.e. containing both hydrophilic and hydrophobic pores. The saturation at breakthrough is studied as a function of the fraction of hydrophilic pores. The results are discussed in relation with the water management problem, the optimal design of a GDL and the fuel cell performance degradation mechanisms. We outline how the study could be extended to 3D systems, notably from binarised images of GDLs obtained by X ray microtomography.

Keywords : Capillarity Wettability Percolation PEMFC





Author: Hamza Chraibi - L. Ceballos - M. Prat - Michel Quintard - Alexandre Vabre -

Source: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/



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