Title

PEM Fuel Cell Basics and Computational Modeling

Abstract

Fuel cells directly produce power through the electrochemical reaction of a fuel and oxygen. A typical setup places the fuel and oxidizer streams on opposite sides of a semipermeable barrier (Figure 3.1). In the most popular type of fuel cell, Proton Exchange Membrane or Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) fuel cells, this barrier is, as the names imply, a polymer electrolyte that is permeable to protons (H+ atoms). It is, however, impermeable to electrons. This means that electrons are compelled to travel around the membrane through wires, creating an electrical current that can be utilized.

Department(s)

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Comments

Chapter 3 (34 pages)

International Standard Book Number (ISBN)

978-143982682-9

Document Type

Book - Chapter

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2012 CRC Press, All rights reserved.

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