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dc.contributor.authorGarcia-Salaberri, Pablo A.
dc.contributor.authorGostick, Jeff T.
dc.contributor.authorZenyuk, Iryna V.
dc.contributor.authorHwang, Gisuk
dc.contributor.authorVera, Marcos
dc.contributor.authorWeber, Adam Z.
dc.identifier.citationGarcia-Salaberri, Pablo A.; Gostick, Jeff T.; Zenyuk, I. V.; Hwang, Gisuk; Vera, Marcos; Weber, Adam Z. 2017. On the limitations of volume-averaged descriptions of gas diffusion layers in the modeling of polymer electrolyte fuel cells. ECS Trans, vol. 80:no. 8:pp 133-143en_US
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dc.description.abstractUnderstanding of the coupled transport processes that occur in thin gas diffusion layers (GDLs) is necessary to develop improved designs. The traditional technique used to model GDLs is the volume-averaged approximation. However, the applicability of this approach has been long questioned, and the error in the results is unclear. In this work, the limitations of GDL volume-averaged models are examined under single-phase conditions. The lattice Boltzmann method is combined with tomography images of carbon-paper GDLs to assess the existence of a representative elementary volume (REV) in terms of various effective properties. Then, the predictions of GDL volume-averaged and pore-scale formulations are compared by using a CFD model of a differential cell. The results show that a REV cannot be clearly defined. This leads to inhomogeneities in the pore-scale model that the volume-averaged model is not able to capture despite the overall flux through the GDL is similar in both cases.en_US
dc.publisherElectrochemical Society, Inc.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesECS Transactions;v.80:no.8
dc.subjectContact resistanceen_US
dc.titleOn the limitations of volume-averaged descriptions of gas diffusion layers in the modeling of polymer electrolyte fuel cellsen_US
dc.typeConference paperen_US
dc.rights.holder© 2018 by ECS -- The Electrochemical Societyen_US

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