Air-cooled micro-porous heat exchangers for thermal management of fuel cells

Boyd, Ben and Hooman, Kamel (2012) Air-cooled micro-porous heat exchangers for thermal management of fuel cells. International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer, 39 3: 363-367. doi:10.1016/j.icheatmasstransfer.2012.01.006


Author Boyd, Ben
Hooman, Kamel
Title Air-cooled micro-porous heat exchangers for thermal management of fuel cells
Journal name International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0735-1933
Publication date 2012-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.icheatmasstransfer.2012.01.006
Volume 39
Issue 3
Start page 363
End page 367
Total pages 5
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract This paper presents 3D numerical simulation of an air-cooled metal foam heat exchanger with potential application in thermal management of fuel cell systems in general and Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells, PEMFCs, in particular. It has been shown that the new design can lead to a uniform temperature distribution for the heated plate especially at higher air flow speeds. The heat transfer enhancement because of the foams leads to an increase in the pressure drop which is, interestingly, comparable to that of water-cooled PEMFCs. Other potential benefits of the application of metal foams for fuel cell thermal management are briefly discussed and estimated.
Keyword Metal foams
Convection
Heat sinks
Fuel cells
Thermal management
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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