Metal foam heat exchangers for thermal management of fuel cell systems

Odabaee, M. and Hooman, K. (2012). Metal foam heat exchangers for thermal management of fuel cell systems. In: Kambiz Vafai, Porous Media And Its Applications In Science, Engineering, And Industry: Fourth International Conference. 4th Porous Media and Its Applications in Science, Engineering and Industry, Potsdam, Germany, (237-241). 17-22 June 2012. doi:10.1063/1.4711182

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Author Odabaee, M.
Hooman, K.
Title of paper Metal foam heat exchangers for thermal management of fuel cell systems
Conference name 4th Porous Media and Its Applications in Science, Engineering and Industry
Conference location Potsdam, Germany
Conference dates 17-22 June 2012
Proceedings title Porous Media And Its Applications In Science, Engineering, And Industry: Fourth International Conference   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name AIP Conference Proceedings   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Melville, New York, United States
Publisher American Institute of Physics
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1063/1.4711182
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
ISBN 9780735410534
0735410534
ISSN 0094-243X
1551-7616
Editor Kambiz Vafai
Volume 1453
Start page 237
End page 241
Total pages 6
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The present study explores the possibility of using metal foams for thermal management of fuel cells so that air-cooled fuel cell stacks can be commercialized as replacements for currently-available water-cooled counterparts. Experimental studies have been conducted to examine the heat transfer enhancement from a thin metal foam layer sandwiched between two bipolar plates of a cell. To do this, effects of the key parameters including the free stream velocity and characteristics of metal foam such as porosity, permeability, and form drag coefficient on heat and fluid flow are investigated. The improvements as a result of the application of metal foam layers on fuel cell systems efficiency have been analyzed and discussed. Non-optimized results have shown that to remove the same amount of generated heat, the air-cooled fuel cell systems using aluminum foams require half of the pumping power compared to water-cooled fuel cell systems.
Keyword Metal foam
Fuel cell
Heat exchanger
Thermal management
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Series: Vol. 1453

Document type: Conference Paper
Sub-type: Fully published paper
Collections: School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering Publications
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