Probing water distribution in compressed fuel-cell gas-diffusion layers using X-ray computed tomography

Probing water distribution in compressed fuel-cell gas-diffusion layers using X-ray computed tomography

TitleProbing water distribution in compressed fuel-cell gas-diffusion layers using X-ray computed tomography
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsIryna V Zenyuk, Dilworth Y Parkinson, Gisuk Hwang, Adam Z Weber
JournalElectrochemistry Communications
Volume53
Pagination24 - 28
Date Published04/2015
ISSN13882481
Abstract

X-ray computed tomography was used to investigate geometrical land and channel effects on spatial liquid-water distribution in gas-diffusion layers (GDLs) of polymer-electrolyte fuel cells under different levels of compression. At low compression, a uniform liquid-water front was observed due to water redistribution and uniform porosity; however, at high compression, the water predominantly advanced at locations under the channel for higher liquid pressures. At low compression, no apparent correlation between the spatial liquid water and porosity distributions was observed, whereas at high compression, a strong correlation was shown, indicating a potential for smart GDL architecture design with modulated porosity.

DOI10.1016/j.elecom.2015.02.005