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Journal of Porous Media
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ISSN Print: 1091-028X
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Journal of Porous Media

DOI: 10.1615/JPorMedia.v12.i12.40
pages 1181-1193

Two-Dimensional Modeling of Transport Phenomena by the CVFE Method in the Porous Cathode of a PEM Fuel Cell

Faycel Khemili
Laboratoire d'Etudes des Systèmes Thermiques et Energétiques, Cité Riadh, Zirig 6072 Gabès, Tunisia
Mustapha Najjari
Laboratoire d'Etudes des Systemes Thermiques et Energetiques, Cite Riadh, Zirig 6072 Gabes, Tunisia
Nidhal Ben Khadher
Laboratoire d' Etudes des Systemes Thermiques et Energetiques, Ecole Nationale d'lngenieurs de Monastir, Avenue Ibn El Jazzar 5019, Monastir, Tunisia
Sassi Ben Nasrallah
Laboratoire d'Études des Systèmes Thermiques et Énergétiques, Ecole Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Monastir, Monastir 5019 Tunisie


In this work, we study the two-phase flow and mass transport in the porous cathode of a proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). A model based on the method of the separate phase flow is used to solve the conservation equations. For the discretization of the equation system, we used the control volume finite element (CVFE) method. This model is used to test the effect of the presence of liquid water on the mechanisms of transport in the porous cathode and its influence on the performances of the fuel cell.