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Modelling the Proton-Conductive Membrane in Practical Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) Simulation: A Review

Dickinson, E J F; Smith, G (2020) Modelling the Proton-Conductive Membrane in Practical Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) Simulation: A Review. Membranes, 10 (11). 310 ISSN 2077-0375

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Theoretical models used to describe the proton-conductive membrane in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) are reviewed, within the specific context of practical, physicochemical simulations of PEMFC device-scale performance and macroscopically observable behaviour. Reported models and their parameterisation (especially for Nafion 1100 materials) are compiled into a single source with consistent notation. Detailed attention is given to the Springer-Zawodzinski-Gottesfeld, Weber-Newman, and "binary friction model" methods of coupling proton transport with water uptake and diffusive water transport; alongside, data are compiled for the corresponding parameterisation of proton conductivity, water sorption isotherm, water diffusion coefficient, and electroosmotic drag coefficient. Subsequent sections address the formulation and parameterisation of models incorporating interfacial transport resistances, hydraulic transport of water, swelling and mechanical properties, transient and non-isothermal phenomena, and transport of dilute gases and other contaminants. Lastly, a section is dedicated to the formulation of models predicting the rate of membrane degradation and its influence on PEMFC behaviour.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: PEM; PEFC; PEMFC; ionomer; polymer electrolyte membrane; polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell; proton exchange membrane; proton exchange membrane fuel cell
Subjects: Advanced Materials > Electrochemistry
Mathematics and Scientific Computing > Modelling
Divisions: Electromagnetic & Electrochemical Technologies
Identification number/DOI: 10.3390/membranes10110310
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2021 14:39
URI: http://eprintspublications.npl.co.uk/id/eprint/9085

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