PEM Fuel Cells: Thermal and Water Management Fundamentals

Yun Wang
Ken S. Chen
Sun Chan Cho

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Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) fuel cells hold great promise as a potential alternative to conventional fossil-fuel-powered energy sources. However, they produce waste heat, and the water used in their system must be carefully controlled and monitored. This monograph in Momentum Press's 'Sustainable Energy Series' offers the most up-to-date research on advanced methods for managing both waste heat and monitoring water flows and water concentration in PEM fuel cells. The most workable solutions to these problems and the challenges that still lie ahead are emphasized. The reader will find: * A review of multi-component mass transport phenomena, particularly as they apply to gas flow and hydrogen and air flow * Coverage of multi-phase flow and heat transfer characteristics of PEM fuel cells * Unique coverage of solid water phase behavior of PEM fuel cells and subfreezing temperature operation.

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Yun Wang

Yun Wang obtained his BS from Peking (Beijing) University in China in 1998, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University (PSU) in 2006. At PSU, he worked with Prof. Chao-Yang Wang on PEM fuel cells at the Electrochemical Engine Center. He joined the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering faculty at the University of California, Irvine in 2006. He is currently the director of the Renewable Energy Resources Lab and Associate Professor at the UC Irvine.

Ken S. Chen

Ken S. Chen earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota in Chemical Engineering. He joined Sandia National Labs in 1993, where he is currently a principal member of the technical staff. Dr. Chen has led several collaborative research efforts involving academic, industry, and national labs, which focused on critical phenomena controlling PEM fuel cell performance. Dr. Chen is an author or co-author of more than 110 archival publications of which about half are on PEM fuel cells and related topics.

Sung Chan Cho

Sung Chan Cho is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Irvine. He
received an M.S. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Korean Aerospace University and was a Lead Analysis Engineer at GM Korea.