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dc.contributor.authorHolzer, Lorenz-
dc.contributor.authorPecho, Omar-
dc.contributor.authorSchumacher, Jürgen-
dc.contributor.authorMarmet, Philip-
dc.contributor.authorStenzel, Ole-
dc.contributor.authorBüchi, F.N.-
dc.contributor.authorLamibrac, A.-
dc.contributor.authorMünch, B.-
dc.description.abstractNew quantitative relationships are established between effective properties (gas diffusivity, permeability and electrical conductivity) for a dry GDL (25 BA) from SGL Carbon with the corresponding microstructure characteristics from 3D analysis. These microstructure characteristics include phase volume fractions, geodesic tortuosity, constrictivity and hydraulic radius. The latter two parameters include information from two different size distribution curves for bulges (continuous PSD) and for bottlenecks (MIP-PSD). X-ray tomographic microscopy is performed for GDL at different compression levels and the micro-macro-relationships are then established for the in-plane and through-plane directions. The predicted properties based on these relationships are compared with numerical transport simulations, which give very similar results and which can be summarized as follows: Gas diffusivity is higher in the in-plane than in the through-plane direction. Its variation with compression is mainly related to changes of porosity and geodesic tortuosity. Permeability is dominated by variations in hydraulic radius. Through-plane permeability is slightly higher than in-plane. Anisotropy of electrical conductivity is controlled by tortuosity, which is higher for the through-plane direction. A table with new quantitative relationships is provided, which are considered to be more accurate and precise than older descriptions (e.g. Carman-Kozeny, Bruggeman), because they are based on detailed topological information from 3D analysis. Furthermore, when using these relationships as input for macro-homogenous modeling, this enables to simulate microstructure effects of real GDL (SGL 25 BA) more accurately. In future, the same methodology can be used to study micro-macro relationships in wet GDL and to predict relative liquid permeability and relative gas diffusivity.de_CH
dc.relation.ispartofElectrochimica Actade_CH
dc.rightsLicence according to publishing contractde_CH
dc.subject.ddc621.3: Elektrotechnik und Elektronikde_CH
dc.titleMicrostructure-property relationships in a gas diffusion layer (GDL) for polymer electrolyte fuel cells, Part I : effect of compression and anisotropy of dry GDLde_CH
dc.typeBeitrag in wissenschaftlicher Zeitschriftde_CH
zhaw.departementSchool of Engineeringde_CH
zhaw.organisationalunitInstitute of Computational Physics (ICP)de_CH
zhaw.publication.reviewPeer review (Publikation)de_CH
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