Fairfield: The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
A series of experiments was conducted to examine the cathode airflow effect on a direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) via the views of both airflow rate and airflow velocity from a single cell into a three-cell printed circuit board-based DMFC module. The objective of this paper is to discuss the relationship or difference between a single cell and a planar module. All experiments conducted were under constant anode fuel flow rate and operating temperature. The results show that the airflow supplied to a planar DMFC module does not just multiply the number of membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) to a suitable airflow rate obtained from a single cell DMFC test. The results also show that the cathode airflow velocity effect is more significant than the airflow rate effect.
Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology 6(1), pp.011004(9 pages)