Modeling and simulation of transport phenomena in porous media
An analytical and numerical modeling framework is developed to support the research thrust in the areas of PEM fuel cells and microfluidic fuel cells. The fundamental understanding of transport phenomena in porous media is of great importance for both technologies. In this context, we are studying micro- and nanofluidic descriptions of fluid flow, electrochemical kinetics, reactant and product transport, heat generation and heat transfer; with the goal to provide guidelines and design tools for future fuel cell technologies. This research also encompasses a vital experimental component for model validation and proof-of-concept demonstrations. Advanced measurement tools and testing fixtures are under development in our lab.