Aimy Bazylak’s group at UofT has published the first official article using OpenPNM. The title is “Investigating Inlet Condition Effects on PEMFC GDL Liquid Water Transport through Pore Network Modeling”, and as the name suggests they look at the different water invasion patterns arising from different boundary conditions for the IP process.
Tom Tranter of the University of Leeds presented his work using OpenPNM at the 2nd H2FC SUPERGEN Researcher Conference in Birmingham.
Prof. Jeff Gostick gave a talk to full room during the plenary session of the Fuel Cell symposium at the Fall meeting of the Electrochemical Society in Cancun this past October. The talk was focused on the use of pore network models to simulate complete fuel cell operation, include both anode and cathode GDLs, catalyst layers and ionomer separator. The talk illustrated the important impact of the discrete nature of water clusters in the fuel cell electrode, which leads to localized reactant starvation, hindered proton production, and an overall increase in ohmic losses. The work was entirely performed in OpenPNM.