3D reconstruction of a gas diffusion layer and a microporous layer
journal contributionposted on 20.04.2011, 14:12 by Hossein Ostadi, Kyle Jiang, Pratap Rama, Yu Liu, Rui ChenRui Chen
The focus of the current study is on a state-of-the-art twin-layer gas diffusion layer (GDL) which consists of carbon tissues with a fibre diameter of 5~20 μm, and contains a microporous layer (MPL) coating which has sub-micron porous features. In the current study, real-world digital threedimensional images of the GDL-MPL assembly are created through X-ray nano-tomography with a 680 nm pixel resolution for the GDL and focused ion beam/scanning electron microscopy (FIB/SEM) nano-tomography with a 14 nm pixel resolution for the MPL. The critical nano-structural features including porosity, characteristics lengths and 3D pore size distribution are determined directly from the 3D digital representation. In addition to morphological parameters, the FIB/SEM nanotomography technique has been combined with lattice Boltzmann (LB) numerical modelling in order to calculate the tortuosity and permeability of the MPL.
- Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering
- Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering