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Analysis of the Parametric Effect on the Performance of a Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Electrolyzer

Alexandre Tugirumubano 1, Lee Ku Kwac 2, Min Sang Lee 3, Jun Hyoung Lee 4, Jeong Jin Lee 4, Sol Ah Jeon 4,Hyo Nam Jeong 4,and Hong Gun Kim 5
1. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Jeonju University, 55069 Jeonju City, South Korea
2. Department of Manufacturing Technology and Design Engineering, Jeonju University, 55069 Jeonju City, South Korea
3. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Jeonju University, 55069 Jeonju City, South Korea
4. Department of Carbon Fusion Engineering, Jeonju University, Jeonju City, South Korea
5. Department of Mechanical and Automative Engineering, Jeonju University, 55069 Jeonju City, South Korea
Abstract—This paper presents the study on the impact of the operating parameters of a Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) electrolyzer on its performance using the numerical simulation method. The results showed that the increment of some parameters, including the operating temperature, the exchange current density, and the charge transfer coefficient could lead to the improvement of the PEM electrolyzer performance. But the increase of operating pressure reduces the elecrtolyzer performance. 

Index Terms—water electrolysis, performance, numerical simulation, polymer electrolyte, electrolyzer

Cite: Alexandre Tugirumubano, Lee Ku Kwac, Min Sang Lee, Jun Hyoung Lee, Jeong Jin Lee, Sol Ah Jeon, Hyo Nam Jeong, and Hong Gun Kim, "Analysis of the Parametric Effect on the Performance of a Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Electrolyzer," International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 1-5, January 2017. DOI: 10.18178/ijmerr.6.1.1-5
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