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Flow field optimization of fuel cells by using numerical methods

Grant number: 16/12397-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2016
Effective date (End): November 30, 2019
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Mechanical Engineering - Transport Phenomena
Cooperation agreement: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:Fabio Coral Fonseca
Grantee:Ivan Korkischko
Home Institution: Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares (IPEN). Secretaria de Desenvolvimento Econômico (São Paulo - Estado). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The Research Centre for Gas Innovation (FAPESP-BG Brasil/Shell) at the University of São Paulo aims to undertake research and development into new applications of natural gas as well as synergies between gas and other emerging technologies. In order to fulfill these goals, fuel cells using natural gas have shown great potential. However, some challenges remain that still restrict their widespread use.This multidisciplinary post-doctoral position will work with a team of proven experience and excellence in the areas of fuel cells (IPEN) and computational fluid dynamics (NDF/EPUSP) to perform shape optimisation of fuel cells based on numerical methods. The optimized fuel cell designs will present gains in efficiency that are crucial to further acceptance and use of fuel cell across multiple applications. The multidisciplinary and innovative quality of the project proposed also allows the validation of the numerical simulations with experimental results performed by the researcher of the Research Centre of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells of IPEN.This research project is tied to the CPE RCGI Research Centre for Gas Innovation (FAPESP Process 2014/50279-4) within the themes Engineering and Physics-Chemistry. (AU)

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
LOPES, THIAGO; BERUSKI, OTAVIO; MANTHANWAR, AMIT M.; KORKISCHKO, IVAN; PUGLIESI, REYNALDO; STANOJEV, MARCO ANTONIO; GARCIA ANDRADE, MARCOS LEANDRO; PISTIKOPOULOS, EFSTRATIOS N.; PEREZ, JOELMA; FONSECA, FABIO CORAL; MENEGHINI, JULIO ROMANO; KUCERNAK, ANTHONY R. Spatially resolved oxygen reaction, water, and temperature distribution: Experimental results as a function of flow field and implications for polymer electrolyte fuel cell operation. APPLIED ENERGY, v. 252, OCT 15 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
KORKISCHKO, I.; CARMO, B. S.; FONSECA, F. C. Shape Optimization of PEMFC Flow-channel Cross-Sections. FUEL CELLS, v. 17, n. 6, p. 809-815, DEC 2017. Web of Science Citations: 3.
PAULINO, A. L. R.; CUNHA, E. F.; ROBALINHO, E.; LINARDI, M.; KORKISCHKO, I.; SANTIAGO, E. I. CFD Analysis of PEMFC Flow Channel Cross Sections. FUEL CELLS, v. 17, n. 1, p. 27-36, FEB 2017. Web of Science Citations: 2.

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