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A Simple Alternative to the Expression of Finite Warburg Diffusion Impedance in Porous Electrodes by Considering Oxygen Consumption Along the Air Channel

Abstract : The classical expression of the finite Warburg element used for analysing electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) spectra is obtained assuming that the reaction occurs at the electrode/membrane interface and that the oxygen concentration at the gas channel/gas diffusion layer interface is constant. An alternative to this expression is proposed: it takes into account the variation in oxygen concentration along the gas channel due to the oxygen-reduction reaction (ORR). This pseudo-2D approach is well suited for investigating mass transfer limitations in the fuel cell membrane-electrode assemblies (MEA). Simple numerical applications starting from data already published by different authors show that with this new expression, conclusions about the mass transfer limiting layer and its main characteristics can be significantly modified. This improvement to the usual Warburg impedance could contribute to a better understanding of mass transfer limitation in fuel cells and eventually, to the design of MEAs in which diffusion losses are minimal.
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Julia Mainka, Gaël Maranzana, Jérôme Dillet, Sophie Didierjean, Olivier Lottin. A Simple Alternative to the Expression of Finite Warburg Diffusion Impedance in Porous Electrodes by Considering Oxygen Consumption Along the Air Channel . ECS Transactions, Electrochemical Society, Inc., 2009, ECS Transactions, 19 (32), pp.33-46. ⟨10.1149/1.3268160⟩. ⟨hal-01568043⟩

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