Fuel Cell Bipolar Plate

Application ID: 14

A fuel cell stack operates at temperatures just below 100 °C, which means that it has to be heated at start-up. The fuel cell stack consists of unit cell of anode, membrane, and cathode connected in series through bipolar plates.

This study presents a model that couples the thermal and structural deformations in a fuel cell bipolar plate. The magnitude and position of the thermal stresses are studied in this model.

This model example illustrates applications of this type that would nominally be built using the following products:

Structural Mechanics Module