A new constitutive model for predicting proton conductivity in polymer electrolytes

Ken S. Chen, Michael Anthony Hickner

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A new constitutive model relating proton conductivity to water content in a polymer electrolyte or membrane is presented. Our constitutive model is based on Faraday's law and the Nernst-Einstein equation; and it depends on the molar volumes of dry membrane and water but otherwise requires no adjustable parameters. We derive our constitutive model in two different ways. Predictions of proton conductivity as a function of membrane water content computed from our constitutive model are compared with that from a representative correlation and other models as well as experimental data from the literature and those obtained in our laboratory using a 4-point probe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberIMECE2004-60848
Pages (from-to)425-431
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Heat Transfer Division, (Publication) HTD
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
Event2004 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE - Anaheim, CA, United States
Duration: Nov 13 2004Nov 19 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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