Computational design of flow fields for vanadium redox flow batteries via topology optimization

Chih Hsiang Chen, Kentaro Yaji*, Shintaro Yamasaki, Shohji Tsushima, Kikuo Fujita

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研究成果: Article査読

22 被引用数 (Scopus)

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Vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) is a rechargeable battery, which has attracted attention as a next-generation electrochemical energy storage system. It is widely known that achieving high performance in terms of power density is critical for the commercialization of VRFBs. The aim of this paper is to propose a computational design approach for automatically generating an optimized flow field design of a VRFB to achieve high performance without relying on the designer's intuition. To realize this, we focus on generating a freeform configuration of the flow field in a VRFB via topology optimization, which is known as a powerful design tool that is based on numerical optimization. In this study, to improve the mass transfer effect in a VRFB, we formulate the topology optimization problem as a maximization problem of the electrode surface concentration in the negative electrode during the charging process. We demonstrate through numerical investigation that a topology-optimized flow field can be obtained. As a result, it is revealed that the interdigitated flow field is an optimal flow field of the VRFB under the investigated operating conditions.

本文言語English
論文番号100990
ジャーナルJournal of Energy Storage
26
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2019 12月
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 再生可能エネルギー、持続可能性、環境
  • エネルギー工学および電力技術
  • 電子工学および電気工学

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