Clogging of anode flow channels by CO2
bubbles is a vital problem for further performance improvements of the micro direct methanol fuel cell (μDMFC). In this paper, a new type anode structure usingthe concept of the non-equipotent serpentine flow field
) to solve this problem was designed, fabricated and tested. Experiments comparing the μDMFC with and without this type of anode flow field were implemented using a home-made test loop. Results show that the mean-value, amplitude and frequency of the inlet-to-outlet pressure drops in the NESFF
is far lower than that in the traditional flow fields at high μDMFC output current. Furthermore, the sequential images of the CO2
bubbles as well as the μDMFC performance with different anode flow field pattern were also investigated, and the conclusions are in accordance with those derived from the pressure drop experiments. Results of this study indicate that the non-equipotent
design of the µDMFC anode flow field can effectively mitigate the CO2
clogging in the flow channels, and hence lead to a significant promotion of the μDMFC performance.