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Water splitting electrochemical reaction

    • Yago
      Subscriber

      I'm trying the simulate a water splitting electrochemical reaction using the "electrochemical reaction" model in Fluent. The geometry is basically a prism, which would be the electrolyte, with an electrode on each side (for cathode and anode). It also has an inlet and outlet in the top and bottom sides. I want to have the anodic reaction (2 H2O -> O2 + 4H+) on the surface with the anode and the cathodic reaction (2 H+ -> H2) on the other surface. I've tried to follow the user's guide and what it says, but once I calculate the simulation, there doesn't appear to be any reaction. The pressure and velocity contour graphics show that there is flow of material, but there's no reaction heat nor reaction rate. I've tried the same model but with the volumetric reaction and everything works, but when I do it with the electrochemical model, there's no reaction.

      Maybe someone has had the same problem or knows any common mistake when doing this kind of reaction.

      Thanks for your help.

    • Karthik R
      Administrator
      Hello:
      Are you checking both Volumetric and Electrochemical in your species model? If not, could you please give this a try? The electric potential solver will be enabled this way.
      Karthik
    • Yago
      Subscriber
      Hello, I am indeed checking both, Volumetric and Electrochemical in the species model.
      Thanks for the suggestion though.

    • jibrahim
      Ansys Employee
      Hello 1-Make sure you have assigned the reaction as electrochenistry reaction.
      2-material properties->mechanism. Make sure the mechanism I is selcted.
      3-Make sure you have enabled the reaction on a wall.
      4-Make sure you have assigned potential at the walls.
      Best John
    • Yago
      Subscriber
      I've checked all that and still there's no reaction. I'll try to post screenshots to see if it helps find something that might be wrong
    • Yago
      Subscriber
      That's the geometry of the cell I have. The green and gray parts are the anode and cathode (respectively), and the blue part is the electrolyte. The bottom side is the inlet and the top side is the outlet of the electrolyte flow.

      The following are the species model, with the electrochemical reaction model and the two different reactions.

      I left most of the values as default with the idea in mind to change them once I make it work.



    • Yago
      Subscriber


      Above are the border conditions I set for the inlet, outlet, and walls. The reaction are only active in the electrolyte walls on the side of the electrodes.
      In a general way, what's not shown in the pictures is because it was left as default.
    • Yago
      Subscriber
      This is the contours and convergence I obtained. The pressure and velocity profiles make sense and look as a plausible result. However, would I would expect/want to obtain would be the appearance of reaction in the walls where the reaction was active.
      Thanks for the help
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