Title: CFD analysis of fast filling scenarios for 70 MPa hydrogen type IV tanks
Citation: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYDROGEN ENERGY vol. 37 no. 8 p. 6886-6892
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC67679
ISSN: 0360-3199
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360319912000912
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2012.01.041
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: High injection pressure is combined with high refueling rate for vehicles storing pressurized gaseous hydrogen onboard. As a drawback, high temperatures are developed inside the tank, which can jeopardize the structural integrity of the storage system. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) codes already proved to be a valuable tool for predicting the temperature distribution within the tank during fast refueling. Results of hydrogen fast filling CFD simulations for a type IV tank, filled to 70 MPa at different working conditions are presented as follow up of the CFD model validation performed against experimental data. Alternative rates of pressure rise, adiabatic and cold filling are investigated to evaluate the effect on maximum hydrogen temperatures inside the tank. Results confirmed that the developed CFD model could be a suitable tool for investigating fast filling scenarios when experimental data are not yet available or of difficult realization.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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