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Influence of Metallic Bipolar Plates on the Durability of Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells

  • Joachim Scherer
  • Daniel Münter
  • Raimund Ströbel

Abstract

This chapter describes the behavior and stability of metallic bipolar plates in polymer electrolyte fuel cell application. Fundamental aspects of metallic bipolar plate materials in relation to suitability, performance and cell degradation in polymer electrolyte fuel cells are presented. Comparing their intrinsic functional properties with those of carbon composite bipolar plates, we discuss different degradation modes and causes. Furthermore, the influence and possible improvement of the materials used in bipolar plate manufacturing are described.

Keywords

Fuel Cell Bipolar Plate Reversible Hydrogen Electrode Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Chromium Oxide Layer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joachim Scherer
    • 1
  • Daniel Münter
    • 1
  • Raimund Ströbel
    • 1
  1. 1.European Fuel Cell Support Center, DANA Holding Corporation Sealing ProductsNeu-UlmGermany

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