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Investigation of Corrosion Methods for Bipolar Plates for High Temperature Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell Application

Pilinski, Nadine and Käding, Claudia and Dushina, Anastasia and Hickmann, Thorsten and Dyck, Alexander and Wagner, Peter (2020) Investigation of Corrosion Methods for Bipolar Plates for High Temperature Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell Application. Energies, 13 (1), p. 235. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). doi: 10.3390/en13010235. ISSN 1996-1073.

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In this work, different methods and electrochemical set-ups were investigated in order to study the corrosion behaviour of bipolar plates (BPP) for high temperature (HT) polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell application. Using confocal and scanning electron microscopy, it was shown that chemical and electrochemical aging significantly increases surface roughness as well as morphology changes, confirming material degradation. Identical electrochemical corrosion behaviour was observed for both set-ups with typical quinone/hydroquinone peaks in the potential range ~0.6–0.7 V versus reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE). The appearance of the peaks and an increase of double layer capacitance can be related to the oxidation of carbon surface and, consequently, material corrosion. Simultaneously, an optimised corrosion set-up was introduced and verified regarding suitability. Both investigated set-ups and methods are useful to analyse the oxidation behaviour and corrosion resistance.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/133207/
Document Type:Article
Additional Information:This research was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) within the project BEPPEL, grant number 03B110002A2, and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) within the project QUALIFIX, grant number 03Et6046A.
Title:Investigation of Corrosion Methods for Bipolar Plates for High Temperature Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell Application
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Pilinski, NadineNadine.Pilinski (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1711-4939
Käding, Claudiaclaudia.kaeding (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Dushina, Anastasiaanastasia.dushina (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4193-9906
Hickmann, ThorstenEisenhuth & Co. KGUNSPECIFIED
Dyck, Alexanderalexander.dyck (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5010-8226
Wagner, Peterp.wagner (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5644-9881
Date:3 January 2020
Journal or Publication Title:Energies
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.3390/en13010235
Page Range:p. 235
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Keywords:electrochemical aging; corrosion; polymer graphite bipolar plate; polyphenylene sulphide
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Technology, Innovation and Society
HGF - Program Themes:Renewable Energy and Material Resources for Sustainable Futures - Integrating at Different Scales
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:E SY - Energy Systems Analysis
DLR - Research theme (Project):E - Energy Systems Technology (old)
Location: Oldenburg
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Networked Energy Systems > Fuel Cells
Deposited By: Lorenz, Julian
Deposited On:06 Jan 2020 16:38
Last Modified:25 May 2020 10:31

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