Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Durability / Edition 1

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This book will cover one of the most important aspects of fuel cell research and development, fuel cell durability. The rather broad topic of fuel cell durability will be covered from different viewpoints. First, the durability and degradation issues of catalyst materials (both anode and cathode catalysts) will be described in individual contributions as well as stability aspects from carbon support materials. A following chapter is completely dedicated to important topics from membrane materials, i.e., chemical and physical degradation as well durability from newly developed hydrocarbon membranes. After discussion of stability and durability topics from gas diffusion layer materials and bipolar plate materials, a large part of the book will cover various aspects from membrane electrode assemblies, i.e., low and high temperature MEAs as well as DMFC MEAs. Since MEA Cost and Durability are heavily linked, this topic will be discussed one contribution. In the consecutive chapter on MEA and stack operation, the impact of contaminants (e.g. in the gas streams or water for humidification) on MEA and stack lifetime will be described. Furthermore, some information will be given on reliability and predictive testing of MEAs and stacks.

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“The editors of this book have brought together a strong collection of … topics of PEMFC design and operation, and provide a solid overview of all key aspects of their durability. … for students and new workers in the field, this book could serve as a short course which allows them to critically read the literature and to understand the conference papers on the subject from a solid frame of reference.” (David A. Schiraldi, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, Vol. 210, 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387855349
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 1/2/2009
  • Edition description: 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 510
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Stack Components.- Dissolution and Stabilization of Platinum in Oxygen Cathodes.- Carbon-Support Requirements for Highly Durable Fuel Cell Operation.- Chemical Degradation of Perfluorinated Sulfonic Acid Membranes.- Chemical Degradation: Correlations Between Electrolyzer and Fuel Cell Findings.- Improvement of Membrane and Membrane Electrode Assembly Durability.- Durability of Radiation-Grafted Fuel Cell Membranes.- Durability Aspects of Gas-Diffusion and Microporous Layers.- High-Temperature Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells: Durability Insights.- Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Durability.- Influence of Metallic Bipolar Plates on the Durability of Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells.- Durability of Graphite Composite Bipolar Plates.- Gaskets: Important Durability Issues.- Cells and Stack Operation.- Air Impurities.- Impurity Effects on Electrode Reactions in Fuel Cells.- Performance and Durability of a Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Operating with Reformate: Effects of CO, CO2, and Other Trace Impurities.- Subfreezing Phenomena in Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells.- Application of Accelerated Testing and Statistical Lifetime Modeling to Membrane Electrode Assembly Development.- Operating Requirements for Durable Polymer-Electrolyte Fuel Cell Stacks.- Design Requirements for Bipolar Plates and Stack Hardware for Durable Operation.- Heterogeneous Cell Ageing in Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Stacks.- System Perspectives.- Degradation Factors of Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells in Residential Cogeneration Systems.- Fuel Cell Stack Durability for Vehicle Application.- R&D Status.- Durability Targets for Stationary and Automotive Applications in Japan.

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