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State-of-the-art in bipolar of proton exchange membrane fuel cell
Author(s): Yun Wang; Jingjing Wang; Bi-feng Yin; Zhen-ying Xu; Sheng Ding
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Paper Abstract

Proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) has been the research focus because of the characteristics of compact structure, low-temperature starting, high specific energy density and power, environmental protection, prolonged service time. The bipolar plate in PEMFC has the function of isolating and uniformly distributing reactants, removing reaction products, collecting and inducing current, providing mechanical support for the cells in the stack collects, etc. The bipolar plate, which influences not only the cell stack performance but also the stack cost, is a vital component of PEMFC that is the choke point of industrialization. Compared with the conventional graphite bipolar plate, the metallic bipolar plate has the advantages of excellent electrical and thermal conductivity, high mechanical strength and power density, no leakage and good workability. Furthermore, the metal plate is especially suitable for production in mass. Therefore, metallic bipolar plate is considered to be a promising alternative for PEMFC bipolar. A review of the research work involves the material selection and processing of bipolar plate, flow-field type and the corresponding design, the forming methods of metallic bipolar plates. The materials of bipolar plate for PEMFC are focused on graphite, metal or alloy, and all kinds of composite materials. The disadvantages and advantages of these materials are compared. The flow channels of bipolar include dot-type, web-type, serpentine-type and the interdigital shape. Among them, serpentine-type flow channel plates are mentioned in detail. In this paper, we introduced the forming methods of metallic bipolar plates such as the electrochemical micro-fabrication, electroforming, thermoforming, micro-stamping and micro-milling. Finally, it points out that the prospective research about the PEMFC is minimization and industrialization.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 October 2010
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 7659, 5th International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Smart Structures and Materials in Manufacturing and Testing, 76590Q (12 October 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.865209
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Yun Wang, Jiangsu Univ. (China)
Jingjing Wang, Jiangsu Univ. (China)
Bi-feng Yin, Jiangsu Univ. (China)
Zhen-ying Xu, Jiangsu Univ. (China)
Sheng Ding, Jiangsu Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7659:
5th International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Smart Structures and Materials in Manufacturing and Testing
Xiangang Luo; Georg von Freymann, Editor(s)

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