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Title: Adaptive Process Controls and Ultrasonics for High Temperature PEM MEA Manufacture

The purpose of this 5-year DOE-sponsored project was to address major process bottlenecks associated with fuel cell manufacturing. New technologies were developed to significantly reduce pressing cycle time for high temperature PEM membrane electrode assembly (MEA) through the use of novel, robust ultrasonic (U/S) bonding processes along with low temperature (<100°C) PEM MEAs. In addition, greater manufacturing uniformity and performance was achieved through (a) an investigation into the causes of excessive variation in ultrasonically and thermally bonded MEAs using more diagnostics applied during the entire fabrication and cell build process, and (b) development of rapid, yet simple quality control measurement techniques for use by industry.
  1. Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., Troy, NY (United States)
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Technical Report
Research Org:
Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., Troy, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Fuel Cell Technologies Office (EE-3F)
Contributing Orgs:
BASF Fuel Cell
Country of Publication:
United States
08 HYDROGEN; 42 ENGINEERING; 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS; High Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane; Fuel Cells; Manufacturing; Ultrasonic Bonding; Thermal Pressing; Membrane Electrode Assembly; Cyclic Voltammetry; Adaptive Process Control