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An electrochemical treatment to improve corrosion and contact resistance of stainless steel bipolar plates used in polymer electrolyte fuel cells
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Journal Article
  • Authors:
    Gabreab EM, Hinds G, Fearn S, Hodgson D, Millichamp J, Shearing PR, Brett DJL
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    1014, 1026
  • Journal:
    Journal of Power Sources
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  • Keywords:
    Anodization, Bipolar plate, Contact resistance, Corrosion, Polymer electrolyte fuel cell
An electrochemical surface treatment is presented that improves the properties of stainless steel (316SS) used as bipolar plates for polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs). The process is an anodic treatment, whereby the material is polarised beyond the transpassive region. Potentiodynamic corrosion testing, chemical and morphological surface characterisation and interfacial contact resistance measurements indicate that the improved properties of 316SS are primarily a consequence of an enrichment of Cr at the near-surface of the material. The surface treatment increases the corrosion resistance and significantly reduces interfacial contact resistance. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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