Development of a Fuel Cell Test Protocol for faulty GDL material with varying GDL/MPL defects

This project aims to develop a standard that relates the loss of functionality in the porous transport layers (PTL) due to the presence of defects to the performance of a Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell. This work attempts to screen defects in the PTL using previously developed testing protocols. Currently there are no existing protocols that specify when to reject defected PTL material from external suppliers. These results will help to avoid falsely rejecting material by developing such guidelines for a failure screening method based on experimental data. This will aid to reduce cost and time of the production process.

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. Walter Merida


Sarah Flick


Mercedes-Benz Canada


Engineering - mechanical


Automotive and transportation


University of British Columbia



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