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2009-04-20

An Evaluation of Electrical and Thermal Conductivity and Mechanical Behaviors of a Silicon Rubber based Composite Material for PEM Fuel Cell 2009-01-1005

With increasing demand for cost-effective fuel cells, it is essential to investigate alternative materials for components of the fuel cells. The objective of this paper is to implement elastomeric materials (silicon rubber) for the use of bipolar plates in a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell. Two different types of conductive fillers, a graphite fiber and flake, were added at different concentrations to a two-component silicone rubber slurry. Electrical, thermal and mechanical properties of the composite material were investigated. Comparable electrical and thermal conductivities were achieved to that of commercially available plates. The silicone rubber based composite material maintained elastomeric properties for improved sealing of cell fluid reactants and products.

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