J2617: Recommended Practice for Testing Performance of PEM Fuel Cell Stack Sub-system for Automotive Applications - SAE International
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Current STABILIZED 2011-08-12

Recommended Practice for Testing Performance of PEM Fuel Cell Stack Sub-system for Automotive Applications(STABILIZED Aug 2011) J2617_201108

This recommended practice is intended to serve as a procedure to verify the functional performance, design specifications or vendor claims of any PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) type fuel cell stack sub-system for automotive applications. In this document, definitions, specifications, and methods for the functional performance characterization of the fuel cell stack sub-system are provided. The functional performance characterization includes evaluating electrical outputs and controlling fluid inputs and outputs based on the test boundary defined in this document.
In this document, a fuel cell stack sub-system is defined to include the following:
  • Fuel cell stack(s) – An assembly of membrane electrode assemblies (MEA), current collectors, separator plates, cooling plates, manifolds, and a supporting structure.
  • Connections for conducting fuels, oxidants, cooling media, inert gases and exhausts.
  • Electrical connections for the power delivered by the stack sub-system.
  • Devices for monitoring electrical loads.
  • Devices for monitoring cell voltage.
  • Humidification devices.
  • Instrumentation for detecting normal and/or abnormal operating conditions.
  • Enclosures (that may qualify as pressure vessels), and ventilation systems for the enclosure.
Not included in the sub-system are the following:
  • Fuel and air processors
  • Thermal management system
  • Power conditioner and distributor
  • Controllers


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