The corrosion and contact resistances of coated and uncoated stainless steel grades were studied. The coatings studied were PVD CrN and arc discharge deposited Au. The samples were aged in long steady-state experiments using a multisinglecell device. MEAs and exhaust water were analyzed for accumulated iron after measurements. Iron accumulation was measured from MEAs, exhaust water and gas outlet pipes from the cells. The interfacial contact resistances were measured before and after the fuel cell experiments. Low contact resistance was achieved with all coated samples. The main accumulation site of dissolved iron was found to be the MEA and GDLs. A large variation in the corrosion results due to differences in the coating quality was observed. Some coatings with low interfacial contact resistance were found to be prone to corrosion. The CrN coating was also tested in a stack, and it performed well. It was concluded that the multisinglecell is a useful tool for screening different coatings reliably and cost-effectively.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of the Electrochemical Society|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
- PEM fuel cell
- bipolar plate
- stainless steel