Graphite-Epoxy composites can be a good alternative to metals and metal alloys to build Bipolar Plates (BPs),1 that are important components of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC), mainly used in hydrogen-powered electric vehicles. We are currently working2 on the preparation of graphite-epoxy composites, suitable for manufacturing BPs meeting the technical targets for 2025.3 Among the overall properties expected for BPs, we are mainly focussing on conductivity, flexural strength and permeability and we are tuning the preparation steps, i.e. composite formulation, mixing and molding, trying to optimize these properties. We compared different resin to filler ratios, dry and wet mixing, mechanical and magnetic stirring and different temperature and pressure ranges. A two-level full factorial Design Of Experiment (DOE) approach was performed to analyze the molding parameters. We observed substantial changes in the properties of the composites, depending on the type of graphite, the mixing method, the epoxy resin to filler ratio and the molding pressure, temperature and time. The results of these studies will be presented.

Development of Graphite-Epoxy Composites for Bipolar Plates in PEM Fuel Cells / Roncaglia, Fabrizio; Spinelli, Luca; Imperato, Manuel; Biagi, Roberto; Romagnoli, Marcello; di Bona, Alessandro; Mucci, Adele. - (2021). ((Intervento presentato al convegno POLYMERMEET2021 International meet on polymer science and composite materials tenutosi a in un primo tempo Nizza, poi virtuale nel 1-11-2021.

Development of Graphite-Epoxy Composites for Bipolar Plates in PEM Fuel Cells

Fabrizio Roncaglia;Luca Spinelli;Manuel Imperato;Roberto Biagi;Marcello Romagnoli;Adele Mucci
2021

Abstract

Graphite-Epoxy composites can be a good alternative to metals and metal alloys to build Bipolar Plates (BPs),1 that are important components of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC), mainly used in hydrogen-powered electric vehicles. We are currently working2 on the preparation of graphite-epoxy composites, suitable for manufacturing BPs meeting the technical targets for 2025.3 Among the overall properties expected for BPs, we are mainly focussing on conductivity, flexural strength and permeability and we are tuning the preparation steps, i.e. composite formulation, mixing and molding, trying to optimize these properties. We compared different resin to filler ratios, dry and wet mixing, mechanical and magnetic stirring and different temperature and pressure ranges. A two-level full factorial Design Of Experiment (DOE) approach was performed to analyze the molding parameters. We observed substantial changes in the properties of the composites, depending on the type of graphite, the mixing method, the epoxy resin to filler ratio and the molding pressure, temperature and time. The results of these studies will be presented.
POLYMERMEET2021 International meet on polymer science and composite materials
in un primo tempo Nizza, poi virtuale
1-11-2021
Roncaglia, Fabrizio; Spinelli, Luca; Imperato, Manuel; Biagi, Roberto; Romagnoli, Marcello; di Bona, Alessandro; Mucci, Adele
Development of Graphite-Epoxy Composites for Bipolar Plates in PEM Fuel Cells / Roncaglia, Fabrizio; Spinelli, Luca; Imperato, Manuel; Biagi, Roberto; Romagnoli, Marcello; di Bona, Alessandro; Mucci, Adele. - (2021). ((Intervento presentato al convegno POLYMERMEET2021 International meet on polymer science and composite materials tenutosi a in un primo tempo Nizza, poi virtuale nel 1-11-2021.
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