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Date of Award


Document Type

Master's report

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MS)

College, School or Department Name

Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

First Advisor

Kazuya Tajiri


Two-phase transport properties of the gas diffusion media used in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) is important information that needs to be well understood to optimize the water management in the fuel cell membrane. This report presents the experience gained from reproducing an experiment in which the goal is measuring the two-phase transport properties of the gas diffusion media (Nguyen, et al. 2008). The capillary pressure-saturation curve of three commercially available carbon paper materials TGP-H090, T75 and T75P were obtained. The capillary pressure-saturation curves of these materials were discussed according to capillary pressure-wetting phase saturation curve. The issues and challenges during reproducing the experiment were presented. Many difficulties while reproducing the experiment were overcome. Some changes and suggestions to the Nguyen’s procedure and apparatus were made according to the feedback from performing the experiment.