In this talk, we will present the design and results from a simplified test hardware that can improve the overall quality of testing and facilitate comparisons from lab-to-lab. The design ensures as much as possible a uniform distribution of all physical quantities such as velocity, pressure, temperature, and oxygen concentration in the flow field. Minimal oxygen concentration gradient across land-channel is ensured in the design with parallel flow fields, having fine land of 0.24 cm, and operating at high (>10) stoichiometry. Pressure drop across the inlet and outlet ports in the hardware is also reduced by designing the ports for minimal restriction. Temperature and compression uniformity is also ensured in the design. The hardware is set to operate with stress control through a pneumatic system integrated into the anode end-plate with the additional capability to regulate compression during operation.
To investigate the uniformity of key paramaters, FEA, CFD, thermal, and ohmic analyses were performed on the designed cell. Hardware replicates will be tested at multiple labs, and an operating procedure will be developed and shared with the community. Assuming successful development, we propose broad adoption of this hardware across the community as a common MEA testing platform.