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Investigation And Flight Test Of Ion Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells

Report Number: ASD TDR 62-19
Author: Read, M. D.
Author: Klawans, B.
Corporate Author: General Electric Co Philadelphia Pa Missile And Space Div
Laboratory: Flight Accessories Laboratory
Date of Publication: 1962-03
Pages: 60
Contract: AF 33(616)-7579
Project: 3145
Task: 314506
AD Number: AD0276272

The operating capabilities of a hydrogen-oxygen regenerative fuel cell which employs an anion membrane as a matrix to immobilize the potassium hydroxide electrolyte were investigated. A series of life cycle tests was carried out in the laboratory with both single cells and multicell units. The results of single cell tests are quite satisfactory; however, multicell units as presently designed do not show comparable life. A flight test on an aircraft was initiated to determine the effect of a limited time zero gravity environment on fuel cell operation. The environmental conditions imposed by these flights did not have an appreciable effect on fuel cell operation as determined by oscillograph recordings and photographs taken of the unit during the flights.

Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control
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