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5.1 Fuel cells such as proton exchange membrane fuel cells require high purity hydrogen for maximum material performance and lifetime. Collection and measurement of particulate matter 0.2 µm or larger is necessary for assuring a feed gas of sufficient quality to satisfy fuel cell system needs. In addition, internal combustion engines using high pressure hydrogen fuel also require low particulate levels. Specifically, particulate matter has been implicated in the premature failure of pneumatic control components, such as valves within vehicles. This sampling procedure is used to collect and measure samples containing particles 0.2 µm or larger in size.
1.1 This test method is primarily for sampling particulates in hydrogen fuel used in hydrogen fuel cell vehicles or gaseous hydrogen powered internal combustion vehicle engines up to pressures of 70 MPa (700 bars) using an in-stream filter. This test method describes sampling apparatus design, operating procedures, and quality control procedures required to obtain the stated levels of precision and accuracy.
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