MEASUREMENT OF THE ABSORPTION-BASED HYDROGEN STORAGE CAPACITY OF Ti0.95Zr0.05Cr0.8Mn0.8V0.2Ni0.2 ALLOY
Keywords:hydrogen storage, alloy, absorption, PCI, activation
The article describes potential application of the BCC alloy Ti0.95Zr0.05Cr0.8Mn0.8V0.2Ni0.2 in the hydrogen absorption process. It deals with the measurements of the PCI (Pressure Concentration Isotherm) characteristics applying the volumetric method. With regard to the fact that it is an indirect measurement method, the thermodynamic description was analysed in details and subsequently used to identify the weight capacity of the stored hydrogen. The article presents a detailed description of the procedure for measuring the free volume of the measuring equipment using helium which is able to penetrate into pores and apertures with the size of only a few nanometres but does not participate in the absorption into the intermetallic structure of the alloy. The hydrogen absorption into the tested alloy was initiated by repeatedly performed activation of the alloy surface. The final section of the article presents the examination of the cyclic stability of the absorption-desorption cycle within the repeated monitoring of the maximum weight capacity of the stored hydrogen.
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