The amount of the liquid water present at the gas diffusion layer (GDL) has an impact on the diffusivity, capillary pressure and the permeability which in turn influences convective and diffusive transport. A prodigious amount of research has been conducted to study and measure the different properties (time of breakthrough and capillary pressure versus saturation) associated with the breakthrough condition. However, most of the reported data ignored the impact of expansion of different components in the set-up (such as tubing) and the condition after the time of breakthrough. The focus of this study is to measure the breakthrough pressure and time of breakthrough and hence determine the liquid water content inside the GDL before the time of breakthrough. The measurements are performed for different samples to study the effect of the thickness and hydrophobic contents. The results show that expansion has significant difference in the determination of water volume inside the GDL.

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