La-Mg-Ni based alloys have a high hydrogen storage capacity, but their cycle stability is usually poor. In this work, a series of composites were synthesized by mixing La-Mg-Ni based alloys with a commercial AB5 type alloy. The aim was to investigate the effects of AB5 additions and ball milling treatment in improving the cycle stability of La-Mg-Ni based alloys, while maintaining a substantial and reversible hydrogen storage capability. It was found that the cycle stability was greatly influenced by the amount of AB5 added, but the effect of ball milling pre-treatment was small. While the increase in AB5 content was beneficial, the cost of the composite also went up accordingly. In light of these challenges, a feasibility study was conducted to optimize the compositions. The results suggested that the composite with a 50 wt% of AB5 addition was the optimum compositions in maximizing the hydrogen storage capacity and cycle stability, while minimizing the cost up to 20% as compared with AB5 alone.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Alloys and Compounds|
|State||Published - 15 Mar 2016|
- Gas-solid reaction
- Metal hydride
- Thermodynamic property