AT1011 Fuel Cells Applications Syllabus

AT1011 FUEL CELLS AND APPLICATIONS 3 0 0 100

UNIT – I INTRODUCTION TO FUEL CELLS 9
Introduction – working and types of fuel cell – low, medium and high temperature fuel cell, liquid and methanol types, proton exchange membrane fuel cell solid oxide, hydrogen fuel cells – thermodynamics and electrochemical kinetics of fuel cells.

UNIT – II FUEL CELLS FOR AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS 9
Fuel cells for automotive applications – technology advances in fuel cell vehicle systems – onboard hydrogen storage – liquid hydrogen and compressed hydrogen – metal hydrides, fuel cell control system
– alkaline fuel cell – road map to market.

UNIT – III FUEL CELL COMPONENTS AND THEIR IMPACT ON PERFORMANCE 9
Fuel cell performance characteristics – current/voltage, voltage efficiency and power density, ohmic resistance, kinetic performance, mass transfer effects – membrane electrode assembly components, fuel cell stack, bi-polar plate, humidifiers and cooling plates.

UNIT – IV FUELING 9
Hydrogen storage technology – pressure cylinders, liquid hydrogen, metal hydrides, carbon fibers – reformer technology – steam reforming, partial oxidation, auto thermal reforming – CO removal, fuel cell technology based on removal like bio-mass.

UNIT – V FUEL CYCLE ANALYSIS 9
Introduction to fuel cycle analysis – application to fuel cell and other competing technologies like battery powered vehicles, SI engine fueled by natural gas and hydrogen and hybrid electric vehicle.

TOTAL : 45

TEXTBOOKS
1. Fuel Cells for automotive applications – professional engineering publishing UK. ISBN 1-86058 4233, 2004.
2. Fuel Cell Technology Handbook SAE International Gregor Hoogers CRC Press ISBN 0-8493-0877-1-2003.
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