ENGRMAE 214A Fuel Cell Fundamentals and Technology (2015-2016)

ENGRMAE 214A Fuel Cell Fundamentals and Technology

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRMAE 214A Fuel Cell Fundamentals and Technology (Credit Units: 4) Introduction to electrochemistry and electroanalysis; nature of fuel-cell electrodes and electrolytes; charge transfer reactions at interfaces; charge transport and mass transport processes; fuel processing reactions; determination of fuel cell efficiency, fuel flexibility, emissions ad other characteristics. Graduate students only. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
Recommended Textbook:

Fuel Cell Handbook, 7th Edition, EG&G Services

Jacob Brouwer
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:
Prerequisites by Topic
Lecture Topics:
  • Introduction to fuel cells' energy and environment
  • Thermodynamic Principles
  • Fuel Cell Electrochemistry
  • Electro-catalysis
  • Electrode Materials and Transport
  • Electrolytes and Transport
  • Fundamentals of Component Operation
  • Fuel and Fuel Processing
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Data analysis (Excel, Matlab), and report writing (Word, LaTex).

Laboratory Projects:
Professional Component

Contributes toward the Mechanical Engineering Topics courses.

Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • HW: 30%
  • Midterm: 35%
  • Final: 35%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

August 6, 2014
Senate Approved:
March 25, 2014
Approved Effective:
2014 Fall Qtr