ENGRMAE 214B Fuel Cell Systems and Degradation (2017-2018)

ENGRMAE 214B Fuel Cell Systems and Degradation

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRMAE 214B Fuel Cell Systems and Degradation (Credit Units: 4) Fuel Cell systems design; impacts of operating conditions;; experimental and theoretical analysis methods for fuel cells systems; introduction to degradation mechanisms and mitigation techniques; provides broad insight into fuel-cell science, technology, system design, and operation. Prerequisite: ENGRMAE 214A. Graduate students only. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
Recommended Textbook:

Fuel Cell Fundamentals, R. O'Hayre, S. Cha, W. Colella, and F.B. Prinz, John WIley & Sons, 2006. Fuel Cell Systems Explained, J. Larminie and A. Dicks, 2nd Edition Fuel Cell Handbook, 7th Edition, EG&G Services Handbook of Fuel Cells: Fundamentals, Technology, Applications, W. Vielstich (Editor), A. Lamm (Editor), H.A. Gasteiger (Editor), Wiley, Volumes 3 and 4, 2003.

Jacob Brouwer
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:
Prerequisites by Topic

MAE 214A Fuel Cell Fundamentals and Technology; MAE 130 Introduction to Fluids

Lecture Topics:
  • Review/Application/Elaboration for MCFC and SOFC systems (Thermodynamics, Electrochemical kinetics, Efficiency and Open Circuit Voltage)
  • MCFC manufacturing processes
  • SOFC manufacturing processes
  • Heat and mass transport phenomena in MCFC and SOFC
  • Dynamic operation and control of MCFC and SOFC systems
  • Degradation in MCFC systems
  • Degradation of MCFC and SOFC systems
  • SOFC and MCFC experimental methods
Class Schedule:

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

Computer Usage:

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

Laboratory Projects:
Professional Component

Contributes toward the Mechanical Engineering Topics courses.

Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • HW: 10%
  • Model/Report: 20%
  • Laboratory/Report: 20%
  • Midterm: 25%
  • Final: 25%
  • 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

February 22, 2017
Senate Approved:
March 25, 2014
Approved Effective:
2014 Fall Qtr