ENGRMAE 214C PEM Fuel Cells (2014-2015)

ENGRMAE 214C PEM Fuel Cells

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRMAE 214C PEM Fuel Cells (Credit Units: 4) An in-depth introduction to the fundamentals of PEM fuel cells, including thermodynamics, kinetics, and transport in electrochemical systems. Topics of specific interest to mechanical engineers will include water/heat management and dynamic responses. Prerequisite: ENGRMAE 214A. Graduate students only. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0471741480.

. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-1606502457.

Recommended Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0120781423.

. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-1604569971.

. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-1848009356.

. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0470848579.

Yun Wang
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Be able to apply fundamentals of electrochemistry, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and heat and mass transfer, as appropriate, to examine various issues of interest to mechanical engineers including electrode flooding, temperature, and species distribution

2. Have an in-depth fundamental understanding of the principles of PEM fuel cells. Particularly (a) derive the governing equations for PEM fuel cells, (b) understand heat/mass transport in PEM fuel cells, (c) efficiently conduct water/heat management, (d) understand the characteristics of PEM dynamics, and (e) apply the principles of fuel cell experiment

Prerequisites by Topic


Lecture Topics:
  • Review/Application/Elaboration for PEM fuel cells (Thermodynamics, Electrochemical kinetics, Efficiency and Open Circuit Voltage)
  • PEM fuel cell manufacture process
  • Water management (including multi-phase flow) in PEM fuel cells
  • Heat and mass transport in PEM fuel cells
  • PEM fuel cell dynamics (including startup and cold-start)
  • Degradation in PEM fuel cells
  • PEM fuel cell modeling
  • PEM fuel cell experimental methods
  • Alternative fuel PEM cells (direct methanol/dimethyl Ether)
Class Schedule:

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

Computer Usage:

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

Laboratory Projects:
Professional Component

Contributes toward the Mechanical Engineering Topics courses.

Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:

Homework: 20% Midterm: 40% Class Project: 40% 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

April 15, 2014
Senate Approved:
March 25, 2014
Approved Effective:
2014 Fall Qtr