# ENGRMAE 214C PEM Fuel Cells (2014-2015)

#### ENGRMAE 214C PEM Fuel Cells

**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)

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

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- 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)

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

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

Contributes toward the Mechanical Engineering Topics courses.

Homework: 20% Midterm: 40% Class Project: 40% Total: 100%

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