Dr. Matthew McGarry, Dr. Lisa Grega
The College of New Jersey
Digital control Systems, dynamic response modeling, design, and compensation techniques.
Curriculum Development for Fuel Cells
The goal of the following work is the development of course materials related to fuel cell technology intended to educate students in the following areas: 1) basic fuel cell principles, 2) explanation of the different types of fuel cells, 3) balance of plant equipment used to support fuel cell operation, and 4) technical limitations and current research topics in fuel cell development. The first two topics are covered in Thermodynamics II (ME 371), while the latter two topics, described here will be introduced in Thermal Systems Design(ME 461). In addition, students will be given a tour of a working fuel cell assembly located in the TCNJ power plant.
Outline of Fuel Cell Technology Course Material
III. Supporting plant equipment necessary for a complete fuel cell system.
Objective: Provide students with an understanding of the equipment needed to support a fuel cell as a functioning system.
- Coolant pump selection
- Humidification techniques for the reactants
- Control and monitoring of the reactant flow rate
- Load connection and monitoring
IV. Technical limitations and current research areas in fuel cell development.
Objective: Provide students with an appreciation for some of the active research areas in fuel cell design.
- Thermal management of a fuel cell
- Water management of a fuel cell
- Manifold design
- Cooler plate design
- Flow field design