Dr. Matthew McGarry, Dr. Lisa Grega
The College of New Jersey
Topics include availability and irreversibility; power and refrigeration cycles; mixtures and solutions; chemical reactions; Maxwell relations and one-dimensional flow through nozzles and diffusers.
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, described here, will be covered in Thermodynamics (ME 371), while the latter two topics 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
I. Basic fuel cell principles
Objective: Provide students with a general understanding of fuel cell operation.
- Gibb’s free energy and reversible work
- Polarization curves(Irreversibilties)
- Electrokinetics for fuel cells
- Flow in porous materials for fuel cells
- Heat transfer and entropy generation in a fuel cell
II. Types of fuel cells currently on the market
Objective: Students will learn about the differences between various types of fuel cells, as well as their advantages and disadvantages.
- PEM fuel cells
- Molten carbonate fuel cells
- Phosphoric acid fuel cells
- Solid oxide fuel cells