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Mechanical Engineering (M E)

M E 403 Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Engines (3) Introduction to Fundamentals of Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells (PEFCs). Includes fundamentals of electrochemistry, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer materials, and manufacturing issues of PEFCs. A brief survey of other fuel cell types is also included.

M E 403 Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Engines (3)

This course is intended for the engineering student interested in obtaining a fundamental background required for polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC) modeling and diagnosis. Those students with interest in the basic design, operation, and characteristics of PEFC systems should also benefit.

This course serves as an introduction to the fundamental principles of electrochemistry, thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, materials and manufacturing issues related to PEFC engines. The various types of PEFC components and technologies are dissected in detail, including direct inject alternative fuel systems. A survey of cutting-edge issues in fuel cell technology including the future direction of PEFC technology will be presented as time permits. The student will also participate in an experimental lab study to aide in the understanding of these systems, a computer-based simulation project, and a group-based fuel cell system design project. Issues of specific interest to mechanical engineers, including water management and heat and mass transfer in thin film porous media, will be dealt with in depth. A brief survey of other fuel cell types is also presented.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: M E 300 Prerequisite or concurrent:M E 320
Concurrent: M E 410 or equivalent

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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