FW: ME260 - Fuel cell science and technology

Rainer Fasching rfasch at stanford.edu
Sun Mar 28 04:15:52 PDT 2010



From: Rainer Fasching [mailto:rfasch at stanford.edu] 
Sent: Saturday, March 27, 2010 2:23 PM
To: Mary Tang
Subject: FW: ME260 - Fuel cell science and technology 



Dear Mary:


I'm teaching ME260 course this spring quarter. The announcement was placed
delayed on the bulletin and I want to make sure that students  are aware of
this course opportunity. I would appreciate it very much, if you could
forward this email to SNF students/colleagues.



Rainer Fasching



Fuel Cell Science and Technology

Spring 2010


Tuesday, Thursday 4:15pm-5:30pm

Lane History Corner (Bldg 200), Room 305


Audience: Targeted at advanced undergraduate or beginning level graduate
students in the engineering or physical sciences. We anticipate diverse
student backgrounds and furthermore recognize that the electrochemical
concepts will be new to most students. Therefore, the material will be
presented assuming no prior background in electrochemistry. Much of the
material covered will be theoretical and fundamental in nature.


Description: Fuel cells provide one of the most efficient means for
converting the chemical energy stored in a fuel to electrical energy.  Fuel
cells offer improved energy efficiency and reduced pollution compared to
heat engines.  While composed of no (or very few) moving parts, a complete
fuel cell system amounts to a small chemical plant for the production of
power.  This course introduces students to the fundamental aspects of fuel
cell systems, with emphasis placed on proton exchange membrane (PEM) and
solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC).  Students will learn the basic principles of
electrochemical energy conversion while being exposed to relevant topics in
materials science, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics.




Fuel Cell Principles

What is a Fuel Cell?

Fuel Cell Thermodynamics

Fuel Cell Kinetics

Fuel Cell Charge Transport

Diffusion and Mass Transport

Fuel cell Modeling

Fuel cell Characterization            

Fuel Cell Technology

                                Fuel cell Types

                                Fuel cell Stacking

                                Fuel cell Systems

                                Fuel cell Applications


Objectives: By the end of the course, students will have gained the skills
and knowledge to demonstrate the following objectives:

.         Fuel Cell Characteristics. Contrast the advantages and
disadvantages of fuel cells to other energy conversion technologies (e.g.
heat engines). Discuss the advantages and disadvantages between the various
fuel cell types (SOFC, MCFC, PAFC, AFC, PEMFC).

.         Fuel Cell Thermodynamics. Perform thermodynamic calculations to
quantitatively predict ideal fuel cell voltages as a function of gas
concentrations, pressure, and temperature. Calculate thermodynamic
efficiencies. Perform heat and mass balances on fuel cell systems. Describe
the basic mechanisms of fuel cell reactions, electron transfer, and ionic
transport at the molecular scale.

.         Fuel Cell Kinetics. Derive equations for activation, IR, and
concentration losses in fuel cell systems. Assemble a complete (simple)
analytical model for a fuel cell system and use it to predict fuel cell
performance over a range of operating conditions (e.g. at various
temperature, pressures, feed rates, etc.) Identify the most significant
kinetic constraints that limit current fuel cell performance and suggest
research directions to improve performance.

.         Fuel Cell Research. Identify the major materials issues remaining
in fuel cell design. Describe the most important characterization techniques
used to test fuel cell performance and identify bottlenecks.  

.         Fuel Cell Systems. Describe the major strategies for fuel cell
stacking. Compare planar vs. vertical fuel cell interconnection. Discuss the
major fuel cell system applications (portable, transportation, stationary
power) and be able to argue which fuel cell types are most suited for each
application. Discuss and describe the ancillary equipment necessary for a
complete fuel cell system (Compressors, humidification, reformers, heat
management, power conditioning). Perform a basic economic analysis to
predict the cost reductions necessary such that fuel cell systems can be
economically competitive with current energy conversion technologies.




Rainer Fasching, PhD

Cons. Associate Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Stanford University


Mail: 440 Escondido Mall, Bldg. 530, Rm. 220, Stanford, CA 94305-3030

Email: rfasch at stanford.edu

Phone: 415-505-3385

Fax: 650-723-5034








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