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Majumdar, Pradip, 1954-

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Mechanical Engineering


Engineering; Proton exchange membrane fuel cells--Design and construction--Research; Electric vehicles--Research


Fuel cells have a broader range of applications from large power plants to household power source module as well as to electric powered vehicles. One of the best promising alternative technologies for improved efficiency and reduced vehicle emission is the Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) fuel cell with hydrogen as the fuel. This work is a continuation of the previous experimental and simulation studies conducted at NIU in an effort to develop high performance PEM fuel Cell for operation at a higher power density. The objective of this research is to design a fuel cell power unit using a PEM fuel cell simulation model integrated with the hydrogen storage and supply system and a representative automotive load cycle. This study also investigates and performs experimental tests using scaled down standard automotive load cycles on a scaled-down 1.2kW stack of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEMFC) fuel cells to determine and validate performance and operating characteristics of the fuel cell system. Results will be presented for a real world operating conditions of the high performance PEMFC stack to determine the feasibility and aid in the improvement of the future design.


Advisors: Pradip Majumdar.||Committee members: Kyu Taek Cho; Donald Zinger.


55 pages




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