NAME OF THE COURSE Fuel Cells

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NAME OF THE COURSE

Fuel Cells

Code

FESL29

Year of study

2. graduate (5. overall)

Course teacher

Dr.sc. Frano Barbir,
red.prof.

Credits

(ECTS)

5

Associate

teachers

Dr.sc. Ivan Tolj,

Mr. Dario Bezmalinović,

Type of instruction
(number of hours)

L

S

E

F

30


30


Status of the course

E
lective

Percentage of
application of e
-
learning







COURSE DESCRIPTION

C
ourse objectives

To introduce engineering students to the subject of fuel cells

To prepare them for work in either industry (either in fuel cell development or their
applications) or research

Course enrolment
requirements and
entry competences
required for the
course

Undergraduate degree in mechanical or chemical engineering, or engineering
physics (thermodynamics and fluid mechanics)

Learning outcomes
expected at
the
level of the course
(4 to 10 learning
outcomes)

The students will acquire basic understanding of fuel cell fundamentals, namely
operation principles, thermodynamics and electrochemistry

The students will learn about the basic construction of a single fuel cell, fuel cell
stack and fuel cell system

The students will learn how to select and size a fuel cell system for various
applications

The students will be prepared for work in either i
ndustry (either in fuel cell
development or their applications) or research

The students will acquire understanding of the role of hydrogen and fuel cells in a
future energy system

Course content
broken down in
detail by weekly
class schedule
(syllabus)

Week 1
-

Introduction: what is a fuel cell; brief history; classification, how does it
work, why do we need fuel cells

Week 2
-

Fuel
c
ell
b
asic
c
hemistry and
t
hermodynamics: basic reactions, heat of
reaction, theoretical electrical work and potential,
theoretical fuel cell efficiency,
Carnot efficiency myth

Weeks 3
-
4
-

Fuel
c
ell
e
lectrochemistry: electrode kinetics, types of voltage losses,
polarization curve, fuel cell efficiency

Week 4
-
5
-

Main PEM
f
uel
c
ell
c
omponents,
m
aterials,
p
roperties and
p
roce
sses:
membrane, electrode, gas diffusion layer, bi
-
polar plates

Week 6
-

Fuel
c
ell
op
erating
c
onditions: pressure, temperature, flow rates,
humidity; fuel cell mass and energy balance

Week 7
-

Fuel
c
ell
st
ack
d
esign

Week 8
-

Mid
-
term exam

Week 9
-

Fuel
c
ell
m
odeling

Week 10
-

Fuel
c
ell
t
esting and diagnostics
;

durability

Weeks 11
-
12
-

Fuel
c
ell
s
ystem
d
esign: oxygen supply, air supply, hydrogen
supply, heat and water management, fuel reforming, power conditioning and
controls, system efficiency

Week 13
-

Other fuel cell types: alkaline, phosphoric acid, molten carbonate, solid
oxide

Week 14
-

Fuel
c
ell
a
pplications: transportation, stationary, back
-
up, portable,
regenerative fuel cells

Week 15
-

Conclusions: status and prospects: role of hydrogen and fuel
cells in a
future energy system


Format of
instruction

x

lectures



seminars and workshops

x

exercises




on line

in entirety



partial e
-
learning



field work



independent assignments



multimedia


x

laboratory



work with mentor









(
other
)



Student

responsibilities

Attend
and actively participate in

classes and exercises

Do homework assignments

Study at home and come prepared for the classes and exercises

Take
mid
-
term and final exams

Screening student
work

(
name the
proportion of ECTS
credits for each

activity so that the
total number of
ECTS credits is
equal to the ECTS
value of the course)

Class
attendance

40%

Research







Practical training







Experimental
work







Report







Independent
study

40%

Essay







Seminar
essay













(
O
ther)







Tests







Oral exam













(
O
ther)







Written exam

20%

Project













(
O
ther)







Grading and
evaluating student
work in class and at
the final exam

Class attendance and active participation 10%

Homeworks 20%

Mid
-
term exam 30%

Final exam 40%

(50
-
62
.5
%: 2; 6
2.5
-
75%: 3;
75
-
87.5%: 4; >87.5%: 5)

Required literature

(
available in the
library and via other
media)

Title

Number of
copies in
the library

Availability via
other media

F. Barbir, PEM Fuel Cells: Theory and Practice (2nd
Ed.) Elsevier/Academic Press, 2013.

2

pdf





































Optional literature

(
at the time of
submission of study
programme
proposal)

-

R
.

O'Hayre et al., Fuel Cell Fundamentals (2nd Edition), Wiley, 2009

-

J
.
Larminie and A
.
Dicks, Fuel Cell Systems Explained (2nd Edition), Wiley 2003


Quality assurance
methods that
ensure the
acquisition of exit
competences

There will be p
eriodic qui
z
zes
during the course to check if the students are
progressing in understanding the lecture
s.
Parts of the lectures where most of the
students failed in the quiz will be repeated. (
The quizzes will not count for the final
grade with the exception of the students with all correct answers which will get
bonus points counting for the final grade.
)

Other (
as the
proposer wishes to
add)

The course is being offered at University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY, U.S.A.) at
undergraduate and graduate levels