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dc.contributor.advisorEnjeti, Prasad
dc.creatorAcharya, Prabha Ramchandra
dc.date.accessioned2005-11-01T15:50:59Z
dc.date.available2005-11-01T15:50:59Z
dc.date.created2004-08
dc.date.issued2005-11-01
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/2749
dc.description.abstractFuel cell power generation systems provide a clean alternative to the conventional fossil fuel based systems. Fuel cell systems have a high efficiency and use easily available hydrocarbons like methane. Moreover, since the by-product is water, they have a very low environmental impact. The fuel cell system consists of several subsystems requiring a lot of effort from engineers in diverse areas. Fuel cell simulators can provide a convenient and economic alternative for testing the electrical subsystems such as converters and inverters. This thesis proposes a low-cost and an easy-to-use fuel cell simulator using a programmable DC supply along with a control module written in LabVIEW. This simulator reproduces the electrical characteristics of a 5kW solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stack under various operating conditions. The experimental results indicate that the proposed simulator closely matches the voltage-current characteristic of the SOFC system under varying load conditions. Effects of non-electrical parameters like hydrogen flow rate are also modeled and these parameters are taken as dynamic inputs from the user. The simulator is customizable through a graphical user interface and allows the user to model other types of fuel cells with the respective voltage-current data. The simulator provides an inexpensive and accurate representation of a solid oxide fuel cell under steady state and transient conditions and can replace an actual fuel cell during testing of power conditioning equipment.en
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dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherTexas A&M University
dc.subjectfuel cellen
dc.subjectsimulatoren
dc.subjecttest platformen
dc.subjectSOFCen
dc.titleAn advanced fuel cell simulatoren
dc.typeBooken
dc.typeThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentElectrical Engineeringen
thesis.degree.disciplineElectrical Engineeringen
thesis.degree.grantorTexas A&M Universityen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSingh, Chanan
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHowze, Jo
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDaripa, Prabir
dc.type.genreElectronic Thesisen
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dc.format.digitalOriginborn digitalen


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