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dc.creatorTran, Doanh Thucen_US
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dc.description.abstractThe effects of various design and operating variables on the performances of a PEM fuel cell were investigated. Performance was evaluated in terms of the polarization curves (cell potential versus current density plots). The specific effects that were investigated were : (i) effects of scale up from 5 cm 2 to 50 cm2 single cells and stacking 50 cm2- single to multicell (quad cells) stack; (ii) the performance of self humidified single and multicell stack PEMFCs with various electrode structures, platinum loadings and membranes; and (iii) light weight bipolar plates in PEMFCs. Several types and two sizes of PEMFCs were constructed and evaluated. Most membrane and electrodes assemblies (MEAs) were fabricated in-house but some specialized MEAs were provided by an outside source. Polarization plots were made for each PEMFC and the data was correlated using the five parameter empirical equation.en_US
dc.publisherTexas A&M Universityen_US
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dc.subjectmechanical engineering.en_US
dc.subjectMajor mechanical engineering.en_US
dc.titleEffect of scale up, stacking, self humidification and use of lightweight components on the performance of a proton exchange membrane fuel cellen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US engineeringen_US
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