Fuel Cell Fundamentals

ISBN-10: 0471741485

ISBN-13: 9780471741480

Edition: 2006

Authors: Suk-Won Cha, Fritz B. Prinz, Whitney Colella, Ryan O'Hayre

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A unique presentation of the basic science and engineering behind fuel cells Fuel Cell Fundamentals is an accessible, introductory book that thoroughly covers the basic science and engineering behind fuel cell technology. Emphasizing the founding scientific principles that govern fuel cell operations, it provides straightforward descriptions of how fuel cells work, why they offer the potential for high efficiency, and how their unique advantages can best be used. Fuel Cell Fundamentals assumes no prior knowledge of fuel cells or electrochemistry and is accessible to fuel cell beginners and any engineering or science major with a background in calculus, basic physics, and elementary thermodynamics. It2s conveniently divided into two parts: Part I: Fuel Cell Principles-focuses on basic fuel cell physics, including illustrated diagrams, examples, text boxes, and review questions that foster an intuitive understanding of fuel cells Part II: Fuel Cell Technology-presents a discussion of the practical applications of fuel cell technology, including valuable information on selecting the best fuel cell for a given application and how to design a complete system
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List price: $140.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/2/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

Fuel Cell Principles
What Is a Fuel Cell?
A Simple Fuel Cell
Fuel Cell Advantages
Fuel Cell Disadvantages
Fuel Cell Types
Basic Fuel Cell Operation
Fuel Cell Performance
Characterization and Modeling
Fuel Cell Technology
Fuel Cells and the Environment
Chapter Summary
Chapter Exercises
Fuel Cell Thermodynamics
Thermodynamics Review
What Is Thermodynamics?
Internal Energy
First Law
Second Law
Thermodynamic Potentials
Molar Quantities
Standard State
Heat Potential of a Fuel: Enthalpy of Reaction
Calculating Reaction Enthalpies
Temperature Dependence of Enthalpy
Work Potential of a Fuel: Gibbs Free Energy
Calculating Gibbs Free Energies
Relationship between Gibbs Free Energy and Electrical Work
Relationship between Gibbs Free Energy and Reaction Spontaneity
Relationship between Gibbs Free Energy and Voltage
Standard Electrode Potentials: Computing Reversible Voltages
Predicting Reversible Voltage of a Fuel Cell under Non-Standard-State Conditions
Reversible Voltage Variation with Temperature
Reversible Voltage Variation with Pressure
Reversible Voltage Variation with Concentration: Nernst Equation
Concentration Cells
Fuel Cell Efficiency
Ideal Reversible Fuel Cell Efficiency
Real (Practical) Fuel Cell Efficiency
Chapter Summary
Chapter Exercises
Fuel Cell Reaction Kinetics
Introduction to Electrode Kinetics
Electrochemical Reactions Are Different from Chemical Reactions
Electrochemical Processes Are Heterogeneous
Current Is a Rate
Charge Is an Amount
Current Density Is More Fundamental Than Current
Potential Controls Electron Energy
Reaction Rates Are Finite
Why Charge Transfer Reactions Have an Activation Energy
Activation Energy Determines Reaction Rate
Calculating Net Rate of a Reaction
Rate of Reaction at Equilibrium: Exchange Current Density
Potential of a Reaction at Equilibrium: Galvani Potential
Potential and Rate: Butler-Volmer Equation
Exchange Currents and Electrocatalysis: How to Improve Kinetic Performance
Increase Reactant Concentration
Decrease Activation Barrier
Increase Temperature
Increase Reaction Sites
Simplified Activation Kinetics: Tafel Equation
Different Fuel Cell Reactions Produce Different Kinetics
Catalyst-Electrode Design
Quantum Mechanics: Framework for Understanding Catalysis in Fuel Cells
Chapter Summary
Chapter Exercises
Fuel Cell Charge Transport
Charges Move in Response to Forces
Charge Transport Results in a Voltage Loss
Characteristics of Fuel Cell Charge Transport Resistance
Resistance Scales with Area
Resistance Scales with Thickness
Fuel Cell Resistances Are Additive
Ionic (Electrolyte) Resistance Usually Dominates
Physical Meaning of Conductivity
Electronic versus Ionic Conductors
Electron Conductivity in a Metal
Ion Conductivity in a Crystalline Solid Electrolyte
Review of Fuel Cell Electrolyte Classes
Ionic Conduction in Aqueous Electrolytes/Ionic Liquids
Ionic Conduction in Polymer Electrolytes
Ionic Conduction in Ceramic Electrolytes
More on Diffusivity and Conductivity (Optional)
Atomistic Origins of Diffusivity
Relationship between Conductivity and Diffusivity (1)
Relationship between Diffusivity and Conductivity (2)
Why Electrical Driving Forces Dominate Charge Transport (Optional)
Chapter Summary
Chapter Exercises
Fuel Cell Mass Transport
Transport in Electrode versus Flow Structure
Transport in Electrode: Diffusive Transport
Electrochemical Reaction Drives Diffusion
Limiting Current Density
Concentration Affects Nernst Voltage
Concentration Affects Reaction Rate
Summary of Fuel Cell Concentration Loss
Transport in Flow Structures: Convective Transport
Fluid Mechanics Review
Mass Transport in Flow Channels
Gas Is Depleted along Flow Channel
Flow Structure Design
Chapter Summary
Chapter Exercises
Fuel Cell Modeling
Putting It All Together: A Basic Fuel Cell Model
A 1D Fuel Cell Model
Flux Balance in Fuel Cells
Simplifying Assumptions
Governing Equations
Additional Considerations
Fuel Cell Models Based on Computational Fluid Dynamics (Optional)
Chapter Summary
Chapter Exercises
Fuel Cell Characterization
What Do We Want to Characterize?
Overview of Characterization Techniques
In Situ Electrochemical Characterization Techniques
Fundamental Electrochemical Variables: Voltage, Current, and Time
Basic Fuel Cell Test Station Requirements
Current-Voltage Measurement
Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy
Current Interrupt Measurement
Cyclic Voltammetry
Ex Situ Characterization Techniques
Porosity Determination
BET Surface Area Determination
Gas Permeability
Structure Determinations
Chemical Determinations
Chapter Summary
Chapter Exercises
Fuel Cell Technology
Overview of Fuel Cell Types
Phosphoric Acid Fuel Cell
Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell
Alkaline Fuel Cell
Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell
Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell
Summary Comparison
Chapter Summary
Chapter Exercises
Overview of Fuel Cell Systems
Fuel Cell Stack (Fuel Cell Subsystem)
The Thermal Management Subsystem
Fuel Delivery/Processing Subsystem
H[subscript 2] Storage
Using a H[subscript 2] Carrier
Fuel Delivery/Processing Subsystem Summary
Power Electronics Subsystem
Power Regulation
Power Inversion
Monitoring and Control System
Power Supply Management
Case Study of Fuel Cell System Design: Sizing a Portable Fuel Cell
Chapter Summary
Chapter Exercises
Fuel Cell System Integration and Subsystem Design
Integrated Overview of Four Primary Subsystems
Fuel Processor Subsystem
Fuel Cell Subsystem
Power Electronics Subsystem
Thermal Management Subsystem
Net Electrical and Heat Recovery Efficiencies
External Reforming: Fuel Processing Subsystems
Fuel Reforming Overview
Steam Reforming
Partial Oxidation Reforming
Autothermal Reforming (AR)
Water-Gas Shift Reactors
Carbon Monoxide Clean-Up
Selective Methanation of Carbon Monoxide to Methane
Selective Oxidation of Carbon Monoxide to Carbon Dioxide
Pressure Swing Adsorption
Palladium Membrane Separation
Thermal Management Subsystem
Overview of Pinch Point Analysis Steps
Chapter Summary
Chapter Exercises
Environmental Impact of Fuel Cells
Life Cycle Assessment
Life Cycle Assessment as a Tool
Life Cycle Assessment Applied to Fuel Cells
Important Emissions for LCA
Emissions Related to Global Warming
Climate Change
Natural Greenhouse Effect
Global Warming
Evidence of Global Warming
Hydrogen as a Potential Contributor to Global Warming
Quantifying Environmental Impact-Carbon Dioxide Equivalent
Quantifying Environmental Impact-External Costs of Global Warming
Emissions Related to Air Pollution
Hydrogen as a Potential Contributor to Air Pollution
Quantifying Environmental Impact-Health Effects of Air Pollution
Quantifying Environmental Impact-External Costs of Air Pollution
Analyzing Entire Scenarios with LCA
Electric Power Scenario
Chapter Summary
Chapter Exercises
Constants and Conversions
Thermodynamic Data
Standard Electrode Potentials at 25[degree]C
Quantum Mechanics
Atomic Orbitals
Postulates of Quantum Mechanics
One-Dimensional Electron Gas
Analogy to Column Buckling
Hydrogen Atom
Governing Equations of Cfd Fuel Cell Model
Periodic Table of the Elements
Suggested Further Reading
Important Equations
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