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Course Details in 2021/22 Session

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Module Title
SchoolChemical Engineering
Department Chemical Engineering
Module Code 04 37591
Module Lead Dr Alessio Alexiadis
Level Masters Level
Credits 10
Pre-requisites Introduction to Electrochemistry - (04 26223) Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technology - (04 26222) LM Hydrogen and hydrogen-based fuels (H2HF) - (04 37590)
Co-requisites Techniques for Fuel Cell Characterisation - (03 26219)
LM Principles of Hydrogen Safety - (04 28864)
LM Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Laboratories (FCHLAB) - (04 37592)
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Tutorial-2 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-8 hours
Guided independent study-70 hours
Total: 100 hours
Description The module will provide the basics of modelling fuel cells, hydrogen production and related processes with the tools available to Chemical Engineers. The type of modelling varies with the level of detail and the various fuel conversion processes involved. Topics covered in the course are:
  • • Introduction to modelling of fuel cell systems
  • • Thermodynamics and electrochemistry basic principles
  • • Transport phenomena
  • • Electrochemical modelling
  • • PEFC modelling
  • • SOFCs modelling: multidimensional approach
  • • SOFC stack and system modelling
  • • Exercises
  • • Seminar on biogas-fed SOFC-based systems
  • • Introduction on control
  • • Models for control
  • • Dynamic responses
  • • Feedback control, P-,PI-,PD- controllers
  • • Linear control design for fuel cells
  • • Control applied to Fuel cells (exercise)
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Discuss the mathematical tools that are required to simulate the operation and performances of a fuel cell system, including an overview on the equations to model the fundamental physical phenomena occurring inside the active layers (electrodes and electrolyte) of the electrochemical cell.
  • Explain methodological approaches that are required to design and simulate the performance of fuel cell or electrolyser systems.
  • Understand the modes of operation of a fuel cell and the operating principle(s) of single components comprised in a fuel cell system.
  • Display knowledge on how to perform energy systems analysis of fuel cell systems with a focus on stationary applications.
Assessment Methods & Exceptions 50% individual study report 2,500 words
2 marked class tests, 25% each
reassessment: 100% coursework, 2500 words
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