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Reference Based Fuel Cell Stack Simulator

[+] Author Affiliations
Peter A. Lindahl, Steven R. Shaw

Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

Paper No. FuelCell2010-33315, pp. 249-255; 7 pages
  • ASME 2010 8th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • ASME 2010 8th International Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference: Volume 2
  • Brooklyn, New York, USA, June 14–16, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Advanced Energy Systems Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4405-2 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3875-4
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


This paper presents a test system which uses the current and voltage relationship of a single fuel cell or small scale stack as a reference for reproducing the electrical terminals of a full stack. The voltage of the reference cell is measured and amplified by the simulator to the voltage level that would be generated by a large scale fuel cell stack. This scaled voltage can be applied to a realistic load for studying stack / load interactions, stack electro-chemical performance characteristics and cell durability. This reference simulator system provides an alternative in stack / load studies to costly and cumbersome power level fuel cell stacks while providing more realistic results than model-based stack simulators. The simulator system was tested using a single InDEC Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) scaled to simulate a 21 cell stack. Data from these tests are included and show good steady-state and dynamic accuracy.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME
Topics: Fuel cells



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