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Title: Advanced reliability analysis of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells using Petri-Net analysis and Fuel Cell modelling techniques.
Authors: Whiteley, Michael
Leigh, Johanna M.
Fly, Ashley
Jackson, Lisa M.
Dunnett, Sarah J.
Keywords: Degradation
PEMFC
Petri-net analysis
Reliability
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © Committee of WHEC2014
Citation: WHITELEY, M. ... et al, 2014. Advanced reliability analysis of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells using Petri-Net analysis and Fuel Cell modelling techniques. Proceedings of 20th World Hydrogen Energy Conference, WHEC 2014, 15th-20th June, Gwangju, South Korea, pp.675-682.
Abstract: Reliability issues with fuel cells have held back the commercialisation of this new technology, and as such are required to be studied further. Current reliability standards for automotive applications require an operational lifetime of 150, 000 miles or 5, 000 hours. These standards are hard to achieve; therefore in depth reliability analysis and degradation studies can help allude towards the key areas of improvement in fuel cell technology to meet these standards. Previous failure mode and affect analysis work has shown that the multi-component system of a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell is inherently complex. Dependencies exist between multiple failure modes which discounts Fault Tree Analysis as a feasible reliability modelling technique. Therefore, in this study, Petri-Net simulation and fuel cell modelling techniques have been adopted to develop an accurate degradation model. Operational parameters such as water content, temperature and current density and their effects on the occurrence of failure modes can be modelled through this technique. The work will improve previous fuel cell reliability studies by taking into consideration; operating parameters (water content, temperature), fuel cell voltage based on demand (drive cycles) and dependencies between failure modes.
Description: This is a conference paper.
Sponsor: This work was supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Doctoral Training Centre in Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Their Applications.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/17314
Publisher Link: http://whec2014.com/
ISBN: 9781634396554
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering)

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