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Title: Failure mode and effect analysis, and fault tree analysis of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells
Authors: Whiteley, Michael
Dunnett, Sarah J.
Jackson, Lisa M.
Keywords: PEMFC
Fuel cell
Fault tree
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © Hydrogen Energy Publications, LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Citation: WHITELEY, M., DUNNETT, S. and JACKSON, L., 2016. Failure mode and effect analysis, and fault tree analysis of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 41(2), pp.1187-1202.
Abstract: Hydrogen fuel cells have the potential to dramatically reduce emissions from the energy sector, particularly when integrated into an automotive application. However there are three main hurdles to the commercialisation of this promising technology; one of which is reliability. Current standards require an automotive fuel cell to last around 5000 h of operation (equivalent to around 150,000 miles), which has proven difficult to achieve to date. This hurdle can be overcome through in-depth reliability analysis including techniques such as Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) and Fault Tree Analysis (FTA) amongst others. Research has found that the reliability field regarding hydrogen fuel cells is still in its infancy, and needs development, if the current standards are to be achieved. In this work, a detailed reliability study of a Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) is undertaken. The results of which are a qualitative and quantitative analysis of a PEMFC. The FMEA and FTA are the most up to date assessments of failure in fuel cells made using a comprehensive literature review and expert opinion.
Description: This paper was accepted for publication in the journal International Journal of Hydrogen Energy and the definitive published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2015.11.007
Sponsor: This work was supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) (EP/G037116/1) and the Doctoral Training Centre in Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Their Applications.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2015.11.007
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/19981
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2015.11.007
ISSN: 0360-3199
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