Masters Theses

Abstract

"Hydrogen fuel cell hybrid vehicles are an advance technology that promises to solve the energy crisis in transportation and green houses emissions. Even more, Plug-in or extended range vehicles can add diversity in energy sources. Extended range vehicles have the capability to extract energy from the grid and hence reduce the cost of operation of the vehicle. EcoCAR: the NeXt Challenge is a Noth [sic] American competition with seventeen schools participating across North America. Missouri S&T is developing a Fuel Cell Plug-in Hybrid electric vehicle which has a large lithium-ion battery able to store 16 kWh. The fuel cell powertrain is a GM donated fuel cell which includes an electric traction motor and three hydrogen storage cylinders. The proposed electrical storage system consist of five A123 modules which thermal, safety and vibrations requirements. The present work illustrates all the integration process, describes the components of the electrical storage system and presents the cost of integration. The case of the electrical storage system is designed to support 20 g of acceleration for a side and front crash and 8g of acceleration for a rollover crash, the electrical storage system modules are vibration isolated with four vibration isolators per module and a failure analysis is presented. The Missouri S&T prototype is entirely made of aluminum with a total cost of $40,656, the total weight of the system is 322.65 kg which represents an energy/weight ratio of 46.59 Wh/kg"--Abstract, page iii.

Advisor(s)

Sheffield, John W.

Committee Member(s)

Liou, Frank W.
Grasman, Scott E. (Scott Erwin)

Department(s)

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2010

Pagination

ix, 75 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 133-138).

Rights

© 2010 Edward Alexei Anculle Arauco, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

File Type

text

Language

English

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Energy storage -- Equipment and supplies
Fuel cells
Hybrid electric vehicles -- Design and construction
Hydrogen as fuel

Thesis Number

T 9599

Print OCLC #

678561650

Electronic OCLC #

678550726

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