Several aspects must be considered when attempting to design a fuel cell that will perform well and show durability without being expensive. This project focused on the membrane, gas-diffusion, and catalyst layers of the MEA, and improvements that could be made to both the process and parameters of its design and fabrication. By first understanding the main aspects of MEA performance and fabrication, several factors were decided upon to investigate further from among the wide range of possible experimental variables. In order to rationalize this, a theoretical model proposed by Thampan et al, of MEA performance was considered. A literature review was also preformed to guide the experimental phase of the project and to gain knowledge of current research being done on the relevant topics.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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