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|Title: ||PEM Fuel Cells Redesign Using Biomimetic and TRIZ Design Methodologies|
|Authors: ||Fung, Keith Kin Kei|
|Advisor: ||Wallace, James S.|
Shu, Lily H.
|Department: ||Mechanical and Industrial Engineering|
|Keywords: ||Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell|
|Issue Date: ||31-Dec-2010|
|Abstract: ||Two formal design methodologies, biomimetic design and the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving, TRIZ, were applied to the redesign of a Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell. Proof of concept prototyping was performed on two of the concepts for water management. The liquid water collection with strategically placed wicks concept demonstrated the potential benefits for a fuel cell. Conversely, the periodic flow direction reversal concepts might cause a potential reduction water removal from a fuel cell. The causes of this water removal reduction remain unclear. In additional, three of the concepts generated with biomimetic design were further studied and demonstrated to stimulate more creative ideas in the thermal and water management of fuel cells. The biomimetic design and the TRIZ methodologies were successfully applied to fuel cells and provided different perspectives to the redesign of fuel cells. The methodologies should continue to be used to improve fuel cells.|
|Appears in Collections:||Master|
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