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Physical bottom up multiscale modelling for automotive PEMFC innovative performance and durability optimization

Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFCs) are complex nonlinear systems. In order to improve their durability, efficiency and to decrease the cost, time of development, design of new diagnostic tools is crucial.
Powerful mathematical models of the dynamic behaviour of PEMFCs are necessary for the design and improvement of diagnostic tools. The project PUMA MIND will enhance the understanding of interaction, competitions and synergies among the mechanisms at multiple scales and lead to the development of robust dynamic macroscopic models for control-command purposes with predictive capabilities.
The novel mathematical models developed by PUMA MIND will be tested by an experimental work, in order to ensure the applicability on commercial attainable components and catalysts. The most suitable catalysts for the MEA manufacturing technology will be used for these experiments. The implementation of the developed models on the mentioned above catalysts might allow a significant impact, and might also contribute to the most promising solutions based on current EU industrial available components. Operation conditions and control strategies to enhance the durability of automotive PEMFC will be derived on the basis of the multiscale modeling approach proposed by PUMA MIND.


SP1-JTI-FCH.2011.1.3 Improvement of PEMFC performance and durability through multi-scale modelling and numerical simulation


Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA), FRANCE


Mr Pascal SCHOTT

Other participating organisations:

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Ramfahrt German Aerospace Centre DLR Germany
University of Salerno UNISA Italy
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas CSIC Spain
Hochschule Offenburg
University of Applied Sciences Offenburg
HSO Germany
Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon ENSL France
European Commission, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy JRC Belgium
Simon Fraser University SFU Canada
Vodera Ltd. VODERA UK
IDIADA Automotive technology SA IDIADA Spain