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Hybrid Fuel Cell Vehicles Robert Thomas Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School IIT Research Mentor: Donald Chmielewski

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Hybrid Fuel Cell Vehicles

Robert Thomas

Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School

IIT Research Mentor: Donald Chmielewski

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant No. EEC-0502174. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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Hybrid Fuel Cell/Battery Powered VehiclesOverview

  • Objectives

    • Learn dynamics of automotive vehicle

    • Produce a consumer accepted hybrid fuel cell vehicle to meet all government regulations

  • Along the way

    • Do some research

    • Take on the role of an engineer

    • Have some fun

  • Start with a few questions

    • to tell me how much you know

    • think creatively


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Why solve this problem?

  • Minimal pollution

    • Minimize hazardous by-products

    • Provide efficient refueling options

  • Low health risk

    • Minimize exposure to hazardous by-products

    • Minimize toxicity of by-products

  • Reduce use of fossil fuels

    • Renewable fuels

    • Higher efficiency


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Engineering and ethics

  • Statement on Integrity in Science

    1) No plagiarism or unauthorized use of original material

    2) fabrication of data or selective reporting of results

    3) submission of the same paper or trivial variations thereof

  • This applies to research we are doing as well as school work you are doing this fall!


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Historical Perspective

  • 1970’slunar rover

  • 1980’s GM created the EV1

  • Early 1990’sDodge and Ford prototypes

  • Late 1990’sToyota and Honda Hybrids

  • 2000’shybrid fuel cell/battery prototypes

  • Fuel cell overview


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Background material

  • Aerodynamic drag opposing vehicle movement

  • Rolling resistance moment of inertia

  • Gravity = 9.8 m/s

  • Normal force

  • Motor Torque

  • Acceleration = Σ Forces / Mass

  • Driving scenarios using city/urban driving


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