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dc.contributor.advisorChairperson, Graduate Committee: Steven R. Shaw.en
dc.contributor.authorLindahl, Peter Allan.en
dc.date.accessioned2013-06-25T18:43:23Z
dc.date.available2013-06-25T18:43:23Z
dc.date.issued2009en
dc.identifier.urihttps://scholarworks.montana.edu/xmlui/handle/1/1735
dc.description.abstractThis thesis presents a physically-based model for design and optimization of a fuel cell powered electric propulsion system for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Components of the system include a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) providing power, motor controller, Brushless DC (BLDC) motor, and a propeller. Steady-state models for these components are integrated into a simulation program and solved numerically. This allows an operator to select constraints and explore design trade-offs between components, including fuel cell, controller, motor and propeller options. We also presents a graphical procedure using the model that allows rapid assessment and selection of design choices, including fuel cell characteristics and hybridization with multiple sources. To validate this simulation program, a series of experiments conducted on an instrumented propulsion system in a low-speed wind tunnel is provided for comparison. These experimental results are consistent with model predictions.en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.publisherMontana State University - Bozeman, College of Engineeringen
dc.subject.lcshSolid oxide fuel cells.en
dc.subject.lcshFuel cells Research.en
dc.subject.lcshPropulsion systems.en
dc.subject.lcshDrone aircraft.en
dc.titleSimulation, design and validation of a solid oxide fuel cell powered propulsion system for an unmanned aerial vehicle
dc.typeThesis
dc.rights.holderCopyright Peter Allan Lindahl 2009en
thesis.catalog.ckey1512031en
thesis.degree.committeemembersMembers, Graduate Committee: Stephen W. Sofie; Kevin S. Repasky; Robert C. Maheren
thesis.degree.departmentElectrical & Computer Engineering.en
thesis.degree.genreThesisen
thesis.degree.nameMSen
thesis.format.extentfirstpage1en
thesis.format.extentlastpage118en
mus.identifier.categoryEngineering & Computer Science
mus.relation.departmentElectrical & Computer Engineering.en_US
mus.relation.universityMontana State University - Bozemanen_US


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