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Fuel Cell Fundamentals [Hardcover]

Ryan O'Hayre , Suk-Won Cha , Whitney Colella , Fritz B. Prinz
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December 2, 2005 0471741485 978-0471741480
Fuel Cell Fundamentals is an introductory-level textbook covering the basic science and engineering behind fuel cell technology. Focusing on the fundamentals, it provides straightforward descriptions of how fuel cells work, why they offer the potential for high efficiency, and how their unique advantages can best be used. Emphasis is placed on the founding scientific principles that govern fuel cell operations. Designed to be accessible to fuel cell beginners, it is suitable for any engineering or science major with a background in calculus, basic physics, and elementary thermodynamics. The book is divided in two parts: The first (and largest part), "Fuel Cell Principles" focuses on basic fuel cell physics. The second part: "Fuel Cell Technology" provides a brief discussion of the practical applications of fuel cell technology. Fuel Cell Fundamentals provides examples, problems, and pedagogy for classroom use. A solutions manual is available.

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A unique presentation of the basic science and engineering behind fuel cells

Fuel Cell Fundamentals is an accessible, introductory book that thoroughly covers the basic science and engineering behind fuel cell technology. Emphasizing the founding scientific principles that govern fuel cell operations, it provides straightforward descriptions of how fuel cells work, why they offer the potential for high efficiency, and how their unique advantages can best be used.

Fuel Cell Fundamentals assumes no prior knowledge of fuel cells or electrochemistry and is accessible to fuel cell beginners and any engineering or science major with a background in calculus, basic physics, and elementary thermodynamics. It's conveniently divided into two parts:

  • Part I: Fuel Cell Principles—focuses on basic fuel cell physics, including illustrated diagrams, examples, text boxes, and review questions that foster an intuitive understanding of fuel cells
  • Part II: Fuel Cell Technology—presents a discussion of the practical applications of fuel cell technology, including valuable information on selecting the best fuel cell for a given application and how to design a complete system

About the Author

RYAN O'HAYRE, PhD, is serving an NSF fellowship at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands.

SUK-WON CHA, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Seoul National University.

WHITNEY COLELLA, PhD, is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University.

FRITZ B. PRINZ, PhD, is the Rodney H. Adams Professor in the School of Engineering and serves as Chair in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (December 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471741485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471741480
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,619,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Professor Ryan O'Hayre is lead author of Fuel Cell Fundamentals, the world's best-selling textbook on the subject of fuel cell science and technology (translated into both Chinese and Korean). His second textbook, Materials Kinetics Fundamentals, will be released by John Wiley and Sons in 2015.

Prof. O'Hayre teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines and directs the Advanced Energy Materials Laboratory. His laboratory develops new materials and devices to enable alternative energy technologies including fuel cells and solar cells.

Prof. O'Hayre has published more than 80 peer-reviewed publications in the field as well as several patents and book chapters. He has received several young-investigator research and teaching honors including the Chinese Academy of Sciences Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (2012-13), The ASM Bradley Staughton Award, 20011 Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow, and the 2009 Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE), the US's top honor for early-career scientists and engineers. He collaborates with a number of National Labs and international Universities, including the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak-Ridge National Laboratory, Risoe-DTU in Denmark, and the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in China.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Provides clear, interesting overview December 7, 2005
By K. Lynn
Format:Hardcover
This book does a fabulous job of providing a clear, interesting overview of fuel cells. Without assuming any previous knowledge, the book introduces the reader to the necessary fuel cell science, including thermodynamics, charge and mass transport, and reaction kinetics. The book also introduces the five types of fuel cells (PEMFC, PAFC, AFC, MCFC, SOFC) and gives the reader a good understanding of the characteristics, advantages and disadvtanges to each one, allowing for easy comparison. As a student, this textbook seemlessly guided me through the fuel cells class and left me with a strong, deeper understanding of fuel cells (and an ability to intelligently discuss them!). I still reference my textbook frequently and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about fuel cells.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of "Fuel Cell Fundamentals" by R. O'Hayre et al. December 24, 2007
Format:Hardcover
This book is the best one that I could find to introduce the reader to the technology and underlying science of fuel cells. The quality of the presentation is high but yet it is easy to read. The emphasis on the fundamentals is appreciated. The book has discussions of the relevant thermodynamics, transport science, and chemical kinetics in the early chapters with a supporting appendix on quantum-mechanical issues. Then, it addresses modeling and characterization of fuel cells and fuel-cell systems. Environmental impact is also addressed in the last chapter. The book relies on both mathematics and physical arguments to present the concepts and information. A student at the senior level or graduate level in a program of engineering, physics, or chemistry should have no difficulty with this book. Problem exercises are suggested in the book. Consequently, it can be used as either a textbook or reference book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best introductory book on fuel cells available December 18, 2005
By Y.B.
Format:Hardcover
This book is an excellent introduction to fuel cells for the novice as well as a valuable reference for someone with more experience. It does not assume prior knowledge on the one hand, yet provides enough depth to be of interest for people already in the fuel cell field. When I first became interested in fuel cells, I did a survey of all the books available and this one best suited my needs by far. It is very readable and the explanations provide both quantitative scientific rigor as well as supporting, intuitive reasoning. I highly recommend this book - when you finish reading it you will have a solid foundation in fuel cell science and technology.
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