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Master Thesis - High Temperature PEMFC System Study

Transport solutions are a vital part of modern life as we know it. Sustainable transport solutions with low emissions will have increasing importance in the future. The increased environmental and legislative demands is a great driver for new technology for heavy-duty vehicles. Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV’s) are currently being developed at Volvo Group Trucks Technology (GTT) to meet the demands of the future.
Suitable background
The project is suitable for 2 students with the ability to work as a team and drive the work forward by being proactive, curious, and persistent. A suitable background is a Master program in the relevant engineering fields. High interest in mathematical modelling and simulations with previous experience from using Matlab/Simulink or a similar simulation tool will be required.
Description of thesis work
The fuel cell (FC) in a FCEV is interacting and impacting multiple subsystems in the vehicle, for example the cooling system, hydrogen storage system, air supply system and battery storage system. This project will investigate how a heavy-duty FCEV is affected on a system level if a high temperature proton exchange membrane FC (PEMFC) is used instead of a regular PEMFC. A part of the work will also be to evaluate how other subsystems in the vehicle are affected when a high temperature PEMFC is used instead of a regular PEMFC. A model and simulation platform for a complete commercial vehicle with a regular PEMFC that has been developed at LiU (Linköping University) will be available as a starting point.

The project will be performed in collaboration with Volvo Group Trucks Technology (GTT) and focus on system studies of heavy-duty FC vehicles. The examination and supervision will be done through LiU (Linköping University). RISE (Research Institute of Sweden) will also be involved and support with material properties and knowledge on the topic of high temperature PEMFC.
Thesis Level: Master Thesis
Language: English
Starting date: January/February 2022
Number of students: Preferably 2 students
Contact persons:
Tove Audhav, (Industrial supervisor), Volvo Group Trucks Technology (GTT),
Phone: +46 73 902 99 25
Professor Lars Eriksson, (Examinator & academic supervisor), Linköping University (LiU),
Phone: +46 13 28 44 09
Annika Carlson, PhD. (Fuel Cell expert support), Research Institute of Sweden (RISE)
Phone: +46 73 824 00 57

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