Hydrogen generation control of PEMFC propulsion system for UAV

Jiseok Hong, Jingu Park, Honggye Sung, Seockjae Shin, SukWoo Nam

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Abstract

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) utilizing electric motors have various advantages and disadvantages. Electric motors are superior to internal combustion engines in thatthey are quiet and are free of unwanted vibrations. However, electric motors offer a shorter flight time due to the battery's low energy density. To solve this problem, various studies on fuel cells are currently in progress. NaBH4 solution used in this study is a chemical hydrogen storage which compounds NaBH4 to an alkali solution (H2O + NaOH). It produces hydrogen through hydrolysis reaction using chemical hydride as a catalyst. In addition to outstanding reaction characteristics it can control the hydrogen generation rate by small pump. A small hydrogen generation device is implemented to utilize NaBH4 solution and dead-end type PEMFC system, which was evaluated on the ground and by the flight.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2010 Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Aerospace Technology, APISAT 2010
PublisherNorthwestern Polytechnical University
Pages1038-1041
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9787561228999
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event2010 Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Aerospace Technology, APISAT 2010 - Xi'an, China
Duration: 2010 Sep 132010 Sep 15

Other

Other2010 Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Aerospace Technology, APISAT 2010
CountryChina
CityXi'an
Period10/9/1310/9/15

Keywords

  • BWB
  • Fuelcell system
  • Hydrogen
  • NaBH4
  • Propulsion system
  • UAV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering

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    Hong, J., Park, J., Sung, H., Shin, S., & Nam, S. (2010). Hydrogen generation control of PEMFC propulsion system for UAV. In Proceedings of 2010 Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Aerospace Technology, APISAT 2010 (pp. 1038-1041). Northwestern Polytechnical University.