Fuel Cell Modeling and Optimization
Office of Automotive Engineering

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Fuel cell transient response data

Fuel cell analysis tasks frequently begin with computer modeling of existing systems to determine the energy flow and to size system components. To analyze components and subsystems, fuel cell technology engineers at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) use a variety of sophisticated modeling and simulation tools such as SwRI-developed RAPTOR®.

After analyzing the system and conferring with the client, engineers select new or modified components to optimize the system or achieve the client’s requirements or performance goals. SwRI may also fabricate and test the system to validate the analytical model and confirm system performance.

In fuel cell modeling and optimization projects, SwRI staff members use commercial and customized software, including MATLAB®, Simulink®, and EASY5.

Modeling and Optimization Experience

We offer extensive experience in developing and testing control and diagnostic systems, including:

  • Start-up operation
  • Dynamic control, emphasizing maximum efficiency or performance
  • Energy management and storage systems
  • Shut-down characteristics

Related Terminology

fuel cells  •  fuel cell integration  •  fuel cell systems  •  stationary fuel cell

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Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 9 technical divisions.