Title

Hydrogen Fuel Generator for a Combustion Engine

Lead Author Major

Mechanical Engineering

Lead Author Status

Senior

Second Author Major

Mechanical Engineering

Second Author Status

Senior

Third Author Major

Mechanical Engineering

Third Author Status

Senior

Fourth Author Major

Mechanical Engineering

Fourth Author Status

Senior

Format

SOECS Senior Project Demonstration

Faculty Mentor Name

Kyle Watson

Faculty Mentor Email

kwatson@pacific.edu

Faculty Mentor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Abstract/Artist Statement

The purpose of this project was to design and fabricate a hydrogen generator that allows quantitative testing of the process of electrolysis of water with a focus on reducing combustion engine emissions. The project was produced as a way to observe the effects on a generator by altering various conditions on the device in a lab setting, such as voltage and solution makeup. The generator also served as a means of studying the device as an at-home hydrogen source for hydrogen vehicle owners. This project was developed due to a personal interest in electrolysis and its use in reducing the consumption of fossil fuels. It was also driven by a strong personal interest in automotive technologies. Along with being safe to use, the device successfully produced a quantifiable flow of hydrogen gas, under various testing conditions. The device was successfully designed and fabricated to have the ability to be scaled to a desired gas output. The scalability of the generator provides the potential to meet the demand of an internal combustion engine and an ideal at-home hydrogen refueling station.

Location

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Start Date

6-5-2017 2:30 PM

End Date

6-5-2017 4:00 PM

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Hydrogen Fuel Generator for a Combustion Engine

School of Engineering & Computer Science

The purpose of this project was to design and fabricate a hydrogen generator that allows quantitative testing of the process of electrolysis of water with a focus on reducing combustion engine emissions. The project was produced as a way to observe the effects on a generator by altering various conditions on the device in a lab setting, such as voltage and solution makeup. The generator also served as a means of studying the device as an at-home hydrogen source for hydrogen vehicle owners. This project was developed due to a personal interest in electrolysis and its use in reducing the consumption of fossil fuels. It was also driven by a strong personal interest in automotive technologies. Along with being safe to use, the device successfully produced a quantifiable flow of hydrogen gas, under various testing conditions. The device was successfully designed and fabricated to have the ability to be scaled to a desired gas output. The scalability of the generator provides the potential to meet the demand of an internal combustion engine and an ideal at-home hydrogen refueling station.