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Comparative design analysis of a fuel cell powered Coast Guard cutter

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Comar, John Francis.
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Calvano, C.N.
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1996-06
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June, 1996
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Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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en_US
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This investigation studied the impact of using fuel cells as the primary power source in a ship design. Three different fuel cells were modeled: Phosphoric Acid, Proton Exchange Membrane, and Molten Carbonate. These models were compared against a baseline design containing a more conventional powerplant. The models were built and optimized using the 'Advanced Surface Ship Evaluation Tool' (ASSET/MONOSC). Specifically, payload, endurance, sustained speed, and hull depth were held constant, while length, beam, and draft were optimized to provide a balanced design. Full load displacement and required fuel load were compared against the baseline values. Conclusions concerning the potential value of a fuel cell powerplant were drawn.
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194 p.
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