Fuel-cell propulsion for small manned submersibles
Haddock, James Max
Paynter, Henry M.
Alvarez, Franklin L.
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This thesis investigates the applicability of present fuel cell systems to small manned submersibles. A general review covers the history of submarine power systems and of research submersibles, important considerations in submersible power system design, alternative energy sources, and the basic principles and development of the chemical fuel cell. Three modern fuel cell systems for submarine use are examined in some detail, and the impact of replacing the lead-acid battery system of the 24 ton submersible, Sea Cliff, with a current hydrogen-oxygen fuel cell is assessed.
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