Seminar - Application of Fuel Cell Systems for Long Endurance UAV-Past, Present & Future by Dr. Chivey Wu, Ph.D.
Date: 13 November 2012 (Tuesday)
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30 pm
Venue: EF305, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
The design and development of first generation unmanned air vehicles (UAV) utilizing hydrogen fuel cell propulsion systems will be presented. The advantages of using fuel cells for aero-propulsion include low heat signature, low noise, zero emission, and long endurance-long range capabilities. These performance features were realized through the development of light weight fuel cell systems custom-designed for long endurance UAV. Autopilot systems were also integrated to enable autonomous missions. Current state of the technology and future prospect of hybrid propulsion systems integrating lithium batteries, solar power, and internal combustion engines will also be addressed.
Dr. Chivey Wu earned his B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from National Cheng Kung University (Taiwan) in 1976, and his M.S. (1979) and Ph. D. (1983) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He was a professor at California State University, Los Angeles since 1983, and has developed a teaching recipe in a wide variety of courses in aeronautics and mechanical engineering. He has conducted numerous sponsored research projects in aerodynamics, propulsion, and energy systems, and was a research fellow at Lawrence-Berkeley Lab and NASA Langley Research Center from 1990 to 1993. He was instrumental in the development of several research laboratories in aerodynamics, flight dynamics & control, airframe fabrication, and fuel cell systems. He was also one of the pioneers in the development of three award-winning solar-powered automobiles in the 1990’s, and more recently, fuel cell-powered unmanned air vehicles which have set range and endurance records.