FUEL CELLS FOR AIR FORCE REQUIREMENTS.
Final technical rept. 20 Jan 66-1 Apr 67,
CHEMICAL AND METALLURGICAL RESEARCH INC CHATTANOOGA TN
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A study of fuel cells for Air Force requirements consisted of collecting information on state-of-the-art, and determining projected capabilities and gaps in existing knowledge and technology which must be filled to meet these projected capabilities. The study consisted of collecting information on state-of-the-art, and determining projected capabilities and gaps in existing knowledge and technology which must be filled to meet these projected capabilities. The hydrogen-oxygen class fuel cell was especially evaluated by projecting performance and examining these new capabilities for application in aerospace vehicles, including aircraft, orbital and space types. In these applications, the fuel cell, as an auxiliary power source, offers possibilities of increased payloads andor range of missions because of its potential high reliability and overall low weight. The capabilities of the hydrocarbon class fuel cell were projected for the purpose of analyzing its applications to Air Force needs in ground power, which require portability, transportability, mobility, availability of fuel, storability of fuel, and acceptable costs. Results of these analysis indicated that the hydrocarbon class fuel cell might eventually be the best power source for some specific applications, providing that research and development programs, prosently active and yet to be implemented, are successful. Estimates of program for needed progress in fuel cell technology for specific Air Force needs showed up some deficiencies or gaps in areas of research and engineering. The overall research and development programs require complete re-examination, and perhaps adjustment, for proper balance of activities.
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