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Sliding-Mode Control of PEM Fuel Cells


Part of the Advances in Industrial Control book series (AIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. Cristian Kunusch, Paul Puleston, Miguel Mayosky
    Pages 1-11
  3. Cristian Kunusch, Paul Puleston, Miguel Mayosky
    Pages 13-33
  4. Cristian Kunusch, Paul Puleston, Miguel Mayosky
    Pages 35-71
  5. Cristian Kunusch, Paul Puleston, Miguel Mayosky
    Pages 105-128
  6. Cristian Kunusch, Paul Puleston, Miguel Mayosky
    Pages 129-152
  7. Cristian Kunusch, Paul Puleston, Miguel Mayosky
    Pages 153-159
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 161-177

About this book


Recent advances in catalysis technologies and new materials make fuel cells an economically appealing and clean energy source with massive market potential in portable devices, home power generation and the automotive industry. Among the more promising fuel-cell technologies are proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs).

Sliding-Mode Control of PEM Fuel Cells demonstrates the application of higher-order sliding-mode control to PEMFC dynamics. Fuel-cell dynamics are often highly nonlinear and the text shows the advantages of sliding modes in terms of robustness to external disturbance, modelling error and system-parametric disturbance using higher-order control to reduce chattering.

Divided into two parts, the book first introduces the theory of fuel cells and sliding-mode control. It begins by contextualising PEMFCs both in terms of their development and within the hydrogen economy and today’s energy production situation as a whole. The reader is then guided through a discussion of fuel-cell operation principles, the mathematical background of high-order sliding-mode control and to a feasibility study for the use of sliding modes in the control of an automotive fuel stack.

Part II presents experimental results of sliding-mode-control application to a laboratory fuel cell and deals with subsystem-based modeling and detailed controller design. Simulation results are contrasted with empirical data and performance, robustness and implementation issues are treated in depth. Possibilities for future research are also laid out.

The state-of-the-art research in nonlinear control of fuel cells presented in this volume will be of interest to academics and graduate students working in nonlinear control and sliding modes, particularly those studying fuel-cell systems. Control engineers and designers working with fuel-cell technology in industrial environments can also find new ideas and inspiration from reading Sliding-mode Control of PEM Fuel Cells.

Advances in Industrial Control aims to report and encourage the transfer of technology in control engineering. The rapid development of control technology has an impact on all areas of the control discipline. The series offers an opportunity for researchers to present an extended exposition of new work in all aspects of industrial control.


Control Control Applications Control Engineering Cross000 Energy Fuel Fuel Cell Green Energy High-Order Sliding Modes Hydrogen Fuel Cell Nonlinear Control OJ1412 PEM Fuel Cells Proton Exchange Membrane Renewable Energy Robust Control Sliding-mode Control

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de CatalunyInstitut de Robòtica i Informàtica IndusBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Depto. Electrotecnia, Laboratorio de Electrónica IndustrialUniversidad Nacional de La PlataLa PlataArgentina
  3. 3.Depto. Electrotecnia, Laboratorio de Electrónica IndustrialUniversidad Nacional de La PlataLa PlataArgentina

About the authors

The authors have a working career on automatic control reseach, mostly in the academic arena, with a significant number of peer-reviewed international papers on prestigious jounals and international meetings. This book is the result of theoretical reseach and experimental development activities on non-linear control of the fuel cell area during the last five years. It presents working models of real PEM fuel cell arrangements and experimental results of the control techniques proposed.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sliding-Mode Control of PEM Fuel Cells
  • Authors Cristian Kunusch
    Paul Puleston
    Miguel Mayosky
  • Series Title Advances in Industrial Control
  • Series Abbreviated Title Advances in Industrial Control
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4471-2430-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4471-6043-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4471-2431-3
  • Series ISSN 1430-9491
  • Series E-ISSN 2193-1577
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 180
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Control and Systems Theory
    Renewable and Green Energy
    Automotive Engineering
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