Study on an actuation system development using temperature control of metal hydrides

Mi Yeon Shin, Woo Suk Chong, Chang Ho Yu
2020 Technology and Health Care  
Hydrogen storage using metal hydride (MH) offers various advantages so the global research and development using MH alloys keeps growing. In this paper, we developed a new actuation system using temperature control of the MH module. The actuation system consisted of an MH module, fan, mass flow controller (MFC), solenoid valve, actuator, and a temperature and pressure sensor. The MH module, two fans and temperature sensors were set for heating and cooling the MH power by electricity. Two MFCs
more » ... tricity. Two MFCs and four pneumatic solenoid valves were used for controlling the direction and measuring hydrogen flow. Two actuators were used to evaluate performance of the MH alloy, and all the results were measured by LabVIEW software. Hydrogen was absorbed by the MH alloy by pressurizing at 1 MPa, and the absorbed hydrogen was desorbed using a vacuum pump. The temperature condition of the driving test was 20-50∘C. As the module was heated, it was confirmed that the actuator connected to the system was driven by the pressure of desorbed hydrogen. It is confirmed that the actuation system is suitable for the evaluation of characteristics of MH alloy. Future studies are planned to develop MH alloys and test the actual driving performance using this system.
doi:10.3233/thc-209012 pmid:32333569 fatcat:v25ok2jwijcbnmquwpkc4nbcxu