UBC Undergraduate Research

Final recommendation report for oxyhydrogen generator analysis and optimization Sobie, Cameron


Oxyhydrogen gas produced via electrolysis was performed for the first time immediately following the invention of electrolysis. It is used on the industrial scale for producing high purity hydrogen, and has become the subject of increasing scientific interest with the possiblity of commercially feasible hydrogen fuel cells. Oxyhydrogen gas also remains an e ffective high temperature flame source for hobbyist and specialty applications. Initially, this project aimed to build and optimize an electrolytic cell with the aims of producing useful amounts of oxyhydrogen gas. After construction of the system, it became obvious that the high power requirements to produce useful volumes of gas made this goal unfeasible. As a result, the project aim shifted to a scientific investigation of the e ect of pulse width modulated power on electrolysis with the goal of improving efficiency. After numerous measurements and attempts at optimization, the experimental setup was unable to produce sufficiently accurate results to make any claims. Numerous recommendations are made should a group choose to improve the experiment setup and retry the experiment.

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