July 6, 2005

Canadian universities collaborate on hydrogen infrastructure safety

Victoria, B.C. – Two University of Victoria mechanical engineering professors are collaborating with the Universities of Quebec (Trois Rivieres), Concordia, Toronto and Calgary on a hydrogen safety and infrastructure study for zero emission, hydrogen powered vehicles.

The UVic component of the work, to be conducted at UVic’s Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic) by Drs. Ned Djilali and Peter Oshkai, will focus on computational modeling and experimental measurements of compressible hydrogen jets.

“Basically, we are going to study how hydrogen behaves in the atmosphere if it leaks from a pipeline or a storage tank,” explains Oshkai. “There are times when it’s necessary to release a certain amount of hydrogen into the atmosphere so we are also going to investigate how quickly hydrogen dissipates in air. This will help to establish safety guidelines for fueling stations, pipelines, vehicles, etc.”

The study is part of a national research initiative-entitled Auto 21 Network Centres of Excellence-formed to focus Canadian research expertise on the task of improving and enhancing the global competitiveness of the Canadian automotive industry. It is supported by the federal government and more than 120 industry, government and institutional partners. For more information go to www.auto21.ca.

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