Imad Matraji

System Integration
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Imad Matraji received his Ph.D. degree in automatic control systems from the University of Technology of Belfort Montbéliard (UTBM) in 2013. His main research interest is performance optimization of PEM fuel cell (PEMFC) and their integration in automotive applications.
During his Ph.D., Dr. Matraji studied and resolved a variety of control and optimization problems related to fuel cell systems. Most notable are his contributions in the control of fuel cell air-feed systems, pressure equalization within fuel cells and net power output optimization, using the advanced and highly robust method of nonlinear second order sliding mode control. He also devised methods for avoiding oxygen starvation and compressor surge by developing an innovative load governor algorithm based on extremum seeking technique.
At HYSA, Dr. Matraji is engaged in research within the framework of Hydrogen Fuelled Vehicles programme (KP3), in the Integration and Validation group. His principal objective is to resolve issues related to the integration of fuel cells in mobile applications. He will evaluate his solutions through rigorous simulations, emulations and various FC Vehicle prototypes, in order to ensure robust, reliable and safe Hydrogen mobility.

Publications


[1] S Laghrouche, I Matraji, F S Ahmed, S Jemei, M Wack. Load governor based on constrained extremum seeking for PEM fuel cell oxygen starvation and compressor surge protection. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol. 38, Issue 33, pp 14314-14322, 2013.
[2] I Matraji, S Laghrouche, S Jemei , M Wack. Robust control of the PEM fuel cell air-feed system via sub-optimal second order sliding mode. Applied Energy, Vol 104, pp. 945-957, 2013.
[3] I Matraji, S Laghrouche, M Wack. Pressure Control in a PEM Fuel Cell via Second Order Sliding Mode. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol. 37, Issue 21, pp. 16104-16116, 2012.

Contact

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