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Majumdar, Pradip, 1954-

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Mechanical Engineering


Lithium ion batteries; Electric vehicles--Batteries


Electric Vehicles (EV) have a promising solution to the current greenhouse gas emission problems and escalating prices of the fossil fuels. One considerable factor contributing to the drawbacks of EVs is safety of the battery. Lithium ion batteries are known for their higher energy densities and potential for higher capacities thus considered one of the most important electrochemical energy storage system. Thermal run-away is critical for EVs as they have a wide range of charge and discharge rates. So effective heat transfer and protection against high operating temperatures are crucial. This study focuses on the effect of geometrical size and unit cell capacity on the performance and heat generation in a Lithium-Iron Phosphate battery cell and storage system under fast charging and discharging conditions. Charge transport is one of the critical factors that limits the performance of a Li-Ion battery cell and contributes to the large heat generation rate. A high performance cooling system is also analyzed to control cell temperature for optimum performance and avoid thermal runaway. A simulation model based on coupling a battery model that takes into account of the charge transport and heat generation with a CFD model for conjugate heat transfer and flow dynamics was used to investigate the cell polarization and thermal behavior of the battery cell for high vehicle load cycles and fast charging conditions.


Advisors: Pradip Majumdar.||Committee members: Kyu Taek Cho; Donald Zinger.||Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustrations.


ix, 50 pages




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