Browse Publications Technical Papers 2011-01-2443
2012-05-15

Comparison of Model Predictions with Temperature Data Sensed On-Board from the Li-ion Polymer Cells of an Electric Vehicle 2011-01-2443

One of the challenges faced when using Li-ion batteries in electric vehicles is to keep the cell temperatures below a given threshold. Mathematical modeling would indeed be an efficient tool to test virtually this requirement and accelerate the battery product lifecycle. Moreover, temperature predicting models could potentially be used on-board to decrease the limitations associated with sensor based temperature feedbacks. Accordingly, we present a complete modeling procedure which was used to calculate the cell temperatures during a given electric vehicle trip. The procedure includes a simple vehicle dynamics model, an equivalent circuit battery model, and a 3D finite element thermal model. Model parameters were identified from measurements taken during constant current and pulse current discharge tests. The cell temperatures corresponding to an actual electric vehicle trip were calculated and compared with measured values. The resulting accuracy was high enough (max error 1.07 K) and suggests that designers could rely largely on similar numerical thermal simulations during the design of Li-ion battery systems for electric vehicles. Additionally, the thermal model could be used on-board in a battery management system control strategy to keep the cell temperatures within a safe window. A model reduction procedure is nevertheless needed to scale down the computational effort to the on-board capabilities.

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