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BYOE: Learning Tool for Lithium-Ion Battery Management System

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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June 29, 2016





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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies: BYOE Session

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Gene Yeau-Jian Liao Wayne State University

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GENE LIAO is currently Director of the Electric-drive Vehicle Engineering and Alternative Energy Technology programs and Professor at Wayne State University. He received a M.S. in mechanical engineering from Columbia University, and a doctor of engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has over 17 years of industrial practices in the automotive sector prior to becoming a faculty member. Dr. Liao has research and teaching interests in the areas of hybrid vehicles, energy storage, and advanced manufacturing.

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Electrochemical batteries are the primary option for energy storage systems in electric-drive vehicles (electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles) and renewable energies. As the market share of electric-drive vehicles and renewable energy sectors are increasing, safety and reliability of their battery systems are the top concerns of drivers/users. Battery Management System (BMS) handles all of the monitoring, control, cell balancing, and safety circuitry of this high-power battery pack which consists of high-capacity battery cells series-connected in long strings. It is challenge to teach and train students in BMS for series-connected lithium-ion battery cells in classroom and laboratory environment due to safety and time consuming. This paper presents the development of an interactive and computer-controlled unit that serves as a learning tool for the BMS. The developed learning tool emulates the battery terminal voltage for up to 12 serially connected cells. By manually changing the cell voltage on the fly, the overcharge, over-discharge and balancing condition of each cell can be emulated for student doing the laboratory experiments. This laboratory unit serves an ad hoc learning tool to two undergraduate courses. The developed BMS learning tool not only enhances the advanced energy storage training and education, but also inspires students’ interest in the green movement of transportation and renewable energy.

Liao, G. Y. (2016, June), BYOE: Learning Tool for Lithium-Ion Battery Management System Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26425

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