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Teaching-aid Development for Advanced Energy Storage Systems

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Energy Education Courses, Labs, and Projects

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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25.1261.1 - 25.1261.15



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Gene Yeau-Jian Liao Wayne State University

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Y. Gene Liao is currently Director of the Electric Transportation Technology program and Associate Professor of Engineering Technology at Wayne State University. He received the B.S. in mechanical engineering from National Central University, Taiwan, a mechanical engineer degree from Columbia University, and a doctorate of engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has more than 15 years of industrial practices in the automotive sector prior to becoming a faculty member. Liao has research and teaching interests in the areas of multi-body dynamics, hybrid vehicle powertrain, advanced energy storage systems, and CAE applications in products development and manufacturing.

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Teaching-Aid Development for Advanced Energy Storage SystemsAbstractRecently, several universities and colleges have developed courses and certificate programs fortraining students and returning engineers in advanced energy storage technology. However, onlyfew integrated advanced energy storage laboratory has yet been established for educationalpurposes. The tremendous capital investment, tedious and time-consuming tasks required toestablish a fully function of advanced energy storage are convincing evidence that the collegesand secondary schools are in need of a low-cost, industrial-functionality advanced energy storagelab. The motivation of this project is to develop an interactive, industrial-component-based forthree different electric energy storage units that serve as a teaching aid.The developed teaching-aid for electric energy storage systems consists of three units, electro-mechanical flywheel (or flywheel battery), electro-chemical batteries and supercapacitor. Theelectro-mechanical flywheel unit demonstrates how the flywheel stores mechanical energy andthen converts it to electric energy. The electro-chemical battery unit includes three types ofbatteries: Lead-Acid, NiMH, and Li-ion battery. A battery analyzer UBA5 is used to evaluate,condition, and charges batteries and then generates test report illustrating the conditions of thebatteries. The supercapacitor unit is used to evaluate the capacitance of the supercapacitor. TheLabview-base computer controlled automatic testing scheme is also developed to facilitate thestudents doing laboratory experiments. The developed units, as shown in Fig.1, are capable ofsimulating, illustrating and displaying (on the digital screens) the characteristics of several typesof electric energy storage systems. These units serve as hands-on experience workstations formultidiscipline students enrolled in the advanced energy storage courses. The developedteaching-aid not only enhances the advanced energy storage training and education, but alsoinspires students’ interest in the green movement of renewable energy. RL6 NO Flywheel battery Three types of ND-6063 batteries, capacitor 1 20 RL6 NO RL5 COM 2 RL6 COM RL5 NO 19 RL5 NO and supercapacitor Power supply 3 18 To PC Com port RL7 NO RL4 COM 4 17 RL4 NO RL7 COM RL4 NO DATA+ 5 16 RL8 NO RL3 COM DATA- 6 15 RL3 NO RS485/RS232 RL8 COM RL3 NO CONVERTER VCC 7 14 DATA+ RL2 COM GND 8 13 RL2 NO DATA- RL2 NO +12V 9 12 +Vs RL1 COM 12V_GND 10 11 RL1 NO GND RL1 NO RL1 NO RL2 NO RL3 NO RL4 NO RL5 NO RL6 NO K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 Data Collector DC Motor/GeneratorFlywheel Motor/ DC/10V Resistor Super Normal Lamp Generator Capacitor Capacitor Labview-based computer controlled testing Figure 1. Teaching-aid for energy storage systems

Liao, G. Y. (2012, June), Teaching-aid Development for Advanced Energy Storage Systems Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22018

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