Coupled thermal-electrochemical modelling and characterization of novel lithium-ion cell architectures for electric vehicle batteries

Significant advances in lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are driving the automotive industry’s transition to electrification. Canada’s expansive ecosystem of leading automakers, part manufacturers, research institutions, and skilled workforce are collectively well-positioned to further advance LIB technologies and overcome critical barriers that continue impacting electric vehicle (EV) adoption, including vehicle driving range, and battery lifespan and safety. These barriers are aggravated in extreme cold and hot climates due to the sensitivity of LIBs to sub-zero and high temperatures (above 45°C). Partnering with Flex | N | Gate and its Flex?Ion Battery Innovation Centre in Windsor, Ontario, we will jointly develop computational thermal-electrochemical battery models and experimental characterization methodologies to support the design and manufacturing of Flex | N | Gate’s LIB cells. We will apply a high fidelity computational and experimental framework combining physics- and data-based battery modelling methodologies to enable superior battery performance, enhanced safety, and extended lifetime in all climates. Flex | N | Gate will leverage these computational models and characterization methodologies to incorporate leading-edge thermal innovations into their next-generation pouch and cylindrical LIB cells.

Mir Abbas Ali
Faculty Supervisor: 
Cristina Amon
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