Friday, June 7, 2013

Sensing and software for advanced hybrid car battery systems

They may not know about everything under the hood of Ford’s new Fusion hybrid electric vehicle, but U-M researchers enjoy an up-close look at what’s under the back seat. Ford has supplied one of its most advanced batteries to a team of electrical, mechanical and chemical engineers. In collaboration with Ford and General Electric, (GE) the team is beginning a project that will monitor the thermal and mechanical stresses on battery cells and develop a battery management scheme to reduce those stresses and prolong battery life.

The complete battery pack in its steel case.
The project kicked off with the dissection of the battery pack, giving the team insights into today’s cutting-edge vehicle batteries from the “crash-worthy” steel casing to the cells. “It was a really fun day,” said professor of chemical engineering Charles Monroe.