Hybrid Electric Vehicles – Introduction to Battery Technology

Course Description:

The Hybrid Electric Vehicles – Introduction to Battery Technology will cover basic electrochemistry that occurs in batteries. This course will provide an introduction to batteries that are used in energy storage devices in a wide variety of engineering devices. 

Students will Learn:

  • About the chemistry in the traditional battery systems of dry cells, wet cells and lead acid as well as Li-ion that is used for both consumer electronic and in large format applications like EV and PHEV automobiles
  • About the manufacturing process for Li-ion batteries 

Course Modules:

Module 1 – Introduction to Electrochemistry and Batteries

  • Learning Objective: Define electrochemistry and identify and explain various aspects of battery cells, battery systems, and battery manufacturing.

Module 2 – Overview and Walkthrough of Autonomie

  • Learning Objective: Engage with Autonomie, software that is used to simulate Hybrid-Electric vehicles.

Module 3 – Basic Electrochemistry and the Theory of Electrochemistry

  • Learning Objective: Explain how a battery works, describe the basic principles of battery chemistry, and analyze oxidation, reduction, and various losses.

Module 4 – Overview of Various Types of Batteries

  • Learning Objective: List and explain the various types of batteries, and evaluate dry cells, lean acid, and nickel metal hydride more in depth.

Module 5 – Batteries: Lithium Ion, Manufacturing, and Management System

  • Learning Objective: Analyze lithium ion batteries specifically, explain the manufacturing of batteries, and assess how the battery management system’s goal is to optimize the life cycle and safety of batteries.

Recommended Background:

  • Undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in chemical engineering
  • Chemical engineers looking for a technical refresh of the material

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