Date of Award

5-2020

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Engineering (M.S.E.)

Department

School of Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Nicholas Baine

Second Advisor

Dr. Bogdan Asamczyk

Third Advisor

Dr. Charlie Standridge

Academic Year

2019/2020

Abstract

As the number of electric vehicles (EVs) increases, the number of used battery packs that require disposal increases; however, many of these packs still have useful capacity and can be repurposed. When using repurposed large lithium-ion battery packs, deviations between cells within a pack become problematic. These deviations result in a pack that is unbalanced, affecting performance and proving potentially hazardous when charging. Consequently, a battery management system (BMS) is needed. To provide safety, the BMS in this paper monitors and controls the operation of the battery pack. In addition, it controls the redistribution of charge between the cells within the pack, providing battery balancing and performance benefits. Two designs are prototyped and tested using repurposed battery packs.

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