PhD Studentship: Li-ion Cells Instrumentation for Advanced in-situ Battery Diagnostics

Location:

Coventry

Funding amount:

Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/EU/international)


PhD Reference: IFTC-CALPS-FEV-TA-P0026-01-21

Eligibility: UK/EU graduates with the required entry requirements

PhD funding award: Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/EU/international)

Start date: January 2021

Duration of study: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline date: November 13th 2020

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Enquiries may be addressed to: taz.amietszajew@coventry.ac.uk

Li-ion cells have revolutionised 21st century society by enabling mobile communications, portable electronics and implanted medical devices. However, the drive to push the performance of such cells, e.g. through a reduction of the charging time or an increase capacity, is often limited by safety concerns. Until now, no technology for direct measuring of the State of Charge (SoC), State of Health (SoH) or internal thermodynamics of commercial lithium-ion batteries has been available.

The aim of this project is to develop and evaluate novel non-destructive in-situ cell diagnostics methodologies, for example (but not limited to) flexi-PCBs with integrated low-profile temperature sensors, RTDs, quasi-reference electrodes, or any other assemblies enabling view into the cell in-operando thermodynamic parameters. Guided by the expertise within the University energy storage research team, the student will gain deep understanding and hands-on experience of the cutting-edge battery diagnostics capabilities, li-ion cell manufacturing and performance limitations. Subsequently, this will enable development of novel diagnostics method, making a clear contribution to the body of knowledge.

The student will carry out the work using the University research group battery manufacturing and testing equipment, in close collaboration with the industrial partner – FEV.

Coventry University (CU) has a new Powertrain Group based at the Centre for Low Carbon Propulsion Systems (C-ALPS), which is part of the Institute for Future Transport and Cities.  The Group brings together existing CU expertise with academics in energy storage, power electronics and electric machines. In total the new group comprises of 21 full time academics making it one of largest UK based academic team conducting E-mobility research. C-ALPS also includes a partnership with FEV which includes co-investment in CU facilities.

The main task of the Group is de-carbonising transport, with electrification of the propulsion systems as a key aspect. This is where the C-ALPS expertise lies, together with the energy storage systems design, assembly and evaluation facilities.

Recent investment into C-ALPS facilities includes:

  • Li-ion cell manufacturing equipment
  • battery characterisation lab
  • electronics labs
  • power electronics and e-machines labs
  • thermal fluids lab

These facilities enable wide range of research activities– from cell assembly, through formation to battery grading and diagnostics, performance and safety evaluation. In parallel, novel sensors design and application supports the battery diagnostics activities.

How to apply

To find out more about the project please contact
Dr Tazdin Amietszajew, at taz.amietszajew@coventry.ac.uk.

To apply on line please visit: https://pgrplus.coventry.ac.uk/

All applications require full supporting documentation and a covering letter, including supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

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