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Design and Experimental Verification of Voltage Measurement Circuits Based on Linear Optocouplers with Galvanic Isolation for Battery Management Systems

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School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, Oxford Brookes University, Wheatley campus, Oxford OX33 1HX, UK
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Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, University Road, SO17 1BJ Southampton, UK
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World Electr. Veh. J. 2019, 10(4), 59; https://doi.org/10.3390/wevj10040059
Received: 20 July 2019 / Revised: 15 September 2019 / Accepted: 18 September 2019 / Published: 23 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Power Electronics Subsystems)
A battery management system (BMS) design, based on linear optocouplers for Lithium-ion battery cells for automotive and stationary applications is proposed. The critical parts of a BMS are the input voltages and currents measurement circuits. In this design, they include linear optocouplers for galvanic isolation between the battery pack and the BMS. Optocouplers based on AlGaAs light emitted diodes (LED) and PIN photodiode with external operational amplifiers are used. The design features linear characteristics, to ensure the accuracy of the measurements. The suggested approach is based on graphical data digitalizing, which gives the precise values for the most sensitive parameters: photocurrent, normalized and transferred servo gain and helps the calculation procedure to be automated with MATLAB scripts. Several mathematical methods in the analysis are used in order for the necessary equations to be derived. The results are experimentally verified with prototypes. View Full-Text
Keywords: battery management system; linear optocouplers; design; experimental verification; automotive applications battery management system; linear optocouplers; design; experimental verification; automotive applications
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Dimitrov, B.; Collier, G.; Cruden, A. Design and Experimental Verification of Voltage Measurement Circuits Based on Linear Optocouplers with Galvanic Isolation for Battery Management Systems. World Electr. Veh. J. 2019, 10, 59.

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