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Batteries 2019, 5(1), 31; https://doi.org/10.3390/batteries5010031
An Electrical Equivalent Circuit Model of a Lithium Titanate Oxide Battery
Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, DK-9220 Aalborg, Denmark
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Received: 29 January 2019 / Accepted: 7 March 2019 / Published: 13 March 2019
A precise lithium-ion battery model is required to specify their appropriateness for different applications and to study their dynamic behavior. In addition, it is important to design an efficient battery system for power applications. In this investigation, a second-order equivalent electrical circuit battery model, which is the most conventional method of characterizing the behavior of a lithium-ion battery, was developed. The current pulse procedure was employed for parameterization of the model. The construction of the model was described in detail, and a battery model for a 13 Ah lithium titanate oxide battery cell was demonstrated. Comprehensive characterization experiments were accomplished for an extensive range of operating situations. The outcomes were employed to parameterize the suggested dynamic model of the lithium titanate oxide battery cell. The simulation outcomes were compared to the laboratory measurements. In addition, the proposed lithium-ion battery model was validated. The recommended model was assessed, and the proposed model was able to anticipate precisely the current and voltage performance.
Keywords:equivalent circuit model; lithium-ion battery; modelling, experiment
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In this investigation the current pulse method was employed with the intention of parameterizing and developing a model of a 13 Ah lithium titanate oxide battery. In addition, an equivalent electrical circuit was employed to approximate the dynamics of the battery cell.
The procedure for battery parameterization, arrangement of the suggested battery dynamic model, and outcomes from the comprehensive battery characterization experiments are described in the following sections.
2. Structure of the Proposed Model
In this investigation, an equivalent electrical circuit model (shown in Figure 1) is suggested for simulation purposes and to model the transient behavior of a lithium titanate oxide battery cell. This method was used because this topology generally proposes a tradeoff between battery cell computational requirements and the approximation of voltage precision. The model was comprised of different parts, such as a series DC internal resistance or ohmic resistance, a DC voltage source, and two RC parallel circuit networks.
Series resistance shows internal DC resistance. This resistance is responsible for the immediate voltage decrease when a current is applied to the battery cell. A DC voltage source or controlled voltage source demonstrates the model open circuit voltage (OCV) of a battery cell. Note that this voltage is dependent on the state of charge (SOC).
To determine the transient response of terminal voltage, two RC parallel networks were employed. The prime RC network (R1 and C1) demonstrated the small-time constant of the battery cell feedback, and was employed to model double layer capacitance and the charge transfer procedures. The secondary RC network (R2 and C2), demonstrated the lengthy-time constant of the battery cell feedback, and was employed to model the diffusion procedures. In the investigated model, the parameters were dependent on current, SOC, and temperature. The construction of each subsystem is described in the following parts.
2.1. SOC Calculation
A subsystem was designed for determination of the SOC. Current and initial SOC were considered as inputs to the subsystem. Capacity was considered as a function of current. A lookup table was employed to determine the effect of capacity on the current of the battery cell. The following equation was used for calculation of the SOC:where is capacity, is current, and is the initial SOC.
2.2. Open Circuit Voltage Calculation
OCV is the terminal voltage of a battery cell at equilibrium condition. Open circuit voltage is one of the many parameters that need to be determined. The value of OCV was considered as a function of current rates, temperature, and SOC. A 2-D lookup table was employed to demonstrate the amount of OCV. The relationship between OCV and SOC could be determined by a polynomial equation. The OCV of the lithium titanate oxide-based battery was determined over the whole SOC interval considering a 5% SOC resolution. The measurements were reproduced for the eight investigated temperatures. The open circuit voltage test method for the battery cell is illustrated in Table 1. A 2-D lookup table for determination of OCV is shown in Table 2. The OCV and SOC characteristic, which was determined at 30 °C, is demonstrated in Figure 2. Analogous outcomes were determined for the other investigated temperatures. It should be noted that 1C corresponds to 13 A.
2.3. Calculation of Ohmic Resistance
The ohmic resistance () could be determined from the immediate voltage decline after the current pulse was applied. The voltage response of a lithium titanate oxide battery cell to a discharging current pulse (I) and voltage one second after current pulse is illustrated in Figure 3. A 2-D lookup table (shown in Table 3) was used to determine the ohmic resistance. The value of the resistance was calculated from the following equation:
2.4. RC Values Determination
The amount of RC parallel networks (R1, C1, R2, and C2) were considered as a function of current, SOC, and temperature. In this subsystem, 2-D lookup tables were used to characterize the parameters of RC parallel networks.
2.5. R1 Calculation
The voltage response of a lithium titanate oxide battery cell to a discharging current pulse and voltage ten seconds after current pulse is illustrated in Figure 4. The 2-D lookup table shown in Table 4 was used to determine the R1. The following equation was used to calculate the value of the resistance R1:
2.6. R2 Calculation
The voltage response of a lithium titanate oxide battery cell to a discharging current pulse and voltage eighteen seconds after a current pulse is illustrated in Figure 5. A 2-D lookup table (shown in Table 5) was used to determine the R2. The values of the resistance R2 were calculated from the following equation:
2.7. C1 and C2 Calculations
The values of the capacitances C1 and C2 were determined by using the following equations :
2.8. Voltages of RC Parallel Networks
The voltages of RC parallel networks (V1 and V2) representing transient feedback of the battery cell voltage and were determined by using the following equations:
refers to the voltage reduction from . The amount of was considered as a function of SOC, current, and temperature. Accordingly, a 2-D lookup table was used to demonstrate the amount of . The amount of could be easily determined by employing the following equation:
The voltage of the battery cell was calculated by employing the following equation:
3. Experimental Set-Up
The experimental facilities and systems were comprised of a 13 Ah lithium titanate oxide battery which had capacity and nominal voltage of 13.4 Ah and 2.26 V, respectively. Battery experiments were accomplished by employing a Maccor automated test system and a computer to record the outcomes of the battery cell experiments. During all the experiments, the lithium titanate oxide battery cell was located inside a climatic chamber and its voltage, current, and temperatures were regularly controlled and measured by means of a Maccor battery test station.
3.1. Battery Experiments
Pulse charge and discharge experiments were carried out for parameter identification of the battery cell. A thirty-minute rest period was allowed for the battery cell in each cycle to determine voltage transient response and OCV of the battery cell.
Pulse charge and discharge experiments were conducted for 0.25C, 0.5C, 1C, 2C, and 4C. During the battery experiments, the voltage of the battery cell was kept to lower and upper limits equal to 1.5 and 2.8 V respectively, in order to prevent durable damage to the battery cell. These limitations were suggested by the battery cell manufacturer.
In this investigation, a DC pulse procedure was used for parameterization of the equivalent electrical circuit of the lithium titanate oxide-based battery. The equivalent electrical circuit parameters are variable with temperature, load current, and SOC. In order to consider all of these dependences, a specific current pulse profile was applied to the battery cell. This load profile was used to extract the equivalent electrical circuit model parameters. At each SOC level, five charge and discharge current pulses (i.e., 0.25C, 0.5C, 1C, 2C, and 4C) were applied to the battery. This load profile is illustrated in Figure 6. The SOC was changed from 5%–95% with 5% resolution. This procedure was repeated for all eight investigated temperatures. Lithium titanate oxide battery cell voltage responses owing to charging and discharging current pulse for different temperatures are illustrated in Figure 7, Figure 8 and Figure 9.
3.2. Model Validation
The equivalent electrical circuit model was able to model the transient response of the battery cell based on different types of current excitation. Different equivalent electrical circuit model procedures were employed to model the dynamic response of lithium-ion batteries.
With the intention of validating the suggested model, the simulation results were compared with the corresponding laboratory-measured results. A comparison of the model-estimated and laboratory-measured results for the experiment is shown in Figure 10. The comparison illustrates that the curves are approximately superimposed. This acknowledges that the model was precise in different charging and discharging situations.
In this investigation, a battery model for a 13 Ah lithium titanate oxide battery cell was developed. Several experiments were carried out on the battery cell with the intention of determining the parameters of the model. In addition, the parameters could be determined by using other methods, which will be investigated in future research. Notwithstanding, it is not included in the scope of this investigation. To accomplish model parameterization of the lithium titanate oxide-based battery, the performance parameters of the battery need to be determined. This model was capable of approximating the battery voltage for an extensive range of operating situations. The internal resistance, open circuit voltage, and capacity of the battery cell were measured at several SOCs, temperatures, and load currents. The battery cell model should be able to accurately predict the voltage behavior of the battery for both very large and very small currents. Experimental results were compared to those from the simulation. The precision of the parameterized and suggested model for the investigated lithium titanate oxide battery cell was evaluated by accomplishing several verification experiments.
S.S.M. proposed the idea of the paper; S.S.M. wrote the paper; E.S. provided suggestions on the content and structure of the paper; S.K.K. and E.S. has been reviewing the draft manuscripts.
This research received no external funding.
Conflicts of Interest
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
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Figure 1. Suggested structure of the model for the lithium titanate oxide battery. OCV: open circuit voltage.
Figure 2. OCV and SOC characteristic at 30 °C.
Figure 3. Voltage variations for a discharging pulse and voltage one second after current pulse.
Figure 4. Voltage variations for a discharging pulse and voltage ten seconds after a current pulse.
Figure 5. Voltage variations for a discharging pulse and voltage 18 s after a current pulse.
Figure 6. Charging and discharging current pulse profiles.
Figure 7. Battery cell voltage response owing to charging and discharging current pulse for 5 °C and 10 °C.
Figure 8. Battery cell voltage response owing to charging and discharging current pulse for 20 °C and 30 °C.
Figure 9. Battery cell voltage response owing to charging and discharging current pulse for 40 °C and 50 °C.
Figure 10. Comparison between experiment and simulation outcomes.
Table 1. Open circuit voltage test method for the battery cell. SOC: state of charge.
|1||Tempering of the battery at 30 °C|
|2||Full charging of the battery to 100% SOC with 0.25C current rate|
|3||Rest period: 15 min.|
|4||Full discharging of the battery following CC–CV procedure, with 0.25C current rate|
|5||Rest period: 15 min.|
|6||Full charging of the battery with 0.25C current rate|
|7||Discharging the battery with 0.25C current rate to 95% SOC|
|8||Rest period: 180 min.|
|9||Discharging the battery with 0.25C current rate to 90% SOC|
|10||Rest period: 180 min.|
|11||Discharging the battery with 0.25C current rate to 85% SOC|
|12||Rest period: 180 min.|
|13||Discharging the battery with 0.25C current rate to 80% SOC|
|14||Rest period: 180 min.|
|15||Discharging the battery with 0.25C current rate to 75% SOC|
|16||Rest period: 180 min.|
|17||Discharging the battery with 0.25C current rate to 70% SOC|
|18||Rest period: 180 min.|
|19||Discharging the battery with 0.25C current rate to 65% SOC|
|20||Rest period: 180 min.|
|21||Discharging the battery with 0.25C current rate to 60% SOC|
|22||Rest period: 180 min.|
|23||Discharging the battery with 0.25C current rate to 55% SOC|
|24||Rest period: 180 min.|
|25||Discharging the battery with 0.25C current rate to 50% SOC|
|26||Rest period: 180 min.|
|27||Discharging the battery with 0.25C current rate to 45% SOC|
|28||Rest period: 180 min.|
|29||Discharging the battery with 0.25C current rate to 40% SOC|
|30||Rest period: 180 min.|
|31||Discharging the battery with 0.25C current rate to 35% SOC|
|32||Rest period: 180 min.|
|33||Discharging the battery with 0.25C current rate to 30% SOC|
|34||Rest period: 180 min.|
|35||Discharging the battery with 0.25C current rate to 25% SOC|
|36||Rest period: 180 min.|
|37||Discharging the battery with 0.25C current rate to 20% SOC|
|38||Rest period: 180 min.|
|39||Discharging the battery with 0.25C current rate to 15% SOC|
|40||Rest period: 180 min.|
|41||Discharging the battery with 0.25C current rate to 10% SOC|
|42||Rest period: 180 min.|
|43||Discharging the battery with 0.25C current rate to 5% SOC|
|44||Rest period: 180 min.|
Table 2. 2-D lookup table for determination of OCV.
Table 3. 2-D lookup table for determination of ohmic resistance ().
Table 4. 2-D lookup table for the determination of R1.
Table 5. 2-D lookup table for determination of R2.
Table 6. 2-D lookup table for the determination of C1.
Table 7. 2-D lookup table for the determination of C2.
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