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Title: Coupled Mechanical and Electrochemical Phenomena in Lithium-Ion Batteries
Authors: Cannarella, John
Advisors: Arnold, Craig B
Contributors: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department
Subjects: Mechanical engineering
Materials Science
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University
Abstract: Lithium-ion batteries are complex electro-chemo-mechanical systems owing to a number of coupled mechanical and electrochemical phenomena that occur during operation. In this thesis we explore these phenomena in the context of battery degradation, monitoring/diagnostics, and their application to novel energy systems. We begin by establishing the importance of bulk stress in lithium-ion batteries through the presentation of a two-year exploratory aging study which shows that bulk mechanical stress can significantly accelerate capacity fade. We then investigate the origins of this coupling between stress and performance by investigating the effects of stress in idealized systems. Mechanical stress is found to increase internal battery resistance through separator deformation, which we model by considering how deformation affects certain transport properties. When this deformation occurs in a spatially heterogeneous manner, local hot spots form, which accelerate aging and in some cases lead to local lithium plating. Because of the importance of separator deformation with respect to mechanically-coupled aging, we characterize the mechanical properties of battery separators in detail. We also demonstrate that the stress state of a lithium-ion battery cell can be used to measure the cell's state of health (SOH) and state of charge (SOC)--important operating parameters that are traditionally difficult to measure outside of a laboratory setting. The SOH is shown to be related to irreversible expansion that occurs with degradation and the SOC to the reversible strains characteristic of the cell's electrode materials. The expansion characteristics and mechanical properties of the constituent cell materials are characterized, and a phenomenological model for the relationship between stress and SOH/SOC is developed. This work forms the basis for the development of on-board monitoring of SOH/SOC based on mechanical measurements. Finally we study the coupling between mechanical stress and voltage in lithium-ion batteries. While the voltage changes at typical levels of stress are relatively insignificant from the standpoint of battery performance, we show that this piezoelectrochemical phenomenon is well-suited for certain mechanical energy harvesting applications. We demonstrate the working principle for mechanical energy harvesting and explore the potential of this technology.
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Type of Material: Academic dissertations (Ph.D.)
Language: en
Appears in Collections:Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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