Temperature control to reduce capacity mismatch in parallel-connected lithium ion cells

Mayank Garg, Tanvir R. Tanim, Christopher D. Rahn, Hanna Bryngelsson, Niklas Legnedahl

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The temperature and capacity of individual cells affect the current distribution in a battery pack. Non uniform current distribution among parallel-connected cells can lead to capacity imbalance and premature aging. This paper develops models that calculate the current in parallel-connected cells and predict their capacity fade. The model is validated experimentally for a nonuniform battery pack at different temperatures. The paper also proposes and validates the hypothesis that temperature control can reduce capacity mismatch in parallel-connected cells. Three Lithium Iron Phosphate cells, two cells at higher initial capacity than the third cell, are connected in parallel. The pack is cycled for 1500 Hybrid Electric Vehicles cycles with the higher capacity cells regulated at 40C and the lower capacity cell at 20C. As predicted by the model, the higher capacity and temperature cells age faster, reducing the capacity mismatch by 48% over the 1500 cycles. A case study shows that cooling of low capacity cells can reduce capacity mismatch and extend pack life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvanced Driver Assistance and Autonomous Technologies; Advances in Control Design Methods; Advances in Robotics; Automotive Systems; Design, Modeling, Analysis, and Control of Assistive and Rehabilitation Devices; Diagnostics and Detection; Dynamics and Control of Human-Robot Systems; Energy Optimization for Intelligent Vehicle Systems; Estimation and Identification; Manufacturing
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791859148
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
EventASME 2019 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2019 - Park City, United States
Duration: Oct 8 2019Oct 11 2019

Publication series

NameASME 2019 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2019


ConferenceASME 2019 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPark City

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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