CD-adapco has completed its development project targeted towards the automotive and lithium ion battery industries, enabling faster design and development of advanced electric drive vehicle power systems. The project began in August 2011, and is part of the Computer Aided Engineering of Electric Drive Batteries (CAEBAT) project from the Department of Energy.
The methods developed in the program are now available in STAR-CCM+ and in the Battery Design Studio application tool. According to the company, these solutions provide seamless integration between thermal and electrochemical simulations into one environment for highly accurate solutions. The models also span multiple computational domains from systems models to complex 3D models.
“Continued progress developing and linking physics based models of batteries allows developers and designers to better understand the internal behavior of batteries in electric drive vehicles and explore new designs in a virtual environment, reducing the number of prototypes and tests required by a traditional build-break design cycle. The outcome of this project is expected to enable scientists and engineers to further improve the performance, cost, and lifetime of advanced lithium ion batteries in support of the DOE’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge,” said Ahmad Pesaran, energy storage group manager at NREL’s Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.