Date

6-2014

Degree Name

BS in Electrical Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering Department

Advisor

Vladimir Prodanov

Abstract

This open-ended research project, co-advised by Dr. Prodanov and Dr. Dolan, studies electronic and battery failures at low temperatures (between -70 ºC to 0 ºC). The main battery technology used for this project is Lithium-ion. The research project consists of two systems: the monitoring system and the actuating system. This project accomplishes the first part and assesses the feasibility of measuring the internal impedances of batteries for low-Earth-orbit (LEO) satellites as a means to monitor battery health. It also monitors the effects caused by low temperature conditions through internal impedance measurements from 0 ºC through -70 °C. It includes designing a compact system prototype having dimensions smaller than 16” x 11” x 11.75” and a total weight less than 10% of the battery weight.

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