Author(s) Information

Alvin Joseph HaFollow

College

College of Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree Name

BS in Electrical Engineering

Date

6-2018

Advisor

Dr. William Ahlgren

Abstract/Summary

This senior project aims to replace the current battery management system (BMS) on Cal Poly’s Formula SAE electric vehicle with a more versatile, advanced, and reliable system. A BMS manages a rechargeable battery by ensuring the battery device operator’s safety, protecting battery cell integrity, prolonging battery lifetime, maintaining functional design requirements, and sending optimal usage information to the application controller. Passive balancing maximizes a battery pack’s capacity by dissipating excess energy through heat to regulate cell state of charge.

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