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Modelling Li+ Ion Battery Electrode Properties

Anderson, D. M. and Bohun, C. S. and Breward, C. and Fehribach, J. D. and Melara, L. and Please, C.P. and Richardson, G. and Vernescu, B. and Arroyo, A. and Bellsky, T. and Bui Boi, A. M. and Chi, H. and Cipcigan, I. and Franklin, M. and Nguyen, L. and Siddique, J. and Swaminathan, S. and Trichtchenko, O. and Wang, Y. and Zhang, C. (2008) Modelling Li+ Ion Battery Electrode Properties. [Study Group Report]

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Abstract

We formulated two detailed models for an electrolytic cell with particulate electrodes based on a lithium atom concentration dependent Butler-Volmer condition at the interface between electrode particles and the electrolyte. The first was based on a dilute-ion assumption for the electrolyte, while the second assumed that Li ions are present in excess.

For the first, we used the method of multiple scales to homogenize this model over the microstructure, formed by the small lithium particles in the electrodes.
For the second, we gave rigorous bounds for the effective electrochemical conductivity for a linearized case.
We expect similar results and bounds for the "full nonlinear problem" because variational results are generally not adversely affected by a sinh term.

Finally we used the asymptotic methods, based on parameters estimated from the literature, to attain a greatly simplified one-dimensional version of the original homogenized model. This simplified model accounts for the fact that diffusion of lithium atoms within individual electrode particles is relatively much faster than that of lithium ions across the whole cell so that lithium ion diffusion is what limits the performance of the battery. However, since most of the potential drop occurs across the Debye layers surrounding each electrode particle, lithium ion diffusion only significantly affects cell performance if there is more or less complete depletion of lithium ions in some region of the electrolyte which causes a break in the current flowing across the cell. This causes catastrophic failure. Providing such failure does not occur the potential drop across the cell is determined by the concentration of lithium atoms in the electrode particles. Within each electrode lithium atom concentration is, to leading order, a function of time only and not of position within the electrode. The depletion of electrode lithium atom concentration is directly proportional to the current being drawn off the cell. This leads one to expect that the potential of the cell gradually drops as current is drawn of it.

We would like to emphasize that all the homogenization methods employed in this work give a systematic approach for investigating the effect that changes in the microstructure have on the behaviour of the battery. However, due to lack of time, we have not used this method to investigate particular particle geometries.

Item Type:Study Group Report
Problem Sectors:Energy and utilities
Materials
Study Groups:US Workshop on Mathematical Problems in Industry > 24th MPI [Worcester 16/6/2008 - 20/6/2008]
Company Name:TIAX, LLC.
ID Code:274
Deposited By:Dr Kamel Bentahar
Deposited On:25 Jan 2010 17:06
Last Modified:25 Jan 2010 17:06

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