Genetic optimization and experimental validation of a test cycle that maximizes parameter identifiability for a Li-ion equivalent-circuit battery model

Michael J. Rothenberger, Donald J. Docimo, Mohammad Ghanaatpishe, Hosam K. Fathy

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This article presents an experimental study demonstrating the degree to which optimal experimental design can improve lithium-ion battery parameter estimation. The article is motivated by previous literature showing that lithium-ion batteries suffer from poor parameter identifiability. This makes it difficult to estimate battery parameters quickly and accurately from input-output cycling data. Previous research shows that optimizing the shape of a battery cycle for Fisher information - an identifiability metric - can improve parameter estimation speed and accuracy significantly. However, most studies demonstrating this improvement are simulation-based, rather than experimental. In contrast, the centermost goal in this article is to provide an experimental assessment of the degree to which trajectory optimization for Fisher identifiability can improve lithium-ion battery parameter estimation. We optimize battery cycling to maximize Fisher information for a nonlinear second-order model of a commercial lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cell. We implement this optimal cycle experimentally for 3 different battery cells, and compare it with two benchmark cycles representing automotive battery use. The results of this comparison are quite compelling: when parameterized using data from the optimal cycle, the cell voltage prediction signal-to-noise ratio improves significantly over the benchmarks. Moreover, only the optimized cycle produces reasonable estimates of battery parameters over the course of a 4-hour experiment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-166
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Energy Storage
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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