BOREas project

ADVANCED THERMAL MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGIES
FOR LITHIUM-ION BATTERY MODULES

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Project Context

Transportation electrification is a priority for governments to reduce GHG emissions in Canada, especially with our unique renewable electricity resources. However, the adoption of electric vehicles is limited by the use of batteries, which carry a high cost, uncertainty of range, risk of thermal runaway and a life span that we are trying to optimize. All of these aspects are affected by the operating temperature of the batteries, so their effective thermal management is critical.

 

Project DescriPtion

This project aims to accelerate the use of advanced thermal management methods based on the phase change of a coolant, in order to mitigate the challenges related to the design of high performance batteries. Two technologies will be developed and demonstrated: immersion and heat pipe cooling. More specifically, the implementation challenges for the immersion approach will be evaluated, including the boiling of a dielectric fluid directly on the cells. Also, fabrication methods for pulsed polymeric heat pipes (PPHP) will be developed and demonstrated. Tests will be conducted in the laboratory and subsequently on recreational vehicles. Models will also be developed to facilitate the implementation of these technologies in a wide range of battery modules for electric vehicles.

industries involved

  • Electrification
  • Manufacturing
  • Industrial
  • Recreational Vehicles

 

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

Pave the way for the deployment of advanced thermal management methods among electric vehicle manufacturers in Canada and elsewhere, thereby supporting the electrification of transportation and a more sustainable society.

 

 

” This project will have a positive impact by supporting the electrification of transportation and contributing to a more sustainable society. ”

TEAM for the projecT

Professor at the Université de Sherbrooke since 2005 and Co-Holder of the CRSNG-Teledyne DALSA Industrial Research Chair in MEMS and Next Generation Microphotonics, Dr. Fréchette’s research interests include sensors and devices, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, micro and nanoelectronics, electrochemical and combustion batteries, multiphase systems, wind and solar energy, and nanomaterials.

Luc Fréchette, Eng, PhD - Research Director

Tenured professor, Université de Sherbrooke

Professor at the Université de Sherbrooke since 2014 and Co-Holder of the CRSNG-IBM Canada Chair on innovative microelectronic chip packaging, Dr. Sylvestre is specialized in MEMS, machine learning, microfabrication, physical/material neuromorphic computing, microsystem cooling, numerical simulation, finite element analysis, physics, computer science, microelectronics, semiconductors, microelectronic packaging, microelectronic reliability.

Julien Sylvestre, Eng. - Co-director of research

Teacher, Université de Sherbrooke

Responsible for electrification projects at the CTA, Mr. Ménard has more than 25 years of experience in product development, including nearly 10 years in electric and hybrid vehicle design. He has developed expertise in battery design and prototyping, battery management systems (BMS), laboratory characterization of cells, modules and complete batteries, as well as the prototyping of entire systems and their integration into test vehicles.

Éric Ménard, Eng, Project Manager

Electrification Project Manager, Centre de technologies avancées - CTA

the partners of this project

YOU ARE PASSIONATE AND INTERESTED IN NEW TECHNOLOGIES …

come and realize your
of higher education with us

Profiles Wanted

You are interested in new technologies in electric vehicles and have completed a bachelor’s degree in electrical, computer, chemical, mechanical or materials engineering?

THIS RESEARCH PROJECT IS TAILOR-MADE FOR YOU!

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Mastership #1 TO #4

Technology implementation and challenges of immersion cooling including safety, reliability and weight/cost optimization.

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Mastership #5

Hermetic coating on polymers used for the manufacture of pulsed heat pipes.

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Mastership #6

Improvement of the thermal conductivity of nano-composite polymers used in the manufacture of pulsed heat pipes.

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Doctorate #1

Experimental thermal study of Li-ion batteries for immersion cooling applications..

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Doctorate #2

Advanced thermal modeling of the Li-ion battery for immersion cooling applications.

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Doctorate #3

Analysis and design of two-phase thermosiphon for the thermal management of electric vehicles.

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Doctorate #4

Analytical modeling, numerical simulation and design of pulsed heat pipes used in the cooling of Li-ion batteries.

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Doctorate #5

Fabrication and characterization of pulsed heat pipes for use in Li-ion battery cooling.

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Any interest in joining this project or questions?

Contact us and we will be happy to offer you the best opportunity according to your profile and career goals.

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