P18262: Battery Health Management System


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Project Summary Project Information

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The RIT Electric Vehicle Team (EVT) designs and races performance electric vehicles to demonstrate the viability of electric drivetrains. We plan to begin working on an entirely new electric motorcycle, referred to as REV 2, beginning in the fall of 2017. One of the major challenges presented by this design is a substantially increased battery voltage over our existing drivetrain. The current battery management system is insufficient, in terms of measurement capabilities and dimensions, to satisfy the needs of this new motorcycle. Our goal is to design a new battery management system that is capable of an increased cell measurement count, while decreasing the overall footprint of the design.

A battery management system (BMS) is a crucial component in the design of an electric vehicle drivetrain. The safe charging and discharging of a lithium ion cell is only possible within a specific voltage range. Large lithium ion battery packs might have substantially different thermal characteristics at various locations in the pack, resulting in slightly different discharge rates between cells. The primary purpose of the battery management system is to ensure that the individual cell voltages throughout the pack remain close enough to one another such that no single cell is outside of its nominal voltage range. Secondary to that, a BMS is also capable of providing valuable information detailing the cell temperatures, overall state of charge, and alerting the drivetrain to any critically unsafe conditions.

Project Name
Battery Management System 4.0
Project Number
Start Term
2171, Fall 2017
End Term
2175, Spring 2018
Faculty Guide
Harold Paschal, hapddm@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Alex Young, aty8546@rit.edu

Team Members

Left to Right: Ben Stewart, Murali Prasad, Greg Malanga, Steve Titus, Jake Allison, Will McCaffrey

Left to Right: Ben Stewart, Murali Prasad, Greg Malanga, Steve Titus, Jake Allison, Will McCaffrey

Member Role Contact
Ben Stewart Technical Lead bps2764@rit.edu
Greg Malanga Team Member gam2498@rit.edu
Murali Prasad Facilitator mkp7747@rit.edu
Will McCaffrey Purchasing wxm9191@rit.edu
Steve Titus Project Manager smt9814@rit.edu
Jake Allison Team Member jaa1013@rit.edu

Work Breakdown: By Phase


Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Gate Reviews

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)

Work Breakdown: By Topic

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Project Management Design Tools Design Documentation Implementation Presentation & Dissemination


Customer Requirements


Risk Management


Functional Decomposition

Morphological Chart

Pugh Concept Selection

Test Plans

Bill of Materials

Electrical Schematics


Master Test Plans

Slave Test Plans

State of Charge Test Plans


Technical Paper


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Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments

Altium Designer

Altium Designer

Linear Technology

Linear Technology