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Effective Thermal Conductivity of Lithium Ion Battery Electrodes Employing Fully Resolved Simulations for Use in Volume Averaged Models

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Ajay Vadakkepatt, Bradley L. Trembacki, Sanjay R. Mathur, Jayathi Y. Murthy

The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

Paper No. HT2013-17577, pp. V003T21A016; 13 pages
  • ASME 2013 Heat Transfer Summer Conference collocated with the ASME 2013 7th International Conference on Energy Sustainability and the ASME 2013 11th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Volume 3: Gas Turbine Heat Transfer; Transport Phenomena in Materials Processing and Manufacturing; Heat Transfer in Electronic Equipment; Symposium in Honor of Professor Richard Goldstein; Symposium in Honor of Prof. Spalding; Symposium in Honor of Prof. Arthur E. Bergles
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, July 14–19, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5549-2
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Simulations of lithium ion batteries on a cell level are usually performed with volume averaging methods that employ effective transport properties. Bruggeman’s model, which is widely used to determine these effective properties, is solely based on the volume fraction of these porous electrodes. However, other factors like the topology and microstructure of electrodes also play a crucial role in determining effective properties. In this paper, a general derivation of the effective thermal conductivity of multiphase materials, which can be correlated with these factors, is derived using the volume averaging technique. For demonstration, three-dimensional microstructures of various porous materials are reconstructed from scanned images. These images are used to generate fully-resolved finite volume meshes representing the various constituents. The resulting mesh is then employed for numerical analysis of thermal transport, results from which are used for correlating the effective thermal conductivity with various parameters describing the microstructure. It is shown that commonly used power law exponents in the Bruggeman model for effective thermal conductivity must be recalibrated to fit the effective thermal conductivity computed from these detailed simulations.

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