Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Energy Storage Devices and Systems

ME 51201 / 3 Cr. (3 Class)

Fundamental principles of battery science and engineering(battery reactions, charge and mass transport in batteries, battery safety, battery management, and materials development in the batteries, battery system designs and integrations), current state-ofthe-art battery technology and the current technical challenges on the development of batteries, codes and standards for safe handling of batteries.


Linden's Handbook of Batteries, Thomas Reddy, 4th Edition. ISBN-10: 007162421X


To teach students a basic understanding of the principle of batteries and to provide the opportunity to apply these laws to real battery applications.


After completion of this course, the students should be able to:

  1. Identify the electrodes, electrolytes, temperature range and operation of different types of batteries. [a].
  2. Analyze the efficiency and open circuit voltages of a battery and a capacitor/supercapacitor [a].
  3. Identify the battery over-potential: activation, ohmic, and concentration losses and apply the Nernst/Butler Vollmer equation [a].
  4. Apply battery equations to compute the energy and power outputs, and heat generated in a battery cell [a].
  5. Analyze cooling problems as applied to battery systems [a].
  6. Demonstrate the systematic approach in design energy storage system including retention, cooling, and management [a, c].
  7. Develop an in-depth understanding of safety and regulatory issues regarding transportation, storage and onboard transportation of battery devices in passenger vehicles and mass transportation systems. [h]

Note: The letters within the brackets indicate the general program outcomes of mechanical engineering. See: ME Program Outcomes.

  1. Battery principles
    1. Introduction battery—battery types, basic principles
    2. Electrochemical reaction thermodynamics
    3. Battery reaction kinetics
    4. Charge transfer in batteries
    5. Mass transport in batteries
    6. Battery modeling
    7. Battery characterization
  2. Battery engineering
    1. Overview of battery types
    2. Lead acid battery systems
    3. Nickel-Cadmium battery systems
    4. Zinc battery systems
    5. Ni-MH battery systems
    6. Li-metal battery systems
    7. Li-Ion battery systems
    8. Li-polymer battery systems
    9. Battery safety
  3. Special topics
    1. Capacitor and super capacitor
    2. Fuel cells and fuel cell application for electric vehicles
    3. Energy storage systems for electric vehicles(design criteria, retention, cooling and management)
    4. Battery management system

Energy Storage, Robert A. Huggins, 1st Edition. ISBN-10: 1441910239

Batteries for Electric Vehicles, D.A.J. Rand, 1st Edition. ISBN-10: 0863802052

Electric Vehicle Technology Explained, James Larminie / John Lowry, 1st Edition.  ISBN-10: 0470851635