A multifunctional battery module design for electric vehicle

Meng WANG , Liangliang ZHU, Anh V. LE, Daniel J. NOELLE, Yang SHI, Ying ZHONG, Feng HAO, Xi CHEN, Yu QIAO*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)peer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)


Reducing the overall vehicle weight is an efficient, system-level approach to increase the drive range of electric vehicle, for which structural parts in auto-frame may be replaced by battery modules. Such battery modules must be structurally functional, e.g., energy absorbing, while the battery cells are not necessarily loading–carrying. We designed and tested a butterfly-shaped battery module of prismatic cells, which could self-unfold when subjected to a compressive loading. Angle guides and frictionless joints were employed to facilitate the large deformation. Desired resistance to external loading was offered by additional energy absorption elements. The battery-module behavior and the battery-cell performance were controlled separately. Numerical simulation verified the experimental results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-222
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Modern Transportation
Issue number4
Early online date6 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) under Grant No. DE-AR0000396, for which we are grateful to Dr. Ping Liu, Dr. John Lemmon, Dr. Grigorii Soloveichik, Dr. Chris Atkinson and Dr. Dawson Cagle.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017, The Author(s).


  • Battery module
  • Electric vehicle
  • Energy absorption
  • Multifunctional


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