Todd and Rohan Joined Our Group!

Todd Thompson and Rohan Rao joined SRSL for their Ph.D. studies. Todd is a Staff Engineer in the John Deere Power Systems group. He will work on his doctoral research at ISU while working at Deere. Prior to joining SRSL, Rohan obtained his Bachelor’s degree from IIT Bombay in India and spent two years working as an Engineer at TEX E.G. Co., Ltd. in Japan. Welcome, Todd and Rohan!

New Funding for Battery Early Life Prediction Research

SRSL has received research funding from the Iowa Energy Center, administrated by the Economic Development Authority (IEDA), for a collaborative project with Alliant Energy, SunCrate Energy, and Iowa Lakes Community College. This project is titled “Predicting Battery Lifetime with Early-Life Data for Grid Applications.” This two-year project ($280K in total) will develop a new software tool that harnesses the power of machine learning to accelerate the evaluation of battery lifetime in grid applications. The ISU Co-PIs are Dr. Anne Kimber (ECpE), Dr. Zhaoyu Wang (ECpE), and Dr. Gül E. Kremer (IMSE).

Dr. Hu Gave Keynote Speech at UQOP 2020

On November 16th, 2020, Dr. Hu gave a keynote speech at the International Conference on Uncertainty Quantification & Optimisation (UQOP 2020) held as a virtual event. The title of his talk is “Engineering Design under Uncertainty and Probabilistic Failure Prognostics – Methods, Progress, and Challenges.” This talk focused on addressing the uncertainty issues in the reliability-based design of an automotive component and the remaining useful life prediction of lithium-ion batteries.

New Funding for Design for Reman Research

SRSL is part of two R&D projects, funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) through the REMADE Institute, to study and advance design for sustainability (REMADE  Announcement). One project is titled “Quantification of Financial and Environmental Benefits Tradeoffs in Multi-Generational Product Family Development Considering Re-X Performances,” led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; the other project is titled “Design Iteration Tool to Sustain Remanufacturability,” led by Iowa State University. Both projects are two years in duration and represent efforts to support and facilitate university-industry collaboration.

New Funding for Battery Prognostics Research

SRSL has received research funding from the National Science Foundation for a new project on battery prognostics. This project is titled “Physics-Based Probabilistic Prognostics for Battery Health Management.” This three-year project ($385K in total) will be carried out through collaboration with Dr. Shan Hu (ISU ME) and Dr. Simon Laflamme (ISU CCEE).

Opposites attract: Cyclone engineers team up to improve battery reliability and safety