Battery systems engineering

Battery systems engineering

Ricardo has extensive engineering design and development experience in the field of hybrid and electric vehicle battery pack ranging from applying new chemistries and formats, to designing & building prototype packs and supporting our clients through full production programs. Our battery teams utilise the latest tools and techniques to ensure robust design and development and are integrated with our vehicle engineering team to ensure optimal mechanical, structural and thermal design, maximising volumetric and gravimetric density, be it for a power or energy dense application.

Battery design, simulation and development testing

  • Requirement Analysis & Vehicle Simulation
  • Chemistry & Cell Format Selection
  • Cell Characterisation & Life Cycle Modelling
  • CFD Modelling, Thermal Modelling & Thermal System Design
  • Mechanical Design & Integration
  • Electrical Design  - Electronics (BMS), Contactors, Fusing and Creepage and Clearances
  • Functional Safety
  • Crash Simulation
  • FMEA & Design Validation planning
  • Testing in house or working with partners Ricardo are familiar with global test and development requirements for validating global battery pack

Battery management system

The 3rd generation of Ricardo’s Universal BMS has been developed to allow rapid prototyping of new automotive battery packs with focus on systems requiring certification to ISO 26262. Without hardware changes it can be software configured for different cell chemistries, cell and module configurations. Key features include:

  • Supports 12V-1000V & compatible with 12V & 24V systems
  • Supports four CAN interfaces including CAN-FD
  • Adaptable battery SoC estimation strategies
  • High charge/discharge rate capable (15C/30C)
  • High performance 32-bit processing cores allowing execution of advanced algorithms
  • Robust, Reliable Automotive grade hardware suitable for serial production projects
  • Adaptable to wide range of chemistry, pack design and storage medium
  • -40°C to +85°C operating range 

Key benefits of the Ricardo service

Our team utilizes their expertise and the latest tools and efficient processes to reliably engineer battery systems, ensuring:

  • Independent cell selection to meet cost and performance requirements
  • Optimized electrical, thermal and mechanical design
  • Energy e¬fficiency, using Ricardo’s Battery Management System
  • Robust supplier selection and supply chain management
  • Quality and safety standard compliance (ISO 26262)
  • A validated product for reliability and longevity of life
  • Efficient, cost-effective niche manufacture

Our whole-vehicle hybrid and electrification design and development experience gives us the contextual insight we need to develop optimum vehicle battery solutions.