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Title: Extending Battery Life via Load SExtending Battery Life via Load Sharing in Electric Aircraft
Electric Aircraft have the potential to revolutionize short-distance air travel with lower operating costs and simplified maintenance. However, due to the long lead-time associated with procuring batteries and the maintenance challenges of replacing and repairing batteries in electric aircraft, there are still unanswered questions related to the true long-term operating costs of electric aircraft. This research examines using a load-sharing system in electric aircraft to optimally tune battery degradation in a multi-battery system such that the battery life of a single battery is extended. The active optimization of energy drawn from multiple battery packs means that each battery pack reaches its optimal replacement point at the same time; thereby simplifying the maintenance procedure and reducing cost. This work uses lithium iron phosphate batteries experimentally characterized and simulated in OpenModelica for a flight load profile. Adaptive agents control the load on the battery according to factors such as state of charge, and state of health, to respond to potential faults. The findings in this work show the potential for adaptive agents to selectively draw more power from a healthy battery to extend the lifespan of a degraded battery such that the remaining useful life of both batteries reaches zero at the same time. Simulations show that dual battery replacement can be facilitated using the proposed method when the in-service battery has a remaining useful life of greater than 0.5; assuming that the replacement battery it is paired with has a remaining useful life of 1.0. Limitations of the proposed method are discussed within this work.  more » « less
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