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Module Title LM Battery Materials
SchoolMetallurgy and Materials
Department Metallurgy & Materials
Module Code 04 35317
Module Lead Professor Emma Kendrick
Level Masters Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-15 hours
Guided independent study-85 hours
Total: 100 hours
Description This module will introduce the operating principles of electrochemical cells, and then go on to describe the various developments in materials science that have led to the production of a range of electrochemical battery systems.

An overview will be given of the materials chemistries and technologies for primary and secondary batteries, e.g. lead acid, lithium ion, sodium ion, etc. Advanced techniques that allow the measurement and characterisation of a range of battery component and system properties will be described. The most important of the battery component and system properties will be described and discussed, e.g. energy density (volumetric and gravimetric), charge / discharge rates, cycle life, etc.

Manufacturing routes for battery components and systems will be described, including current and emerging options (and opportunities) for battery re-use and recycling. Battery system operation and management will be discussed; including a review of current and emerging battery applications, e.g. portable electronics, automotive, and grid-scale energy storage.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Explain and discuss the principles of an electrochemical cell
  • Describe the operation and construction of several different families of battery chemistry, based on varying materials components.
  • Explain the manufacturing options for battery systems, including options for battery material re-use and recycling.
  • Explain how the most important battery properties can be measured, and then be able to explain the significance of measurement results in relation to various electrochemical energy storage
  • Have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of scientific principles and methodology necessary to underpin their education in their engineering discipline, and an understanding and know-how of the scientific principles of related disciplines, to enable appreciation of the scientific and engineering context, and to support their understanding of relevant historical, current and future developments and technologies. (SM1)
  • Have knowledge and understanding of mathematical and statistical methods necessary to underpin their education in their engineering discipline and to enable them to apply a range of mathematical and statistical methods, tools and notations proficiently and critically in the analysis and solution of engineering problems. (SM2)
  • Be understanding of concepts from a range of areas, including some outside engineering, and the ability to evaluate them critically and to apply them effectively in engineering projects. (SM6)
  • Use fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies. (EA5)
  • Have knowledge and understanding of the commercial, economic and social context of engineering processes. (ELSE2)
  • Be understanding of the requirement for engineering activities to promote sustainable development and ability to apply quantitative techniques where appropriate. (ELSE4)
  • Have knowledge of characteristics of particular equipment, processes, or products, with extensive knowledge and understanding of a wide range of engineering materials and components. (EP2)
  • Apply engineering techniques taking account of a range of commercial and industrial constraints. (EP10)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment
2hr written examination (100%)

2hr written examination (100%)
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