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Capacity Fade of a Lithium-Ion Battery

Application ID: 12667

Side reactions and degradation processes may lead to a number of undesirable effects, causing capacity loss in lithium-ion batteries. Typically, aging occurs due to multiple complex phenomena and reactions that occur simultaneously at different places in the battery, and the degradation rate varies between certain stages during a load cycle, depending on potential, local concentration, temperature, and the direction of the current. Different cell materials age differently, and the combination of different materials may result in further accelerated aging due to, for instance, “crosstalk” electrode materials.

This tutorial demonstrates how to model aging in the negative graphite electrode in a lithium-ion battery, where a parasitic solid-electrolyte-interface (SEI) forming reaction results in an irreversible loss of cycleable lithium. The model also includes the effect of increasing potential losses due to the resistance of the growing SEI film on the electrode particles, as well as the effect of a reduced electrolyte volume fraction on the electrolyte charge transport.

This model is included as an example in the following products:

Batteries & Fuel Cells Module

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