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State-of-the-art Battery Research, Charging Infrastructure and Automotive Health Monitoring (AHM) laboratories have been recently inaugurated at the Centre for Automotive Research and Tribology (CART), IIT Delhi.
CART is a new center established at IIT Delhi in May 2019 to focus on electric vehicle technologies.
The Centre is engaged in conducting high-end research and development in the areas of battery-operated electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, storage and alternate energy sources, autonomous and connected vehicles.
Prof V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi inaugurated the laboratories in the presence of Prof A.K. Ganguli, Deputy Director, (Strategy & Planning); Prof B.K. Panigrahi, Head, CART, and other senior functionaries of the Institute.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof V. Ramgopal Rao said, “CART at IIT Delhi has collaborated with various automotive industries in the country and working to solve technological challenges faced by them. These laboratories will take the ongoing research work at CART to a new level and many cutting-edge technologies will reach the industry from here.”
The Battery Research laboratory is equipped with advanced equipment for battery testing at the cell, module, and pack levels. Apart from the batteries, testing on Battery Management System (BMS) in master-slave configuration is carried out to check any faulty cell condition, by integrating cloud BMS and Digital Twin.
The AHM laboratory is equipped with high-end equipment for condition monitoring and automotive Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) testing. The team uses different diagnostic techniques such as vibration analysis, current monitoring, noise monitoring, infrared thermography, acoustic emission, etc. for fault detection using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).
“Moreover, the team also works on sound quality improvement, automotive noise source identification, mitigation, and isolation by developing acoustical materials from natural resources, bio-waste, and recycled materials”, Prof B.K. Panigrahi, Head, CART said.
The Charging Infrastructure laboratory is equipped with Battery Test System, Regenerative AC Emulator, and the Charging Discovery System (CDS).
Prof Panigrahi added, “The CDS is used as a universal charging infrastructure, which enables to test Electric Vehicles (EVs), and Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE). The comprehensive charging infrastructure laboratory provides the extensive testing capability of entire charging functions of electric vehicles and chargers.”