Date of Graduation

Spring 2018

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Mechanical Engineering

Research Sponsor

Siamak Farhad

First Reader

Guo-Xiang Wang

Second Reader



A battery test chamber was designed for temperature-controlled experiments on batteries. The apparatus is a standalone desktop unit capable of testing a battery of maximum size 2.25” x 2.25” x 2”. There are two separate chambers divided by a rotating, 90° door. The chamber halves are used for heating and cooling the battery, respectively. An adjustable mount for the battery allows for variation in sample size and securely holds the battery throughout the experiment. The operator can twist a knob on top of the box to spin the battery between the hot and cold chambers. The hot side is equipped with two PTC heating pads placed directly above and below the battery, which are controlled by a PID temperature control system, allowing precise repeatable trials. One the cold side, a coolant spray can be administered through the top access door to rapidly cool the battery. The battery test chamber was manufactured in the mechanical engineering machine shop. Assembly of the chamber proved to be complex and if constructed again some elements would be simplified further. The overall objective of the senior design project was achieved through the design and manufacturing of a new, small scale, battery test chamber.

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