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Projects at Pulsed Power and Energy Lab </br></br>


Research as Primary Principal Investigator
PI on a Young Investigator Award sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) entitled "Investigation of Aging Phenomena in Electrochemical Storage Devices when Cycled at Elevated Rates" (June 2011 - March 2016). This work`s aim is to understand how electrochemical energy storage devices age when they are cycled at elevated charge and discharge rates as they are to be operated in future ONR pulsed power loads. A test stand capable of pulse charging and discharging electrochemical cells has been developed and constructed and large format lithium-ion batteries, electric double layer capacitors, and lithium-ion capacitors are being evaluated.

PI on an award sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) entitled "Influence of High Pulsed and Continuous Magnetic Fields on the Corrosion and Microstructure of Metallic Conductors" (February 2013 - February 2017). This work`s aim is to fundamentally understand the impact high pulsed and continuous magnetic fields have on the rate of corrosion development on metallic conductors and alloys.

PI on an award sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) entitled "Evaluation and Characterization of Energy Storage Modules at High Rate for Naval Pulsed Power Applications" (May 2014 - March 2016). This work`s aim is to evaluate the ability of large format lithium-ion, lead acid, and bi-polar nickel metal hydride modules assembled as 60 VDC batteries to supply 800 ADC high rate pulsed currents for ONR pulsed power loads.

PI on a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) sub-contract award from ThermAvant Technologies, LLC. entitled, "Cylindrical Energy Storage Cooling." The SBIR is sponsored by the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense. (April 2015 - March 2017). Dr. Ankur Jain of the UTA MAE Department is a Co-PI on this effort. This work`s aim is to develop and evaluate new cold plate technologies for the safe operation of cylindrical lithium-ion electrochemical energy storage devices at high rates.

PI on an award sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) entitled "Evaluation of Intra-Module Isolation Devices for High Voltage Energy Storage Arrays" (June 2014 - September 2015). This work`s aim is to develop and evaluate control strategies that will isolate low voltage battery modules which are connected in a series/parallel configuration within a high voltage battery.

PI on an award sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) entitled "Intra-Module Isolation Devices for High Voltage Energy Storage - Part II and Further Energy Storage Analysis` (April 2015 - September 2016). This work`s aim is to develop and evaluate control strategies that will isolate low voltage battery modules which are connected in a series/parallel configuration within a high voltage battery.

PI on an award sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) entitled, "Evaluation and Characterization of the Thermal Properties of Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices through Analytical and Experimental Methods" (July 2014 - September 2015). Dr. Ankur Jain of the UTA MAE Department is a Co-PI on this effort. This work`s aim is to fundamentally characterize and understand the thermal properties of cylindrical electrochemical energy storage devices of various chemistries, age, and state of charge (SOC).

PI on a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) award sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) entitled "Multiscale Thermal Characterization and Evaluation of Electrochemical Energy Storage Materials, Cells and Modules at Nominal and High C Rates" (July 2014 - November 2015). This work`s aim was to procure, setup, and utilize equipment capable of evaluating the thermal properties of battery materials, cells, modules when cycled at high current rates.

PI on an award sponsored by Excet Inc. entitled "Understanding of Corrosion Formation in High Pulsed Current Systems" (May 2015 - September 2016). This work`s aim is to fundamentally understand the impact high pulsed and continuous magnetic fields have on the rate of corrosion development on metallic conductors and alloys.

PI on an award sponsored by Raytheon entitled "Characterization of Lithium-Ion Batteries at High Rate for Directed Energy Applications` (June 2015 - January 2016). This work`s aim is to size and evaluate lithium-ion batteries for use in mobile directed energy platforms.

PI on an award sponsored by the US Air Force Research Laboratories (AFRL) Directed Energy Directorate of Kirtland Air Force Base entitled "Energy Storage Devices as Prime Power Supplies for Low Energy, High Voltage Marx Generators" (July 2015 - September 2016). This work`s aim is to evaluate the use of lithium-ion batteries and PEM fuel cells for use as the prime power system of high voltage Marx generators.

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PI on a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) sub-contract award from Texas Research Institute entitled "Hybrid Electric Gun Feasibility Study." The SBIR is sponsored by the US Army (June 2011 - November 2011). This work`s aim was to develop a model of an electro-thermal-chemical (ETC) launcher designed, fabricated, and evaluated by TRI Austin.

PI on a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) award sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) entitled "Fundamental Understanding of the Aging Phenomena of Electrochemical Storage Devices when they are Cycled at Extreme Elevated Rates` (June 2012 - May 2013). This work`s aim was to procure, setup, and utilize a high current, multiple channel electrochemical cell cycler.

PI on an award sponsored by CoServ Electric entitled "Effects of Unbalanced Voltage on the Operation Performance of Three-Phase Submersible Pumps" (October 2012 - May 2013). Dr. Wei-Jen Lee of UTA EE Department was a Co-PI on this effort. This work`s aim was to understand the cause of a repeated three phase imbalance on a submersible pump system operated on the CoServ power grid.

PI on an award sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) entitled "Fundamental Understanding of the Impact High Pulsed Power Loading has on a MicroGrid`s DC or AC Bus." (March 2012 - February 2014). This work`s aim was to understand the impact high rate pulsed loading has on the operational performance and power quality of a MicroGrid.

PI on a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) sub-contract award from ThermAvant Technologies, LLC. entitled, "Cylindrical Energy Storage Cooling." The SBIR is sponsored by the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense. (June 2013 - December 2013). Dr. Ankur Jain of the UTA MAE Department is a Co-PI on this effort. This work`s aim was to develop and evaluate new cold plate technologies for the safe operation of cylindrical lithium-ion electrochemical energy storage devices at high rates.

PI on a Phase 2 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) sub-contract award from Texas Research Institute entitled "Hybrid Electric Gun Feasibility Study." The SBIR is sponsored by the US Army (June 2012 - May 2014). This work`s aim was to develop a model of an electro-thermal-chemical (ETC) launcher designed, fabricated, and evaluated by TRI Austin.

PI on an award sponsored by CoServ Electric entitled "Evaluation of a Smart Meter`s RF Communication System on Nearby Electronics" (June 2013 - May 2014). This work`s aim was to understand how and why the RF communications within Smart Meter`s cause interference in nearby electronic devices, in particular on GFCI electrical outlets.

PI on an award sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) entitled, "Thermal Characterization of Cylindrical Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices through Analytical and Experimental Methods" (July 2013 - August 2014). Dr. Ankur Jain of the UTA MAE Department is a Co-PI on this effort. This work`s aim is to fundamentally characterize and understand the thermal properties of cylindrical electrochemical energy storage devices of various chemistries, age, and state of charge (SOC).

PI on an award sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) entitled "High Power Energy Storage Characterization and Integration into a Hybrid Energy Storage Module (HESM)" (March 2014 - March 2015). This work`s aim is to evaluate the functionality and shortcomings of a Hybrid Energy Storage Module (HESM) when it is developed using commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components.

PI on an award sponsored by McKean Defense Group entitled "Development and Delivery of a High Rate Hybrid Energy Storage Module (HESM)" (September 2014 - April 2015). This work`s aim is to design, construct, and validate a high power hybrid energy storage module (HESM) to be delivered to McKean Defense Group for use by DoD Contractors in the evaluation HESM technologies for the US Navy.

PI on an award sponsored by the US Navy`s Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) - Carderock Division entitled "Development and Delivery of a High Rate Hybrid Energy Storage Module (HESM)" (November 2014 - March 2015). This work`s aim is to design, construct, and validate a high power hybrid energy storage module (HESM) to be delivered to NSWC for use by the Navy in characterizing energy storage devices for operation in a HESM power architecture.

Research as Co-Principal Investigator
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Co-PI on an award sponsored by CoServ Electric entitled "Evaluation of Switching Surges Associated With Smart Meters" (May 2011 - August 2011). Dr. Wei-Jen Lee of UTA EE Department was the PI on this effort. This work`s aimed was to understand how different types of commercial electrical metering devices, including mechanical, solid state, and `smart` meters, behave when they are subjected to transient surge events.

Co-PI on a Congressional Earmark award overseen by National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and the Department of Energy (DoE) entitled `Development of a MicroGrid Testbed` (April 2010 - May 2013). Dr. Wei-Jen Lee of UTA EE Department was the PI on this effort. This work`s aim was to install a MicroGrid testbed on the UTA campus which has wind turbines, solar panels, a fuel cell, battery backup energy storage, and a connection to the legacy grid. The testbed was to be and has been used since to develop new MicroGrid architectures and control algorithms.

Co-PI on an award sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation entitled "Basic and Applied Research, Technical Services for Energy and Power Management" (November 2010 - December 2013). Dr. Wei-Jen Lee of UTA EE Department was the PI on this effort. This work`s aim was to provide technical advice to Lockheed Martin on the MicroGrid research they are performing for the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center.