A Winning Effort Begins with Preparation

A123 Systems Battery Modules

The Mississippi State EcoCAR 2′s mechanical team has been busy working on the design for the high voltage battery box that will house our A123 battery modules. The battery pack is one of the most important aspects of the vehicle and can be one of the most daunting tasks because of the shear amount of work to be done. Designing the battery pack is not a simple or easy task, but the EcoCAR 2 competition and MSU have provided us with all the software we need. Not only are we be doing extensive CAD work on the pack but also computation fluid dynamics (CFD) is being used to help design the cooling aspects of the pack. There is a lot of work to be done, but the more time that is spent now in the design phase will translate to less time that will be spent building and working on the pack in the future.

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