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Beyond Battery Cycling: Testing Batteries in the Automotive Industry


As automotive battery technologies continue to advance, battery testing is a critical step in the process of bringing a vehicle to market, particularly for hybrid and battery electric vehicles. Battery designs need to incorporate strong thermal management, shock and fatigue resistance, durability, fire resistance, and more while optimizing cost and offering long ranges and fast charging capability. With all of these requirements, battery testing today needs to cover much more than the everyday cycling testing.

In this 60-minute Webinar, an automotive testing expert will explain what is needed to test a battery in addition to cycling. Wiring and fluid testing, for example, can be done separately or in combination with charging and discharging. The expert will also walk you through the latest testing requirements, procedures, and best practices in areas of battery testing you may not have considered.

These include:

  • Multi-axis simulation testing, real-time durability / road load data acquisition (RLDA)
  • Cooling systems, thermal management, pressure
  • Enclosure testing: dust, spray, and chamber work
  • Environmental testing: salt spray, humidity, and chamber work such as thermal shock, high temperature and humidity, and more

The presentation offers a comprehensive view of today’s requirements in battery testing as well as how it interacts with testing routines across the vehicle. In some cases, the battery is integral to the chassis and frame, so these components need to be tested collectively and individually. These tests ensure that batteries are safe, reliable, compliant with all standards and regulations, and suitable for demanding new technical applications such as hybrids and BEVs.

An audience Q&A is included.


Mike Pendleton, General Manager, Element Materials Technology

Mike Pendleton has worked for Element for nine years, focusing on the transportation market for the last five. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. After working for NASA as a test engineer for five years, Mike was hired by Element to work in its energy labs in Houston on fracture mechanics testing. Element then brought Mike to Michigan to work in the transportation market. Mike is now the General Manager of the Warren labs with responsibilities over environmental, mechanical, and electrical testing in the Metro Detroit area.


Lisa Arrigo, SAE Media Group

Joining for the audience Q&A:

  • Nathan Forney, Department Manager, Hydraulics, Element Materials Technology
  • Michael Clauw, Battery Laboratory Program Manager, Element Materials Technology
  • Steve Panter, Principal Engineer, Element Materials Technology
  • Sebastian Kirsch, Department Manager, Fluids, Fuels, and Interiors, Element Materials Technology

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