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I-BAT, a research and innovation project aims to develop a novel advanced concept for efficient cooling of Electric Vehicle Battery Packs. The project is funded by the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation HORIZON 2020. The project period is 01.10.2020 – 30.09.2024.

The proposed submerged-cooling Battery Thermal Management System (BTMS) aims to a significant increase in heat flux that can be handled at a specific temperature difference. From a scientific/flow-physics point of view, this will be achieved by manufacturing and testing new viscoelastic nanofluids with attractive thermal and flow performance. The collaborative effect of viscoelasticity and nanoscale heat-transfer phenomena has not been investigated in this context and targeting applications for EVs. Information for their rheological properties that cannot be obtained by experimentation or it is limited, can be supplemented for a multi-parametric domain by numerical modelling.