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Workshop: Machine Learning for Engineering Modeling, Simulation and Design

Battery Model Calibration with Deep Reinforcement Learning

Ajaykumar Unagar · Yuan Tian · Olga Fink · Manuel Arias Chao


Lithium-Ion (Li-I) batteries have recently become pervasive and are used in many physical assets. To enable a good prediction of the end of discharge of batteries, detailed electrochemical Li-I battery models have been developed. Their parameters are typically calibrated before they are taken into operation and are typically not re-calibrated during operation. However, since battery performance is affected by aging, the reality gap between the computational battery models and the real physical systems leads to inaccurate predictions. A supervised machine learning algorithm would require an extensive representative training dataset mapping the observation to the ground truth calibration parameters. This may be infeasible for many practical applications. In this paper, we implement a Reinforcement Learning-based framework for reliably and efficiently inferring calibration parameters of battery models. The framework enables real-time inference of the computational model parameters in order to compensate the reality-gap from the observations. Most importantly, the proposed methodology does not need any labeled data samples, (samples of observations and the ground truth calibration parameters). Furthermore, the framework does not require any information on the underlying physical model.The experimental results demonstrate that the proposed methodology is capable of inferring the model parameters with high accuracy and high robustness. While the achieved results are comparable to those obtained with supervised machine learning, they do not rely on the ground truth information during training.

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