Podium Advanced Technologies gold sponsor of SquadraCorse PoliTo

26 August 2018

Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona,  26 August 2018 – Podium Advanced Technologies supported Politecnico di Torino SquadraCorse in a successful 2018 racing season.

Since 2013 Podium Advanced Technologies have backed the Politecnico di Torino team with engineering support and components, helping the students designing and manufacturing cars with a wide spread set of sponsors with the likes of FCA, Brembo, Pirelli and other automotive Tier 1 leaders. Podium Advanced Technologies Battery Management System equipped, this year as well, the high voltage battery pack that has been realized using the Heavy Wire Bonding technology provided by our new Laboratory.

Formula Student is a worldwide engineering competition devoted to technical universities where engineering students from all over the world compete in designing, developing, building and driving a single-seater competition car. Since some years the team has been dealing with the electric all-wheel drive, a new frontier that combines high performance with low energy consumption.

The latest results are very encouraging: the SC18 Integrale, latest Politecnico fully electric single seater, is equipped with a 600 V battery pack and can reach 130 km/h, weighing 199 kg and taking 2.9 seconds from 0  to 100 km/h. Particularly interesting is the efficiency, one of the parameters measured during the endurance race, showing how the Team was not only able to complete the test, but also to consume as low as possible.

In Barcelona the team experienced six extremely intense days with many satisfactions and many problems to sort out – making all the young engineers resort to all their resources. Wednesday was the first day, with the scrutineering of the machine and the battery pack, where they performed very well in the latter. After some technical issues on the prototype the car succeeded in finishing the Endurance with a good pace; unfortunately, some penalties due to the delays gathered during the days resulted in a final overall 13th place.

This year the team scored an outstanding third place in Varano dé Melegari in the Italian race of the Formula SAE Italy championship bringing back to Turin the bronze medal. In the “electric” category the Student Team was confronted with prominent opponents from different Universities: DHBW Ravensburg’s Global Formula Racing eV, DHBW Stuttgart’s DHBW Engineering Stuttgart, Strohm und Söhne TH by Nünberg Georg Simon Ohm, Blue Flash Mobility Concepts HAWK Göttingen, TU Graz Racing Technical Team of the University of Graz, Joanneum Racing Graz of AS Joanneum Graz, Dynamis PRC of the Polytechnic of Milan.

Assembly process

Sorting, Testing and Stacking Cylindrical
- Fully automated station
- 100% cells state of health testing (including open circuit voltage, resistance/AC impedance, temperature
- Stations able to handle module up to 1200 mm length
- Different cooling strategies can be handled within this station
- Similar capacity cells can be sorted and included in a module
- Fast and tack-free led lamp curing
- Accurate pressing operation
Sorting, Testing and Stacking Cylindrical
Sorting, Testing and Stacking Prismatic and Pouch
- Fully automated station
- 100% cells state of health testing (including open circuit voltage, resistance/AC impedance, temperature
- Stations can handle different cell dimensions and different thermal extraction strategies
- Accurate pressing operation
Sorting, Testing and Stacking Prismatic and Pouch
Bus Bar Laser Welding
- Cutting edge laser beam technology that guarantees robust joints for several type of busbar connections
- Possibility to weld challenging reflective materials such as CU, Al and dissimiral combination of materials
- Internal development of welding parameters
- Extensive quality control such as weld penetration in process monitoring and resistivity checks
- Stations can handle module up to 1200 mm length and 600 mm width
Bus Bar Laser Welding
Ultrasonic wire bonding
- Fully automatic station
- Wire bonding with the highest axis accuracy
- Continuous real time monitoring of wire condition and process
- Integrated quality control
Ultrasonic wire bonding
Pack assembly stations
- Stations equipped with manual assistors and process dedicated tools to allow assembly teams to work in perfect ergonomic and safe conditions
- Stations equipped with torque monitored tools
- Control tracking system to verify process completion and quality monitoring
- Junction box assembly and quality control
- Controlled sealing application completed after functional test
Pack assembly stations
EOL Testing
- Battery module and pack functional tests
- BMS firmware and software flashing
- Pack cooling system integrity test
EOL Testing

Main features

  • Safety: BMS Design compliant for ISO 26262
  • Scalable slave-master architecture, handles systems
    up to 1.000 V
  • Cell dissipative balancing


  • Real time monitoring cells & components voltage
    and temperatures
  • Advanced algorithms for SOC/SOH estimation
  • Advanced SOP estimation with realtime cell
    thermoelectrical models
  • Electromechanical components feedback monitoring
    and degradation estimation (fuses, contactors)
  • Control and monitoring of the thermal management system
  • Sensing of current, water leak, internal humidity, etc
  • Ground fault monitoring of grounded or ungrounded systems

Services related to BMS

  • Testing and modelling of battery cells
    and systems
  • Experimental characterization of cells
    for accurate state estimation algorithms
    (e.g., SOC, SOE, SOH, SOP)
  • BMS hardware and software development
    for specific applications
  • Prototyping of high-performance
    battery systems
  • Consulting in the field of battery systems

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