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ZSim and ZFit as learning tools. IV. The effect of high frequency inductance.

Latest updated: November 10, 2021

Sometimes in the literature, we can encounter battery impedance graphs that are plotted only in the capacitive half-plane as shown in Fig. 1a. However, most battery impedance graphs show a high-frequency inductive behavior as shown in Fig. 1b [1].



Figure 1: Nyquist impedance graph

Figure 1: Nyquist impedance graph of a Li-ion battery a) plotted only in the capacitive half-plane; b) complete plot [1].



The influence of the value of the inductance L on the shape of the Nyquist impedance graph.

The analysis of the inductance influence on the measured electrochemical impedance was presented a long time ago [2]. The high-frequency depressed semi-circle shown in Fig. 1 can be simply modeled by the following circuit: L1 + R1 + C2/R2.



In the animation shown in Fig. 2, the evolution of the impedance graphs of the circuit defined above is shown for a certain range of values of the parameter L, the values of the other parameters being constant.


Figure 2: Impedance graphs of the circuit L1 + R1 + C2/R2 with R1 = 1 Ω, R2 = 4 Ω, C2 = 0.1 F
and L varying from a) 10-3 to 10-2 and b) 0.0316 to 0.1 H.



For a small inductance value (Fig. 2a), the impedance shows a semi-circle and a vertical line from low to high frequencies. It shows an accumulation of data points around Im Z = 0.

For a large inductance value (Fig. 2b), the arc is deformed and the data points move away from each other when the sign of Im Z is changing.



Fitting an impedance graph with a high-frequency inductance.

In Fig. 3, the impedance graph of the circuit L1 + R1 + C2/R2 with R1 = 1 Ω, R2 = 4 Ω, C2 = 0.1 F, L = 0.1 H was simulated with 8 points per frequency decade. This graph shows a deformed arc, which means a large inductance value.


If the inductance is neglected and the low-frequency arc is fitted with an R1 + C2/R2 circuit as it is shown in Fig. 3, all the calculated values are wrong: R1 and C2 are overestimated, R2 is underestimated.



Figure 3: Simulated impedance graph of the L1 + R1 + C2/R2 with R1 = 1 Ω, R2 = 4 Ω, C2 = 0.1 F, L = 0.1 H and
fitting of the low frequency arc with R1 + C2/R2. The calculated values are wrong.




When an impedance graph shows a high-frequency inductance, a good practice is to plot the graph completely and to avoid truncating the graph at high frequencies. Fitting the graph without including the high-frequency inductance can lead to erroneous values determination of the parameters of the chosen equivalent circuit.



[1] White paper #1. Studying batteries with Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS). 2018.

[2] B. Savova-Stoynov and Z. B. Stoynov J. Appl. Electrochem., 17 1987 1150 – 1158.




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