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Trend Removal in Measurements of Best Linear Time-Varying Approximations – with Application to Operando Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

Equilibria evolving over time, also called trends, are often present in ongoing measurements of real-life systems. These trends are considered as disturbances when computing the Best Linear Time-varying Approximation (BLTVA) of the system. Current techniques for dealing with trends in BLTVA measurements consist of modelling the trend with a finite number of basis functions. However, in measurements with dominant trends, the trend cannot always be captured well enough by this set of basis functions, and, hence, the uncertainty on the BLTVA increases. As a consequence, one looses low frequency information. In this paper, the state-of-the-art method for estimating the BLTVA is extended by removing the trend with a differencing operator. It is shown that with this novel technique, low frequency information becomes more visible. Moreover, the novel method decreases the variance on the BLTVA, and allows to measure fewer periods. Hence, the novel technique improves the route for treating arbitrary out-of-equilibrium, or also called operando, measurements. As an illustration, it is applied to operando time-varying impedance measurements of three electrochemical processes: the charging of a Li-ion battery cell, the electrorefining of copper and the anodising of aluminium.
Journal: IEEE Transaction on Instrumentation and Measurement
ISSN: 0018-9456
Volume: 71
Publication year:2022
Keywords:trend, odd random phase multisine, time-varying systems, nonlinear systems, best linear approximation, time-varying frequency response function, nonparametric estimation, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy