Tuesday, February 26, 2013
2:00 pm
Noyes 153 (J. Holmes Sturdivant Lecture Hall)

Chemical Physics Seminar

Electrochemistry vs. Battery System Engineering: Deconstructing the Recent Spate of Battery Failures
Rob Ferber, Founder, ElectronVault, Inc.
Linda Maepa, Founder, ElectronVault, Inc.

 

Recent battery failures in electric vehicles and aviation power systems point to a failure of both battery system design and application engineering rooted in fundamental misunderstandings of battery system components and processes such as how battery cells are manufactured, how battery systems are assembled, and when deployed, what happens dynamically during the use of the battery system at both the application (vehicle) and battery system level instantaneously and over time. This talk will stress the importance of focusing on energy storage systems so that they are evaluated as systems rather than a collection of components with known and unknown behaviors. If you are interested in electrochemistry, battery systems engineering, systems science, systems engineering, reliability, manufacturing, aviation, or electric vehicles —you won't want to miss this!!!

Contact Priscilla Boon pjboon@caltech.edu at 626-395-6524
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