Investigation of Catastrophic Battery Failures

field failure investigation of escooter battery

This Investigation of Catastrophic Battery Failures looks at field failures of lithium ion batteries in devices such as e-scooters and e-bikes. This is a summary of: Holloway, J.; Maharun, M.; Houmadi, I.; Remy, G.; Piper, L.; Williams, M.A.; Loveridge, M.J. Developing Preventative Strategies to Mitigate Thermal Runaway in NMC532-Graphite Cylindrical Cells Using Forensic Simulations. Batteries 2024, 10, 104. … Read more

Tesla Self-Activated Draining System

Tesla self activating drain plug

The Tesla Self-Activated Draining System was patented some time ago, but this simple mechanical device is still being used in the latest Cybertruck. A method of managing leakage of liquid inside a battery system comprises: containing leaking liquid in a non-liquid sensitive region of the battery system so as to protect internal electrical components of … Read more

Enhancing Li-Ion Battery Safety

OsecoElfab DualGard breather and vent disc

Integrating Pressure Relief and Breather Devices for Overpressure Mitigation for battery safety. Author: OsecoElfab The rapid growth of Li-Ion batteries in various industries, including electric vehicles, portable electronics, and renewable energy storage has thrown a spotlight onto a critical battery safety concern: thermal runaway and its potential to trigger overpressure explosions. Managing Thermal Runaway To … Read more

Rupture Disc Integration for Overpressure Mitigation

OsecoElfab image of a burst disc

Enhancing Li-Ion Battery Safety: The Imperative of Rupture Disc Integration for Overpressure Mitigation Author: OsecoElfab Introduction The rapid growth of Li-Ion batteries in various industries, including electric vehicles, portable electronics, and renewable energy storage, brings to the forefront a critical safety concern: thermal runaway and its potential to trigger overpressure explosions. To address this imminent … Read more

Fire Mitigation Strategies

options for thermal barriers

Author: Nrusimhan Seshadri, Balance Batteries Having looked at the challenges and regulatory standards relating to fire hazards posed by Li-ion batteries in the previous article, in this article we will have a look at some of the fire mitigation strategies deployed across 10 BEVs in the current market. The choice of thermal barrier materials (TBMs) for a … Read more

What Happens if a Cell goes into Thermal Runaway?

battery cell in thermal runaway

Author: Nrusimhan Seshadri, Balance Batteries Thermal hazards of (Li-ion batteries) LiB’s are well known. The spontaneous exothermic release of energy from LiBs when subjected thermal, mechanical and/or electrical abuse is referred as thermal runaway. Though the chances of thermal runaway in modern EV’s are extremely low, the danger posed  by EV battery fires can’t be … Read more

Battery Thermal Runaway

Lithium-ion batteries power devices ranging from smartphone and laptops to electric vehicles; highlighting how essential they are to our everyday lives. However, despite their widespread use, safety concerns persist. Here, battery thermal runaway can lead to catastrophic explosions, fire and generation of toxic smoke. Therefore, mitigating these risks will be essential for the mass market … Read more

Cell Level Fusing

Accelonix cell wire bonding

When we connect cells in parallel to increase the capacity we might also want cell level fusing. This fusing being by definition designed to disconnect a cell that for some reason is sinking or delivering high currents. The fusing can be inside the cell and sealed or external to the cell, sometimes both internal and … Read more