Why do Lithium-ion Batteries Need to be Cooled?

Phil Kinnane June 15, 2012

Previously, I wrote a blog post about Fiat using modeling to simulate the cooling of their lithium-ion battery packs. This got me wondering how lithium-ion batteries actually get hot in the first place.

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Phil Kinnane June 13, 2012

This was the sentiment shared by Michele Gosso of Centre Richerche Fiat in Italy. On the forefront of designing electric and hybrid vehicles in the small truck market, Fiat will soon be introducing this technology to their famous Fiat 500.

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Phil Kinnane June 12, 2012

It’s long been known that a danger with corrosion is that it compromises the structures that it affects. This is particularly relevant for the naval industry where material failure leads to leaks and the like. Now, another danger is becoming apparent.

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Phil Kinnane June 11, 2012

Before you drink your next pint of Guinness, have a close look at the bubbles in the brew, and see if they sink. Apparently they do. Now a group of scientists from the University of Limerick in Ireland (where else?) has modeled the phenomenon of sinking bubbles in Guinness beer to lend weight to this finding and provide a theoretical explanation.

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Phil Kinnane June 6, 2012

The June issue of IEEE Spectrum included an insert focused on Multiphysics Simulation. This included a feature on cooling in hybrid cars, articles about metamaterials, the smart power grid, as well as biomedical applications.

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Phil Kinnane June 4, 2012

One of the interesting stories from this year’s COMSOL News is the article concerning Johnson Screens®. They manufacture steel screens to block debris in water for pipes and valves. Their challenge is to design water intake screens with openings large enough for an unimpeded flow of water, but small enough to block enough debris depending on a specific application. This means that each screen must be custom-designed taking into account the characteristics of the debris and the depth at which […]

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Phil Kinnane May 31, 2012

You may already be familiar with large regenerative heat exchanger (RHX) systems, but what about much smaller micro-channel systems? That’s just the type of invention the research teams at Intellectual Ventures (IV) are working on.

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Phil Kinnane May 30, 2012

COMSOL News is now available in print and electronically, and you can request your copy of the multiphysics simulation magazine here. One of the great stories concerns a process engineer at Ruukki Metals in Finland, Mika Judin, who not only uses COMSOL to model and optimize his process, but lets the operators use the simulation too.

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Phil Kinnane May 21, 2012

I was just reading one of my favorite sites, phys.org, about the difficulties of working with nanostructures. In the world of batteries, you want to maximize charge, while minimizing volume and weight. This means that the nano-world is starting to take hold, but, as has been discovered with many other applications where nanotechnology is being applied, it is very difficult to control the material properties in this world.

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Phil Kinnane May 18, 2012

Yesterday was a big day as we officially released the new version of COMSOL Multiphysics, version 4.3. This will be shipped towards the end of May, and customers should be receiving it in the beginning of June. It’s an exciting release as it involves three new products as well as a large number of improvements to the core software and most of the modules.

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Phil Kinnane May 16, 2012

I am an avid reader of The Economist and always enjoy their coverage of technical and scientific subjects. In their issue from late April, they ran a special insert on Manufacturing and Innovation, which was a great read. One of their articles was a report on 3D printing and how this is actually becoming an integral part of manufacturing in that the actual printing is mass producing parts and components.

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