Passive cooling of Li-Ion cells with direct-metal-laser-sintered aluminium heat exchangers filled with phase change materials

Our gSKIN® XM sensors have been used again to research the thermal properties of batteries. The results are published in the journal Applied Thermal Engineering. The authors are S. Landini and T.S. O’Donovan (Heriot-Watt University at Edinburgh), together with R. Waser, A. Stamitiou, R. Ravotti and J. Worlitschek (Lucerne University of Applied Sciences).

This study experimentally investigates the isothermal performance of phase change materials (PCM) integrated with Direct-Metal-Laser-Sintered (DMLS) aluminum heat exchangers (HEX), used as a passive thermal management system for batteries, capable of protecting them from adverse temperatures that can decrease their performance or accelerate aging effects. 

These results show that phase change materials have great potential as a passive thermal management system for a variety of Li-Ion cells’ operating conditions. However, the optimization of the PCM-TMS design is found to be case-dependent.

If you want to learn more about the potential applications of our energy transfer sensors to the research of batteries, please visit our dedicated webpage for the topics.

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