【内置灭火器:可有效防止电池爆炸】

【内置灭火器:可有效防止电池爆炸】锂离子电池的一个问题是具有着火和引爆各种设备如玩具、手机的倾向。为了解决这个问题,斯坦福大学的研究人员研制出了带有内置灭火器的锂离子电池。他们在塑料纤维中添加了一种称为“磷酸三苯酯”的组件以保持正负电极分离。磷酸三苯酯是用作各种电子器件阻燃剂的化合物,基于研究人的测试,该方法可在0.4秒内停止电池的燃烧。

Batteries with built-in flame retardant could prevent fiery mishaps

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One big problem with lithium-ion batteries is that they have the tendency to catch fire and blow up all kinds of gadgets like toys and phones. To solve that issue, a group of researchers from Stanford University created lithium-ion batteries with built-in fire extinguishers. They added a component called "triphenyl phosphate" to the plastic fibers of the part that keeps negative and positive electrodes separate. Triphenyl phosphate is a compound commonly used as a flame retardant for various electronics. If the battery's temperature reaches 150 degrees Celsius, the plastic fibers melt and release the chemical. Based on the researchers' tests, the method can stop batteries from burning up within 0.4 seconds.

Previous attempts at building mini fire extinguishers inside batteries significantly reduced their performance. Yi Cui, this project's lead scientist, says this doesn't have the same effect and that the chemical won't be released under normal temperatures:

"Using our 'smart' separators, battery electrochemical performance will not be affected by the flame retardant under normal conditions. However, once there is a potential thermal runaway, the flame retardant will be activated and nip the fire or explosion in the bud."

According to IEEE Spectrum, future experiments could include ensuring overcharging and deep discharging don't activate the retardant. You can read up on what the researchers have done thus far in their paper published by Science.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/01/15/built-in-flame-retardant-lithium-ion/

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