NI-CD BATTERY SEPARATOR DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$50,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
1990
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
11996
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Giner, Inc.
14 Spring Street, Waltham, MA, 02254
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Larry Swette
 Director Of Engineering
 (617) 899-7270
Business Contact
 JOSE GINER
Title: PRESIDENT
Phone: (617) 899-7270
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THIS PROPOSAL IS ADDRESSED TO THE NEED FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A LONG-TERM REPLACEMENT SEPARATOR FOR AEROSPACE NI-CD CELLS. AT THE PRESENT TIME PELLON 2505 NYLON SEPARATOR, DEMONSTRATED TO SUPPORT MORE THAN 5 YEARS OF LOW-EARTH-ORBIT(LEO) CYCLING IN NI-CD CELLS, IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE, AND THE ALTERNATIVE NYLON SEPARATOR, PELLON 2536, HAS PROVEN NOT TO BE A DIRECT REPLACEMENT IN TERMS OF CELL PERFORMANCE. MORE FUNDAMENTALLY, THE DESIGN AND FABRICATIONOF NI-CD CELLS HAVE BEEN EMPIRICALLY ADJUSTED TO ACCOMMODATETHE DEFICIENCIES OF PELLON 2505, E.G., NYLON-BASED SEPARATORS ARE CHEMICALLY UNSTABLE IN THE CELL ENVIRONMENT AND HAVE NOT BEEN OPTIMIZED FOR THIS APPLICATION. WE PROPOSE, THEREFORE, TO DEVELOP A REPLACEMENT SEPARATOR ON THE BASIS OF A RATIONAL DESIGN, SPECIFICALLY, 1) THE MATERIALS WILL BE ESSENTIALLY INERT IN THE CELL ENVIRONMENT,AND 2) THE PHYSICAL PROPERTIES, PRIMARILY ELECTROLYTE RETENTION AND OXYGEN-TRANSPORT, WILL BE PERMANENT AND OPTIMIZED FOR SEALED NI-CD LEO-CYCLING OPERATION.

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