"The Stanford effort appears to be one of the first to find a new way to improve lithium-ion batteries not by altering the chemistry itself but by adding this self-healing property."
It makes me wonder what studies have been done to conclude that the number of effective charging cycles are reduced because of broken connections versus the battery chemistry itself losing its potential through extended use. While I applaud the concept and can see how it would be helpful when these conditions occur, I don't know enough to understand if this is really a valid solution for general battery use or just a specific failure mode among others. Regardless, the technology is amazing and I admire the work of these researchers - we may very well find some spin-off applications from this research.
I say it will be great to have batteries lasting long while in use, and every one seems 2 be kken 2 see it soon , same goes for me as it will be great not to keep many batteries in resrve for the games, remote , kids toys etc.so looking forward for a rapid development.
That's true, shehan, and what I think is most interesting about this is that while other scientists are working on new chemistries to make batteries last longer, this actually affects the structure of the battery and not the chemistry. It seems also like too easy of a fix for a problem that has been until now seemingly complicated to solve. I guess time will tell.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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