Purdue partners with NSWC Crane to improve lithium-ion battery safety, performance

Jason OstanekPurdue researchers will work with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) to improve the safety and performance of lithium-ion batteries.

“Purdue has significant experience with electrochemical, thermal and fluid dynamics modeling related to lithium-ion batteries,” said Kyle Crompton, NSWC Crane scientist and principal investigator. “NSWC Crane’s testing capabilities can be utilized to verify safer designs while our perspective on warfighter needs can help to guide modeling and design efforts.”

Jason Ostanek, assistant professor in Purdue Polytechnic’s School of Engineering Technology, has been cultivating the partnership for several months. The research will focus on the generation of excess heat and toxic, flammable gases when batteries experience failure.

“We are excited to engage with NSWC Crane through this newly formed cooperative research and development agreement,” said Ostanek and Partha P. Mukherjee, associate professor of mechanical engineering. “Our collaborative research activities will leverage the unique and complementary expertise of both institutions in energy storage systems.”

Read the full NSWC Crane news release.

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