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PAFtec Australia Pty Ltd: Investigation of Battery Failure Mechanism

Grant


Scheme


  • Grant

Abstract


  • The proposed project is a collaboration between PAFtec Australia Pty Ltd and the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials at the University of Wollongong.PAFtec Australia Pty Ltd is an Australian-owned company with a facility in Artarmon, NSW, at which respirators (and accessories) are designed and manufactured. PAFtec Australia¿s flagship product is the ¿CleanSpace2¿ respirator: a compact, light-weight, low-cost respirator for use in a variety of challenging air environments. The ¿CleanSpace2¿respirator is powered by a Li-ion battery, and PAFtec Australia is currently tackling the issue of short battery lifetime.The Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials conducts research into superconducting and electronic materials science and technology, and has developed collaborations with industries worldwide. Dr. Shulei Chou, a research fellow at the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials, has significant expertise in the field of Li-ion battery materials, and has extensive previous experience using the Powder Diffraction beamline at the Australian Synchrotron for battery-related studies.Working on behalf of PAFtec Australia, Dr. Chou will perform in-situ experiments at the Australian Synchrotron¿s Powder Diffraction beamline. These experiments will monitor the performance of Li-ion batteries (as used in ¿CleanSpace2¿ respirators) through the power cycle. The high intensity X-ray beam available at the Australian Synchrotron¿s Powder Diffraction beamline is necessary for this work in order to collect the high-quality data necessary to detect subtle changes in battery materials through the power cycle, as well as to enable the collection of data in real-time.Outcomes from this research effort will inform future product development at PAFtec Australia, allowing PAFtec Australia to improve their battery technology, and to maintain a competitive edge within the safety respirator field.

Date/time Interval


  • 2014

Sponsor Award Id


  • AS142/PD/8691

Local Award Id


  • 118032

Scheme


  • Grant

Abstract


  • The proposed project is a collaboration between PAFtec Australia Pty Ltd and the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials at the University of Wollongong.PAFtec Australia Pty Ltd is an Australian-owned company with a facility in Artarmon, NSW, at which respirators (and accessories) are designed and manufactured. PAFtec Australia¿s flagship product is the ¿CleanSpace2¿ respirator: a compact, light-weight, low-cost respirator for use in a variety of challenging air environments. The ¿CleanSpace2¿respirator is powered by a Li-ion battery, and PAFtec Australia is currently tackling the issue of short battery lifetime.The Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials conducts research into superconducting and electronic materials science and technology, and has developed collaborations with industries worldwide. Dr. Shulei Chou, a research fellow at the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials, has significant expertise in the field of Li-ion battery materials, and has extensive previous experience using the Powder Diffraction beamline at the Australian Synchrotron for battery-related studies.Working on behalf of PAFtec Australia, Dr. Chou will perform in-situ experiments at the Australian Synchrotron¿s Powder Diffraction beamline. These experiments will monitor the performance of Li-ion batteries (as used in ¿CleanSpace2¿ respirators) through the power cycle. The high intensity X-ray beam available at the Australian Synchrotron¿s Powder Diffraction beamline is necessary for this work in order to collect the high-quality data necessary to detect subtle changes in battery materials through the power cycle, as well as to enable the collection of data in real-time.Outcomes from this research effort will inform future product development at PAFtec Australia, allowing PAFtec Australia to improve their battery technology, and to maintain a competitive edge within the safety respirator field.

Date/time Interval


  • 2014

Sponsor Award Id


  • AS142/PD/8691

Local Award Id


  • 118032