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METHODS AND DEVICES FOR ELECTROCHEMICAL SYSTEM ANALYSIS

United States Patent Application

20170074731
A1
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Device and Software to Measure Thermal Impedance of Electrochemical Systems
The present disclosure provides a calorimeter device and an electrochemical system analysis method. The device includes a first thermo-electric gauge (TEG) and a first conductor thermally coupled to the first TEG, the first conductor comprising a first surface. The device may also include a second conductor with a second surface, the second surface facing the first surface, thereby forming a gap. The device may also include a second TEG thermally coupled to the second conductor and an adjustment mechanism attached to the second TEG, operable to modify a size of the gap between the first surface and the second surface. The method includes applying a plurality of electrical signals across an electrochemical system, determining, using a calorimeter, at least one rate at which heat is generated by the system, and determining at least one thermal characteristic of a component of the system.
SANTHANAGOPALAN, Shriram (Lakewood, CO), KEYSER, Matthew Allen (Arvada, CO), SAXON, Aron Ray (Golden, CO), IRELAND, John (Sunnyvale, CO)
14/ 855,538
September 16, 2015
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN [0001] The United States Government has rights in this invention under Contract No. DE-AC36-08GO28308 between the United States Department of Energy and Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, the Manager and Operator of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.