Battery Leakage Detector

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Batteries are used for innumerable applications in our society- from toys and household gadgets, to cars, planes, and communications. When batteries are dropped, cracked, or fail internally, the chemicals inside can leak into the battery's case. These chemicals, or electrolytes, can cause corrosion of the case and other things nearby, such as wiring or other important parts. These chemicals can pollute the environment and wreak havoc.

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane,) has designed and patented technology for detecting leakage of energy storage structure liquid, such as electrolytes, in batteries. This innovative technology is capable of detecting the presence of electrolytes that cause electrical communication between the battery terminals. This sensor can then send a signal to a display which can alert the user. The process may be automated and integrated into hierarchical network testing. The technology may be especially useful for batteries with nonconductive cases, such as plastics.

-Fast and simple
-Avoids or minimizes environmental contamination
-Can be automated

Potential Applications:
-Computer Server Farms
Utility Patent
United States
Jul 3, 2012
Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization
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