Random Walk Analysis of the Effect of Mechanical Degradation on All-Solid-State Battery Power
Author(s)Bucci, Giovanna; Swamy, Tushar; Chiang, Yet-Ming; Carter, W Craig
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Mechanical and electrochemical phenomena are coupled in defining the battery reliability, particularly for solid-state batteries. Micro-cracks act as barriers to Li-ion diffusion in the electrolyte, increasing the average electrode’s tortuosity. In our previous work, we showed that solid electrolytes are likely to suffer from mechanical degradation if their fracture energy is lower than 4 J m−2[G. Bucci, T. Swamy, Y.-M. Chiang, and W. C. Carter, J. Mater. Chem. A (2017)]. Here we study the effect of electrolyte micro-cracking on the effective conductivity of composite electrodes. Via random analyzes, we predict the average diffusivity of lithium in a solid-state electrode to decrease linearly with the extension of mechanical degradation. Furthermore, the statistical distribution of first passage times indicates that the microstructure becomes more and more heterogeneous as damage progresses. In addition to power and capacity loss, a non-uniform increase of the electrode tortuosity can lead to heterogeneous lithiation and further stress localization. The understanding of these phenomena at the mesoscale is essential to the implementation of safe high-energy solid-state batteries.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Materials Science and Engineering; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering
Journal of The Electrochemical Society
The Electrochemical Society
Bucci, Giovanna, Tushar Swamy, Yet-Ming Chiang, and W. Craig Carter. “Random Walk Analysis of the Effect of Mechanical Degradation on All-Solid-State Battery Power.” Journal of The Electrochemical Society 164, no. 12 (2017): A2660–A2664.
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