The following information is about passivation of lithium thionyl chloride battery for thereference.
1, General Introduction About Passivation.
Passivation is a chemical term and it refers to phenomena that a kind of chemical film appears onthe surface of the metal and prevents the further corrupt from happening on the surface of themetal.
In lithium thionyl chloride battery, thionyl chloride is liquid. Metal lithium gets in touch withthionyl chloride completely and will slowly rust just like iron. The production of this rust islithium chloride.
The lithium chloride produced on the surface of the metal lithium in thionyl chloride is verycompact and prevents the reaction of lithium and thionyl chloride. This phenomenon ispassivation.
The passivation of lithium thionyl chloride battery happens as soon as the battery is produced,but this reaction is not fast in speed. Just like all the chemical reaction, the speed of passivationis related to the temperature. The higher the temperature is, the faster the speed is. The longer thetime is, the more serious the passivation is.
2, The Effect Of Passivation On Battery Performance.
Passivation is the inherent character of lithium thionyl chloride battery. Without passivation,lithium thionyl chloride battery cannot be stored. Because the lithium chloride produced on thesurface of the metal lithium in thionyl chloride is very compact and prevents the reaction oflithium and thionyl chloride, the self-discharge inside the battery becomes very smali. This way,the shelf life of the battery can be over 10 years. This is the positive side of the passivation. Sopassivation can protect the battery capacity and will not cause capacity loss.
But there is also negative side of passivation. The following is the disadvantages of passivationon appliances.
1) When the battery begins to be used after being stored for some time, the initial working
voltage of the battery will be low. It will take some time before the initial working voltage ofthe battery reaches the required value. This is what is called "voltage passivation". Voltage
passivation does not take too much effect on the purpose that is not strict with time. But forthe purpose that is strict with time, some fatal defect might appear if there is improper use,such as weapon system etc.
2) Passivation do not have much effect on the purposes that do not require big change of the
current. For the purposes that accidentally require some changes on the current, it can be saidto a fatal defect if there is improper use, such as brainpower water meter, ammeter etc.
3) For the use of micro current, the capacity loss will be big and the utilizing rate of the active
matter will reduce. In the operational condition of the battery, the passivation will go oncontinuously. That is to say, the active matter lithium and thionyl chloride that are used forreaction will be consumed continuously, and it will make the capacity reduced. Generailyspeaking, the utilizing rate is high when the battery is used up within 3 -
6 months and canreach about 90% of the designed capacity. The utilizing rate of the battery capacity can onlybe about 65% when the battery is used for above 5 years.
3, Way To So ve The Passivation.
The character and performance of battery must be known before battery is used. Otherwise, itwill be difficult to reach the aim.
1) For the purpose that requires a long-term nonuse of battery, such as weapon system and
communication system. The battery can be activated every half year or the battery-can beactivated to the normal working voltage before being used. This way, the voltage passivationcan be solved.
Special instrument, circuit or manual way can all be used for activation. The principal foractivation is to discharge the battery to reach the required working voltage. The dischargecurrent normally is 1-3 times of the working current required by the system. It will be allright if the voltage of the single battery reaches 3V during discharge. The time for activationshall not be more than 5 minutes.
The battery in the weapon system can be activated by the above way. The battery in thecommunication system can be activated by the above way, and thebattery in communication system can be also activated by several-repeatedreceive-and-dispatch before use.
2) Normally the instrument controlled by microcomputer CMOS chip is in the working
condition of micro current, accidentally there is changing current pulse required. If there isimproper handling in design, the abnormal condition or instrument death might be caused,and at last battery capacity will be consumed out and battery will be out of use. The key tosolve this problem to activate the battery at regular intervals when the hardware and
software of the instrument are designed. It is based on the designer's knowledge on the batterypassivation.
For the designer of the instruments controlled by microcomputer CMOS chip, there is someexperience for the reference.
a) In application, the battery passivation cannot be solved only by supplying around 10
microampere current. If big current is needed and the passivation film inside the battery isvery thick, the battery voltage might be lower than 1.8V, the microcomputer CMOS chip can
be caused to die. Please refer to the following diagram. To solve such problem the batteryhas to be activated on line.
There are many ways for on-line activation. The convenience is in software design. For
brainpower gas meter, water meter, the way is the following. Drive the v-alve.,2 times everymonth, 0.5-1 s every time. The voltage of battery shall be measured every time at the end ofthis action. If the voltage is lower than 2.7V, it means that the capacity of the battery isnearly out and the valve has to be closed immediately. The end voltage of the battery mustbe measured at the large current condition and it is of no use to measure in micro currentcondition. Because under micro current condition, the working voltage of the battery is about3.6Y, if there is a reduction ( even to 3.5V), the capacity of the battery is out and there is noway to close the valve.
The loading ability of the battery within 90% of the capacity basically holds steadily. Underthe condition of big current, the voltage of the battery normally is above 3.0V if the battery isin the activated state.
For the instruments which is in fixation and cannot be rewritten, the most simple way is to
draw out a discharging circuit made up from audion and resistance from the place of writingdata I/O of E2PROM. It will be all right if the current of the discharging circuit is equal to themaximum working current of the instrument. But this method is no good in effect for theinstrument which is in nonuse for a long time.
B) For the circuit that requires both large current and micro current from one battery, thefollowing diagram is suggested in circuit design. The principal of the diagram is simple.
Use one germanium diode and a 220 u F capacitor to make CPU electrical source. Nomatter what big changes the outside circuit can cause, the voltage on CPU can basicallykeep unchanged in a short time. Under the condition that all I/O ports have low electricallevel output, the voltage on capacitor can keep CUP to work normally for more than 45s.
The effect will be good if the above A and B can be integrated.
3) In the state of micro current discharge, the utilizing rate of the lithium thionyl chloride
battery is low. So in the selection of battery models, the utilizing rate of the battery shall beconsidered to avoid the problem that the battery cannot reach the designed time foroperation.
The test results show that the lithium thionyl chloride battery can only be used for 8-9 yearsunder the micro current working station. It is also a very important element for the design ofinstruments.
For lithium thionyl Chloride battery (ER series), there is passivation character.
Please activate the battery before the battery is used. The following is one of the
way of activating the battery ( depassivation).
Depassivation by resistance before the battery is used.
Loading for depassivation: 2 times of the working current till load voltage >3.0V
Time used for depassivation: 15s for 3 month's storage battery
For other special conditions, please contact supplier in your area .
If such batteries are sold to a third party or the end user, please convey this
WARNING to them.
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