Document Type

Article

Subject Area(s)

Chemical Engineering

Abstract

A new battery named "Vaporvolt"b cell is in the early stage of its development. A mathematical model of a CuO/CuVaporvolt cell is presented that can be used to predict the potential and the transport behavior of the cell during discharge.A sensitivity analysis of the various transport and electrokinetic parameters indicates which parameters have the mostinfluence on the predicted energy and power density of the Vaporvolt cell. This information can be used to decide whichparameters should be optimized or determined more accurately through further modeling or experimental studies. Theoptimal thicknesses of electrodes and separator, the concentration of the electrolyte, and the current density are determinedby maximizing the power density. These parameter sensitivities and optimal design parameter values help in thedevelopment of a better CuO/Cu Vaporvolt cell.

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