Capacity loss on storage and possible capacity recovery for HST nickel-hydrogen cells
- Lowery, John E.
- Feb 1, 1992.
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- Negatively precharged nickel hydrogen cells will experience a useable capacity loss during extended open circuit storage periods. Some of the lost capacity can be recovered through cycling. Capacity recovery through cycling can be enhanced by cycling at high depths of discharge (DOD). The most timely procedure for recovering the faded capacity is to charge the cell fully and allow the cell to sit open-circuit at room temperature. This procedure seems to be effective in part because of the enlarged structure of the active materials. The compounds that formed during storage at the low electrode potentials can more easily dissolve and redistribute. All of the original capacity cannot be recovered because the lattice structure of the active material is irreversibly altered during storage. The recommendation is to use positively precharged cells activated with 26 percent KOH if possible. In aerospace applications, the benefits of negative precharge are offset by the possibility of delays and storage periods.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19920013537.
Accession ID: 92N22780.
The 1991 NASA Aerospace Battery Workshop; p 849-871.
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