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Lithium-Ion Battery Safety



Although the underlying technology has roots dating back to the 1910s, lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries have been in widespread use only since introduced commercially in the early 1990s. Today, Li-ion battery usage ranges from small tool operation to transportation vehicles to aeronautic and space flight systems.

Li-ion batteries allow for greater battery energy density and a slower energy discharge rate, but there are safety issues with regards to storage, transportation and battery aging that must be addressed.

During this offering of the Safety and Health Learning Alliance guest speakers will provide insight into several mishaps within NASA and the resulting mitigation approaches, as well as insight into Li-ion battery safety lessons learned from the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and National Transportation Safety Board. Speakers include

  • Robert Swaim, National Resource Specialist, Aerospace Engineering Investigator, National Transportation Safety Board
  • Dr. Larry Valencourt, U.S. Army (retired)
  • Tamera Tucker, High-Energy Storage Systems, Safety Program and Certification Authority, U.S. Navy
  • Michael Milbert, Quality and Safety Analyst, NASA Safety Center
  • Penni Dalton, International Space Station Battery Subsystem Manager, NASA Glenn Research Center
  • Eric Darcy, Battery Technical Discipline Lead, NASA Johnson Space Center

Lithium-Ion Battery Safety


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