3D imaging techniques such as X-ray CT and FIB-SEM make it possible to capture the geometry of battery materials at very fine scales. Analysis is made of characteristics such as the distribution of ions, interaction between different active materials, and the effect of porosity on performance.
Researchers using Simpleware Software generate high-quality computational models from these 3D images, which are suitable for import to physics-based solvers for simulation of physical properties. The information obtained is then used to better inform design decisions and understand defects.
Virtual evaluations using Simpleware Software have the following benefits:
- Ability to model details of complex material geometry and explore impact on properties
- Computational simulation testing complements and potentially reduces reliance on costly experimental testing
- Software environment is quickly learnt and customized to specific workflows
With Simpleware Software, workflows can include:
- Visualization of the inner structure of batteries
- Statistical analysis of images, for example porosity
- Creation of high-quality FE/CFD meshes ready for simulation
- Calculation of effective material properties (stiffness, permeability...)