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Development Of A Prototype Lithium Ion Battery for the F-16, F-18, and F-117 Aircraft
ISSN: 0148-7191, e-ISSN: 2688-3627
Published October 31, 2000 by SAE International in United States
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Event: Power Systems Conference
Development of a lithium ion battery that will meet the requirements of all three aircraft, F-16, F-18, and F-117, is on going at the SAFT Research and Development Center in Cockeysville, MD. Seven high power cells, type HP47178, are connected in series to provide 28VDC and a C rate capacity of 16Ah. This cell pack fits into the smallest volume of the three aircraft, which is the 7.5 Ah lead acid box used on the F-18. Cell construction consists of spiral wound thin electrodes in a cylindrical steel case. The case negative design employs a center hole for improved thermal management. The battery containing cells with low temperature electrolyte meets the required F-16 duty cycle at temperatures from −20°C to +71°C. At −30°C the voltage is marginal. Lower temperatures down to −40°C will require heaters. The weight and volume of the lithium ion cell pack is considerably less than the nickel cadmium and lead acid batteries that would be replaced.
CitationBriscoe, J., "Development Of A Prototype Lithium Ion Battery for the F-16, F-18, and F-117 Aircraft," SAE Technical Paper 2000-01-3592, 2000, https://doi.org/10.4271/2000-01-3592.
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