Stable crack growth in nanostructured Li-batteries

Katerina E Aifantis, J. P. Dempsey

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The formation of damage, which results from the large volume expansion of the active sites during electrochemical cycling, in rechargeable Li-batteries, is modelled from a fracture mechanics viewpoint to facilitate the selection of the most effective electrode materials and configurations. The present study is a first step towards examining stable cracking in such high-energy storage devices, by considering three different configurations at the nanoscale, which are currently at an experimental stage. As a result, stability diagrams concerning crack growth are constructed and compared for the following cases: (a) the electrodes are thin films, (b) the Li-insertion sites in the anode are nanofibre-like inclusions, (c) the active sites in both electrodes are spherical.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-211
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Power Sources
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 27 2005
Externally publishedYes



  • Cracking
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Li-batteries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrochemistry
  • Fuel Technology
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Energy (miscellaneous)

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