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Translating FTRC Results Into Practical Thermal Analysis Techniques


Sep 24, 2021 05:29 PM

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Peter J. Hughes
Battery Thermal Engineer @NASA
Peter J. Hughes received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from West Texas A&M University and is currently working on a PhD in Materials Engineering at the University of Houston. Peter is a full-time graduate Pathways Co-op at NASA Johnson Space Center where he primarily focuses on battery safety and thermal runaway characterization. Additionally, Hughes is developing techniques for thermal protection systems analysis. Over the last 3 years at JSC Peter has been involved in the design, development, and testing of the Small and Large Format Fractional Thermal Runaway Calorimeters (S-FTRC and L-FTRC) which provide high-fidelity data on the energy distributed by a cell undergoing thermal runaway. Recently, Peter has been working on developing techniques to incorporate FTRC data into assembly level models of Li-ion cells to aid in cell selection and system optimization for human space flight applications.