Use of NanoFoil as a New Form of Heat Source in Thermal Batteries

Report No. ARl-TR-6141
Authors: Michael S. Ding, Frank C. Krieger, Jeffrey A. Swank, Jay C. Poret, Charles W. McMullan, and Gary Chen
Date/Pages: September 2012; 24 pages
Abstract: This report describes and discusses a series of experiments and results aimed at demonstrating the feasibility and the benefits of using NanoFoil as a new form of heat source in thermal batteries to replace the traditional pyrotechnic pressed pellets. These experiments included the study of the properties of the NanoFoil materials as related to their application to thermal batteries, and the construction, initiation, and testing of NanoFoil-heated multi-cell pressed-pellet thermal battery stacks and prototype thermal batteries. The results from some of the NanoFoil-heated stacks were further compared with those from their pyrotechnic-heated counterparts for the benefits and pitfalls of using NanoFoil in the place of pyrotechnic material in thermal batteries, particularly in thin-film thermal batteries.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: September 1, 2012