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For your xEV battery systems, you can choose from lots of standard silicone foams and get fairly standard cushioning properties. Or, you can choose supportive polyurethane foams designed specifically for damping and cushioning in electrical vehicle batteries. Manufactured by Aearo Technologies LLC, a 3M company, the selection includes cushioning polyurethane foams designed to absorb the swelling of lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery cells during charging and discharging cycles. They deliver compliant compression force against battery cells as they expand and supportive push back during low compression.
Compressible and energy absorbing foams are available with a wide range of surface textures including smooth and tacky. The pressure-sensitive adhesives also come in a variety of tacks for efficient assembly.
Soft, flexible, highly damped foams are engineered for high energy absorption to help control potential damage to battery components and connections from road vibration and external impact. They exert low force under high compression, making them ideal for shock protection and gasketing. Our compressible foams are available in a wide range of specified compression force deflection (CFD) curves and feature a very low compression set. The result is a consistent pushback force that helps maintain support to the battery cells.
A broad service temperature range exceeds typical use requirements. Foams help protect the battery cells, components and the module. They are engineered to help mitigate the detrimental effects of BSR and NVH throughout the battery module, which can add confidence that the electric vehicle will stay on the road and out of the shop.
xEV battery design engineers can choose from a broad range of surface finishes, densities, pressure-sensitive adhesive configurations and more. The product line can be customized to OEM design specifications, providing a truly unique and engineered solution for each application.
Polyurethane foams are a cost-effective material solution when compared to most silicone foams.
These customized and cost-effective engineered foams have proven successful for module, cell-to-cell and component cushioning from design through implementation.
Cell-to-cell cushioning foams show less than 5% performance loss under accelerated aging testing specific to the application. The foams meet UL 94-HBF flammability standards and will pass FMVSS-302. The material is produced and certified pursuant to automotive industry quality requirements.
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