Analysis of manufacturing-induced defects and structural deformations in lithium-ion batteries using computed tomography

Yi Wu, Saurabh Saxena, Yinjiao Xing, Youren Wang, Chuan Li, Winco K.C. Yung, Michael Pecht

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Premature battery drain, swelling and fires/explosions in lithium-ion batteries have caused wide-scale customer concerns, product recalls, and huge financial losses in a wide range of products including smartphones, laptops, e-cigarettes, hoverboards, cars, and commercial aircraft. Most of these problems are caused by defects which are difficult to detect using conventional nondestructive electrical methods and disassembly-based destructive analysis. This paper develops an effective computed tomography (CT)-based nondestructive approach to assess battery quality and identify manufacturing-induced defects and structural deformations in batteries. Several unique case studies from commercial e-cigarette and smartphone applications are presented to show where CT analysis methods work.

Original languageEnglish
Article number925
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018


  • Battery defects
  • CT scan
  • Failure analysis
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • X-ray computed tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Energy (miscellaneous)
  • Control and Optimization
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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