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ELEKTRO 12/2017 was released on December 6th 2017. Its digital version will be available on January 5th 2018.

Topic: Measurement, measuring devices and engineering; Testing and diagnostics

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Measurements on rotating machines using SFRA method
Application possibilities of ultra-capacitors or LiFePO4 batteries in trolley network of the Brno Public Transit Company

SVĚTLO (Light) 6/2017 was released on December 11th 2017. Its digital version will be available on january 11th 2018.

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The lighting of university building Centrale Supélec in Saclay in France
The light for our future

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This Battery Will Self-Destruct in 30 Minutes

08.08.2016 | Iowa State University | www.news.iastate.edu

Self-destructing electronic devices could keep military secrets out of enemy hands. Or they could save patients the pain of removing a medical device. Or, they could allow environmental sensors to wash away in the rain.

Making such devices possible is the goal of a relatively new field of study called “transient electronics.” These transient devices could perform a variety of functions – until exposure to light, heat or liquid triggers their destruction. The latest development from the Iowa State University lab is a self-destructing, lithium-ion battery capable of delivering 2.5 volts and dissolving or dissipating in 30 minutes when dropped in water. The battery can power a desktop calculator for about 15 minutes.

Self-destructing Battery

The battery itself is tiny – about 1 millimeter thick, 5 millimeters long and 6 millimeters wide. The battery components, structure and electrochemical reactions are all very close to commercially developed battery technology. But, when you drop it in water, the polymer casing swells, breaks apart the electrodes and dissolves away. The battery contains nanoparticles that don’t degrade, but they do disperse as the battery’s casing breaks the electrodes apart.

Read more at Iowa State University

Image Credit: Iowa State University

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