Aspects of lead/acid battery technology 8. Battery oxide
The basic component of present-day lead/acid battery active materials is a high metallic lead oxide that is made in attrition mills or Barton pots. The composition of this material dictates the process of plate manufacture and confers to the active materials a particle-to-particle bonding from which stems material strength and service life. The operation and control parameters of attrition mills and Barton pots are described. The level of free lead in the oxide dictates the vigour of the subsequent plate curing reaction and the time interval over which a paste remains usable.
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