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A Thermographic Measurement Approach to Assess Supercapacitor Electrical Performances

Departments of Metrology and Optoelectronics, Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics, Gdansk University of Technology, ul. G. Narutowicza 11/12, 80-288 Gdansk, Poland
Appl. Sci. 2017, 7(12), 1247; https://doi.org/10.3390/app7121247
Received: 17 October 2017 / Revised: 24 November 2017 / Accepted: 28 November 2017 / Published: 1 December 2017
This paper describes a proposal for the qualitative assessment of condition of supercapacitors based on the conducted thermographic measurements. The presented measurement stand was accompanied by the concept of methodology of performing tests. Necessary conditions, which were needed to minimize the influence of disturbing factors on the performance of thermal imaging measurements, were also indicated. Mentioned factors resulted from both: the hardware limitations and from the necessity to prepare samples. The algorithm that was used to determine the basic parameters for assessment has been presented. The article suggests to use additional factors that may facilitate the analysis of obtained results. Measuring the usefulness of the proposed methodology was tested on commercial samples of supercapacitors. All of the tests were taken in conjunction with the classical methods based on capacitance (C) and equivalent series resistance (ESR) measurements, which were also presented in the paper. Selected results presenting the observed changes occurring in both: basic parameters of supercapacitors and accompanying fluctuations of thermal fields, along with analysis, were shown. The observed limitations of the proposed assessment method and the suggestions for its development were also described. View Full-Text
Keywords: supercapacitor; thermovision; analysis; quality supercapacitor; thermovision; analysis; quality
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Galla, S. A Thermographic Measurement Approach to Assess Supercapacitor Electrical Performances. Appl. Sci. 2017, 7, 1247.

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