The energy and power requirements of sodium/sulphur batteries to meet three different rail-traction applications are considered. Cell design options to meet these requirements are discussed briefly, and it can be shown that the central-sulphur tube-cell design can meet the requirements of the three rail-traction applications. The design features of a central-sulphur cell design are discussed and data are presented to indicate the state of cell development in terms of cell performance, reliability reproducibility and safety. The electrical properties of cells connected in series/parallel arrays for battery operation are discussed, together with battery thermal management and safety. A practical 10 kWh battery comprising 176 cells connected as two 11 x 8 series-parallel arrays has been tested, and problems which can arise from overdischarge, thermal management and electrical short circuits are discussed.

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 1157
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 126
    • Issue Number: 11

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00310633
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Railways
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1980 12:00AM