Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Liquid Batteries Doubling As Stability Control for Weight and Balance, and Ballast

Liquid Batteries Doubling As Stability Control for Weight and Balance, and Ballast
By Lance Winslow

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If you look at a hybrid car, or a fully electric automobile, then you will note that they have quite a few Batteries. Those batteries have liquid inside, and that liquid does move around. Yes, often they have membranes, baffles, or even a webbing which also doubles as a component of the battery to help it charge faster, or hold the charge longer. However, as long as they have liquid inside, we might be able to turn that challenge into an opportunity.

Okay so, let's talk about all this for second if we might.

There was a brilliant article on Physorg (dot) com recently titled; "Liquid batteries could level the load," posted on February 14, 2012 by David L. Chandler. Interestingly enough, the title of that article reminded me of an old engineering concept that I had long ago about a UAV or unmanned vehicle which would eat itself as it flew, as the wing spar would be wrapped in fuel and as it used up the fuel the wing would decrease its camber, and not needing that extra weight after climb-out it would increase its speed. Anyway you get the point.

Now then, taking this article title in Physorg (dot) com and dismissing what the article was really about, which was distributing the level of electric output - and then considering my engineering design, think about liquid batteries and how they might assist in the stability of aircraft, vessels, motorcycles, cars, rail, submarines, or other transportation devices when it really matters. What if the batteries were not box shaped, but layered on top of each other?

What if some of these batteries were redesigned either in long tubes, or very flat, going the length of the vehicle, or the length of the fuselage in an airplane? What if the batteries were quite large and went across the width of a large ship or vessel? What if they were used as stability control for submarine? There's actually no reason we can't do it, although it would take a little bit more engineering, and a little bit extra innovation.

Perhaps it's time to send the batteries back to the drawing board, and incorporate all those new battery technologies, which happened to use liquid, and figure out what we can do here? Even if we cannot modify the batteries in the way in which I suggest, perhaps they might be on some sort of a roller system where a very simple computer program working with a gyro can place them in the proper position as needed to serve as the ballast for stability control, or even steering? Please consider all this and think on it.

Lance Winslow has launched a new provocative series of eBooks on Innovation in America. Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank;

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