Why fast-charging reduces lithium-ion batteries’ output

  Lithium-ion batteries are seen as a solution for energy storage of the future and have become indispensible, especially in electromobility. Their key advantage is that they are able to store large amounts of energy but are still comparatively light and compact. Lithium-ion batteries however can develop a major problem during charging and that is […]

Understanding the benefits of solar power

  Using solar energy would be a logical route for us to follow in an effort to alleviate the energy shortage. But we don’t. There are several good reasons why South Africans are reticent, amongst them being the cost of installation, lack of a clear understanding about what is available and, the fact that feeding […]

Thermal stress on capacitors: failure prevention

  Failure of capacitors affects the other components in the circuit and causes secondary failures in many cases. This article discusses the failure modes and mechanisms in capacitors of various types which are typically used in electronic systems and methods to prevent capacitor failures due to thermal stress. Various types of passive components are used […]

Implementing a high-yield alternative assembly and reflow technology process

In a White Paper entitled “Comprehensive guidelines for the implementation of the AART process”  the authors* examine the entire alternative assembly and reflow technology (AART) process. It is designed to provide a process engineer with some of the knowledge necessary to implement a high-yield AART process. The AART principles illustrated in this paper can be […]

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