The Projectile Test


This test is known as the fire exposure and projectile test. It determines whether an exploding cell will spread fire on a large scale. Thermal runaway can result in fire and explosion. During the fire exposure test, if a cell explodes and the projectiles from the battery puncture the steel screen it sits on, that indicates that the cell has the capacity to spread fire on a large scale if it overheats.

The Science of Thermal Runaway

Engineering Solutions

From hoverboards to cell phones, portable electrical power makes life as we know it possible. But it can come with some dangerous possibilities. Let’s investigate, experiment and search for solutions.

The Science of Extraction to E-Waste

Trade-Offs & the Supply Chain

Safe and sustainable cities will depend on lithium-ion batteries to power our modern lives. But what are the costs?

The Science of Fire Forensics

Claims, Evidence and Reasoning

There’s been a fire. Your job is to figure out where the fire started, and how.


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