Learn how industrial computed tomography (CT) scanning can help secure EV battery safety, reliability, and performance.
Industrial computed tomography (CT) scanning or x-ray scanning is a game-changing technology for electric vehicle (EV) battery defect analysis. With its ability to generate high-resolution 3D images of the interior of complex objects, CT scanning provides unparalleled insight into the structure and composition of batteries. This makes it an invaluable tool for detecting defects such as cracks, voids, and foreign materials that can compromise electric car battery performance and safety.
Industrial computed tomography scanning, just like medical CT for human/animal use, is the process of gathering 2D x-ray slice images and reconstructing them into a full internal and external 3D digital data set. The data is then used to analyze or certify products. It is sometimes referred to as x-ray material testing.
To diagnose flaws that can disturb the functionality of EV batteries, manufacturers need robust, traceable metrology with excellent repeatability. The best EV battery inspection labs will utilize an industrial CT scanner with high-speed x-ray scanning capabilities and post-scan processing software that can provide visual inspection of these internal defects.
In addition to its diagnostic capabilities, CT scanning also offers significant advantages in terms of speed, accuracy, and cost-effectiveness. Unlike traditional destructive testing methods, which require the disassembly of batteries, can take days or even weeks to complete, and are not to mention hazardous, CT scanning can provide detailed results in a matter of hours. This not only saves time but also reduces costs by minimizing the need for expensive equipment and specialized personnel.
There are upwards of 10 million electric cars on the road today with that number climbing, especially in the top three markets. Electric car sales for 2023 are expected to continue this upward climb. Climate demands and EV policies are driving the projections. Due to this scenario, battery manufacturing plants are expanding and will need to keep up with demand. Overall, industrial CT scanning services are a must-have for any company involved in EV battery production or maintenance. By enabling rapid and accurate defect detection, it helps ensure that batteries are safe, reliable, and perform at their best. EV battery manufacturers are at a critical stage of evolution and need to gain the trust of the market. Industrial CT scanning offers a powerful solution for manufacturers looking to gain or maintain a competitive edge in this rapidly evolving industry.
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