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Air Force Experience in Battery Monitoring

Russell Hallet

Reza Salavani

The United States Air Force (USAF) has been fielding power-conditioning equipment for over 30 years. The main piece of equipment in the last 15 years has been the solid state un interruptible power supply (SSUPS). With the introduction of the Valve Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) battery the need to determine the health of the cells was realized. This paper will cover the history of battery monitoring conducted by the Power Conditioning and Continuation Interfacing Equipment (PCCIE) office and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), values used in analyzing cells and how they were derived, and experiences in monitoring.

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