Smart sensors, either embedded within the elastomer compound or printed directly on its surface, can monitor a wide range of parameters relating to battery behavior, providing data to manufacturers that is invaluable to further develop the technology in terms of the chemistry of the cells, how they react to charging procedures, and how they ultimately contribute to the operation of the vehicle. The elastomers can also add value through the ability to conduct electricity, thermal energy, and even to shield certain areas from electromagnetic signals – all of this in addition to providing the very highest levels of seal integrity.
Datwyler’s Advanced Technologies team is pioneering a number of integrated and printed electronics technologies, leveraging its enhanced capabilities in terms of material testing and analysis. Projects are designed to be future-oriented in order to best support the advancement of new mobility solutions, and focus on areas such as, printed and integrated electronic components and electroactive polymers. Compounds with these additional functionalities will add significant value in terms of data capture and analysis, and also to the safety of the vehicle and its users overall.