another thing you might want to consider when designing your layout Is to avoid those narrow sections in the nickel. With a 5p of p42a you can draw serious current that may heat up those thin connections. You should probably double or tripple the nickel at this location or use additional wires on top.
Yep, I second this. Kapton tape is not abrasion resistant.
How thick is it? And how many amps do you plan to pull from it?
A general rule of thumb for the current handling of nickel is 1mm² can handle 10A continuously. So if your nickel is 0.2mm thick, then 50x0.2=10mm² or 100A continuous current draw.
5p of P42A can safely supply 150A continuous, so your nickel is a little under-spec’d if you plan to run that many amps.
I do really like your folded over wide nickel idea. That’s good outside-the-box thinking. What I would do if I were you is solder some copper (either the inside of a 12AWG copper wire, or some flat ¼" copper braid) along the edge of the nickel before you weld it in place.
Thank you again for reply! I think also think it is a good idea to stay with stuff people tried at first so a soldered copper or something like this is a better way to do it I think. Is there fishpaper arounf each p group on that photo? How does it hold altogether?
So to my understanding it is batteries of a p group first held with little spots of hot glue. Then silicon to secure them for heat. Then fishpaper secured with heat resistant tape. Then silicon (and maybe some hot glue first to hold in place) to hold between the fish paper of each p group. Is it right?
Where are you getting your nickel? I ordered my first welder (Malectrics) and need to start sourcing the bits and pieces so im ready to assemble my pack once it arrives.
Also a question… I get the whole path of least resistance thing so realistically there should never be an ark but is there any concern with your folded over method if there is an airgap or is it again because of the path of least resistance (law?) a non-issue.
Yep, that’s pretty much spot on! For my brick-packs I assemble all my p-groups and let them cure so they are solid, then I silicone them all together and clamp the whole brick together with really big clamps while it cures into a solid block
I get my stuff in bulk from china
I sell pre-cut tabs and 30mm nickel by-the-meter on my website, if you dont want to buy a kg and want it to your door in a reasonable timeframe.
The voltage across the whole folded nickel piece is the same, so there is no potential for a spark. That’s my understanding anyway. Some builders choose to insulate between nickel folds, but I have never had any issue with how I do it.