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Eagle Pitcher (the battery company) had some problems with their sealed = batteries and dendrite growth when dischaged and left un-used. I recall = a topic on wiskers, but I dont know if its the same chemical process.
I am trying to calculate if the atmosphere has an affect on the growth of dendrites, e.g. copper. Eliminating the atmosphere and growing dendrites in a vacuum may prove to be difficult to run, as the electrolyte will outgas and thus evaporate. However, if a test was constructed using Argon or any other inert gas would one notice an effect? Consider another test. Rather than using an inert gas, used CO2, could this effect the growth of a dendrite. Are there papers on the atmospheric effect on dendrite growths? Can anyone propose any potential effects the atmosphere may have? Or is the electrolyte the "dendrite's atmosphere" and this vehicle may pick up atmospheric contaminates that could produces various species?
WayneL =20 Most theories of dendrite growth attribute this habit to differential concentrations of impurities on certain crystal faces, edges, corners, etc.=20 But these theories were devised for metal melts.
J.J. Bell Labs may have published info on dendrites as the telephone = companies had trouble with dendrites in sealed crystal filters. One of the repair practices = was to put a "megger" on selected connections and burn the dendrite clear. I seem to remember = Bell Labs publishing something on the problem. The filter problem (I think) involved Tin. = The problems I remember were in the 1950's time frame.