Several promising Li-ion technologies incorporate micro- and nanoarchitectured carbon networks, typically in the form of whisker/particle blends bonded with thermoplastic binders, in the electrodes. Degradation of these battery electrode materials is currently a persistent problem, with damage presenting as blistering and/or delamination. We are investigating bonding in micro- and nanostructured materials in order to predict onset of this degradation of these stochastic materials. Here, we describe a general methodology in modeling the small junctures in these porous network materials. We have found previously that the joint properties are the controlling feature in a significant class of materials, and suggest that 3D simulations on the bonds may be used in 2D simulations of overall network behavior.

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