HYDROGEN VENTILATION USING HIGH/LOW VENT WITH RISER TUBE

Example 4-Figure 4A

A battery enclosure using a high vent and a riser tube is shown in  Figure 4A & 4B. This type of ventilation system also attempts to use  the properties of natural convection as described in Example 2. The use  of a riser tube helps to prevent some of the unwanted thermal  convection described in Example 2 which can cause too much air flow and  excessive temperature extremes inside the box. 

Hydrogen Ventilation Using High Vent and Low Vents with Riser Tube, Cold Day.

Figure 4A shows that on a cool day, the lighter warm air and lighter  Hydrogen will rise together to the top of the box and exit from the high  vent. This will happen only if there is a wide enough temperature  difference between the warm and cold air to draw heavier cool air up the  riser tube, into the box.   

Example 4-Figure 4B

Hydrogen Ventilation Using High Vent and Low Vents with Riser Tube, Warm Day.

Figure 4B shows that on a warm day, when the inside temperature is cooler than outside, air flow through the vents will stagnate, allowing hydrogen to collect at the top of the box. Warm air tries to rise into the top vent, blocking the hydrogen from coming out. The Hydrogen is too light to sink down the riser tube, and most of the cool air in the box is trapped (natural convection) below the top of the riser tube preventing any significant reverse airflow. Without hydrogen ventilation, these stagnation conditions occur in conjunction with a battery charger in thermal runaway, and explosive levels are likely to build up inside the box.