I have read quite a bit about lead burning, but it does not seem appropriat e for my requirement.
From a previous life in the Middle East I inherited about 100 lead acid cel ls. I emptied the acid out, washed them thoroughly with distilled water, th en dried them in the sun, - there was lots of it! I sealed the tops and shi pped them all back to UK. From time to time I have resurrected a few to mak e up 12 volt batteries and full of sulphuric acid they performed OK and las ted a reasonable time.
A few years ago I was looking at connecting a lot together to run a more po werful inverter. but it has become more and more difficult to get sulphuric acid, health and safety don't you know.
I discovered that the electrolyte could be change to a saturated solution o f Alum (aluminium Sulphate) which is pretty docile compared to the acid an d works as well. I got a bank working OK but soon noticed a few cells were getting a very high internal resistance and finally found that the positive cells were kind of corroded so as to break off and the junction of the pos . post and the bar holding the plates.
This was nothing to do with the electrolyte as even the ones full of acid w ere the same and fresh ones from my old stock showed a very weak join on th e same place. I can only assume that the age of these cells has caused the internal corrosion in this area and it is only the Pos. plates which are af fected, the negative ones are like new and very strongly connected.
I tried my hand at soldering then together, but failed miserably and tried to clamp the fracture together in one cell but the resistance of the clampe d break, which I filed to give a clean metal to metal joint is very high an d so the discharge current is tiny compared with a good cell.
So how do you weld lead stopping it all from falling into a molten mess?
The lead sections to be re-joined are quite thick at about a quarter of an inch, but it may need to be set up in a kind of jig, or mould, to allow the lead to flow without it all melting at once.
Has anyone any ideas of how I might recover so many cells without giving up the rest of my life to the task?
Thanks for any thoughts. Oh yes I have just installed a 40 Kw 3 phase gene rator in my workshop but it is far too noisy and also I don't really need s o much horsepower It is driven by an air cooled Lister 4 cylinder diesel. I don't suppose anyone would like to swap this for a 15-20 Kw QUIET set I li ve in Norfolk and it is a bit heavy too, but I can lift it with my old JCB. I also have a couple of 30 Hp motors for sale or swap and a strange 400 c/ s or rather Hertz Yes that is not a misprint it is 3 phase 415 volts and wa s part of a frequency converter and was driven in line by the motor above. Made to computer standards by Maudsley. I can send details and photos to a nyone interested, I think there are already some on my website which is Ma ribel Eco Systems dot Co dot UK. in the old engines section the title has n o spaces by the way, no caps either.