FRANK FLEMING

EDUCATION & TRAINING


Training: Graduate
Institution: Leeds University
Major/Area: Solid State Proton Conduction
Degree: Doctorate
Year Completed: 1981

Training: Undergraduate
Institution: De Montford University
Major/Area: Honors Applied Chemistry
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Year Completed: 1978

INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE

Business Development, Electric Applications Inc. (EAI), 2017 – Present

  • Responsible for new business development and electrochemical/technical support.

Chief Technical Officer, NorthStar Batteries (NSB), 2000 – 2016

  • One of the co-founders of NSB and served as its Chief Technical Officer for 16-years. NSB manufactures advanced lead-acid batteries for telecommunication, UPS and transportation applications.

  • Provide overall strategic and technical direction for NSB.

  • Responsible for the technical design and integrity of NSB products.

Global Director of Standby Development, Hawker Batteries, 1998 – 2000

  • Responsible for the strategic and technical direction of Hawker Batteries standby products for manufacturing facilities in Europe and US.

Technical Director, Hawker Energy Products Inc. US, 1995 – 1998

  • Member of acquisition team purchasing US based manufacturing facility and building a $25m extension.

  • Responsible for the redesign of existing product range in order to improve manufacturability, quality and reliability.

Technical Director, Hawker Energy Products Ltd. UK, 1989 – 1995

  • Relocation of the manufacturing facility from London to Newport, UK.

  • Ensuring product integrity and quality during transition and growth periods.

  • Introduction of new manufacturing processes and fundamental R&D.

  • Technical support for all sales functions including batteries for civil and military aviation.

Product & Process Development Manager, Chloride Automotive Batteries Ltd. UK, 1986 – 1999

  • Product & process development – including the design and implementation of a new rapid infrared thermal sensing formation process.

  • Responsible for the electrochemical design of the product. This resulted in the development of a computer-based expert system to design new product and optimize existing designs.

Applied Scientist, Chloride Technical Ltd., UK, 1981 – 1986

  • Research Scientist. Part of an R&D program in association with Salford University and the Danish Energy Research Laboratory, studying secondary lithium batteries. This work resulted in the development of a Lithium/PEO/V6O13 secondary button cell.

  • Member of a team of on-site 'trouble-shooters' whose role were to resolve local processing problems and to understand the unique electrochemical phenomena that plagued the Chloride VRLA product. During this time I spent extended periods working in the South African and US manufacturing facilities.

  • Research Scientist investigating the fundamentals of valve regulated lead-acid batteries.


PUBLICATIONS

 

  • The Gassing Behavior of Lead-Acid Negative Active Material and Development of a Quality Control Test for Lead Oxide Purity - Journal of Power Sources, 24 (1988) 127-136

  • The Effect of Tin on the Positive Active Material-Grid Interface in Maintenance Free Batteries - Power Sources, 13 (1991) 25-33

  • Thermal Management of VRLA Batteries using Phase Change Material - Proceedings of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1994)

  • Thermal Management for Hybrid Electric Vehicle VRLA Batteries - EVS 12 (1994) 27-37

  • EV Battery Life Extension in Field Testing - SAE 970243 (1997)

  • The Use of Lead-Tin Alloys in VRLA Batteries for Extreme Telecommunication Applications - INTELEC 9-3 (1997)

  • Making Better Use of Parallel Battery Strings at Solar Sites by the Inclusion of a Simple Monitoring Module - INTELEC 10-1 (1998)

  • Rapid Recharge Capability of VRLA Batteries for EV and HEV Applications - Journal of Power Sources 78 (1999) 237-243

  • Float Life Verification of a VRLA Battery Utilizing a High Purity Electrochemical System - INTELEC 3-3 (1999)

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