The thesis describes an electrochemical investigation into the
properties of various lead alloys used in the manufacture of leadacid
battery positive electrodes. The electrochemical results have
been discussed in terms of current nucleation and growth theories.
The morphological aspects of the discharge reaction have been
investigated and theories are presented describing some of the
important influences of various alloying ingredients. It has been
found possible to suggest trends important in the optimisation of
alloy composition for modern lead-acid battery grids. This aspect
is especially relevant to the development of maintenance free
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.