Thermal Enhancements for Separable Thermal Mechanical Interfaces
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
ABSTRACT: The purpose of the proposed SBIR program is to develop a thermally enhanced, separable thermal mechanical interface (STMI) that aims to significantly enhance heat transfer by providing a direct thermal path from the high power density components to the heat sink. In the current commercial off-the-shelf STMI multiple interfaces significantly increase the thermal resistance resulting in marginal heat transfer. The need for improved thermal performance is required as power densities of electronics increase. The primary objective of Phase I will be to model and develop a functional prototype STMI demonstrating the feasibility and potential thermal performance improvements compared to current state-of-the-art solutions. The thermal performance of the STMI will be enhanced by: (i) increasing the bulk thermal conductance of current state-of-the-art STMI, (ii) reducing the contact resistance by optimizing the clamp design, and (iii) integrating an innovative card lock mechanism to increase the contact area. Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) will collaborate with Lockheed Martin Corporation (LM), to build upon the internal research and development work separately performed on the STMI by ACT and LM, in order to achieve the Air Force objectives for STMI. BENEFIT: If the Phase II program is successful, ACT will have designed, fabricated, and demonstrated a STMI that is thermally superior to the current state of the art. The thermally enhanced STMI developed in this program will increase the conduction cooling capacity of current, as well as future, electronics systems used in the aerospace, defense, and commercial sectors. ACT has a strong grasp of the customer base due to the synergy between this technology and current product offerings. LM has acquired US Patent No. 0087089 for its cardlock clamp. ACT has also submitted for a patent for an embedded heat pipe cardlock clamp in 2012. Any further developments or combinations will be protected by patents. Depending on the final product outcome, licensing agreements between LM and ACT will be put in place to manufacture and sell this product.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.
1046 New Holland Avenue Lancaster, PA 17601-5688
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