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Low Thermal Resistance Integrated Package and Heat Sink for HEV IGBT Modules

Award Information

Department of Energy
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
06 c
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Small Business Information
91 S. STREET UPTON, MA 01568-1445
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Low Thermal Resistance Integrated Package and Heat Sink for HEV IGBT Modules
Agency: DOE
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $100,000.00


There is a growing demand for power electronics that can operate under the high temperature and high power conditions that will be encountered in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV). As the coolant temperature used to dissipate heat from electronics increases, the operation of power semiconductor devices such as Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBTs) becomes severely limited in order that the safe operating temperature limit of the semiconductor devices not be exceeded. There is a need for high efficiency low-cost heat sink technology to support next generation high power, high reliability HEV IGBT power modules. The proposed effort is focused on the development of a unique, high efficiency integrated package and heat sink technology for application to IGBT power modules. The heat sink is enabled by a dielectric-graphite-metal composite material which provides for electrical isolation of the electronic components and circuitry, minimizes the thermal resistance between the electronics and the heat sink fluid and provides CTE matching of the composite material stack-up to minimize thermal stresses resulting from power and temperature cycling. There is a critical need for advanced active cooling solutions with improved thermal properties capable of meeting the thermal management requirements of current and future high power HEV IGBT modules. The research objectives of this project are the development of the design and manufacturing process for the components of the proposed heat sink assembly; and the demonstration of the heat sink

Principal Investigator:

James Connell

Business Contact:

James Connell
Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Thermal Technologies, Llc
91 South Street Upton, MA 01568

EIN/Tax ID: 841629037
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Auburn University
310 Samford Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
Contact: Gene Taylor
Contact Phone: 3348444438