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High Conductivity, Low-Cost Aluminum Composite for Thermal Management

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
32518
Program Year/Program:
1996 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
32518
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
TECHNICAL RESEARCH ASSOC., INC.
P.O. Box 15278 Honolulu, HI 96830
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1996
Title: High Conductivity, Low-Cost Aluminum Composite for Thermal Management
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $99,000.00
 

Abstract:

Among composite materials, aluminum/graphite and copper/graphite composites are potentially leading materials for use in high-performance electronic systems. The use of aluminum matrix (Al/Gr) composites for packaging material, however, have been severely limited because of the raw material and fabrication costs of the composite. In order to produce an inexpensive packaging material that exhibits high thermal conductivity and low density, Technical Research Associates, Inc. proposes to economically incorporate natural flake graphite in an aluminum matrix. Flake graphite is inexpensive and exhibits high thermal conductivity and low density. A thin molybdenum coating on the surface of the graphite flake will protect the graphite against aluminum reaction and facilitate wetting. A novel technique will be employed to incorporate the graphite flake in molten aluminum. The resulting composite will be less dense and exhibit higher thermal conductivity than aluminum. The coefficient of thermal expansion of the composite may be tailored for specific applications. The composite may also exhibit exceptionally high corrosion resistance.

Principal Investigator:

Jared Sommer
8014854991

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Technical Research Associates,
2257 South 1100 East Salt Lake City, UT 84106

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No