Novel Approach for Producing Thermally Conductive Composites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-10-M-5104
Agency Tracking Number: F093-130-0651
Amount: $99,938.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-130
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
Sommer Materials Research, Inc.
587 North Main Street, North Salt Lake, UT, 84054
DUNS: 101426141
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jared Sommer
 President
 (801) 397-2000
 jsommer@alum.mit.edu
Business Contact
 Jared Sommer
Title: President
Phone: (801) 397-2000
Email: jsommer@alum.mit.edu
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Composite materials utilizing graphite fibers can exhibit high axial thermal conductivities. However, thermal conduction perpendicular to the fiber direction in the composite is extremely low due to the acoustical mismatch between the carbon fiber and epoxy. Sommer Materials Research, Inc. proposes to increase phonon transfer through the epoxy/carbon fiber interfaces by modifying the composite material. In Phase I, feasibility of the proposed method will be demonstrated using thermal conductivity measurements. BENEFIT: It is anticipated that the proposed composite modification will produce higher through thickness conductivity, allowing a reduction in weight of radiators, electronic and structural components in satellite and aircraft applications.

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