Novel Approach for Producing Thermally Conductive Composites

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,938.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-10-M-5104
Agency Tracking Number:
F093-130-0651
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
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
101426141
Principal Investigator:
Jared Sommer
President
(801) 397-2000
jsommer@alum.mit.edu
Business Contact:
Jared Sommer
President
(801) 397-2000
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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