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Novel Composite for High Performance Thermal Interface Material

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-17-C-0422
Agency Tracking Number: N171-081-1089
Amount: $124,918.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N171-081
Solicitation Number: 2017.1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-06-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-12-01
Small Business Information
135 Isaiah Trail, Belgrade, MT, 59714
DUNS: 080143120
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Driscoll
 (406) 570-0686
Business Contact
 John Bognar
Phone: (406) 570-7364
Research Institution
Navy operational needs dictate that thermal interface materials (TIMs) have high thermal conductance, high dielectric strength, form non-permanent bonds, and be resilient to vibration and abrasion. Available TIMs each satisfy a portion of these requirements, but not all of them.
Glacigen Materials will develop a new class of TIM by creating a novel composite material. This material will be embodied as a sheet of tailorable thickness with very high through thickness thermal conductivity (exceeding 5000 W/m2-K), but limited thermal conductivity in-plane. Glacigen will subsequently demonstrate the capacity to engineer in-plane anisotropy where the thermal conductivity along a single direction is favored over other directions. Phase I work will demonstrate the process which enables the unique matrix microstructure with relevant materials and then impregnating the composite matrix with the functional phase. Phase I work will conclude with thermal and mechanical characterization. Phase I option work will demonstrate scaling and engineered anisotropy.

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