High Conductivity, Low-Cost Aluminum Composite for Thermal Management

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 32518
Amount: $99,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1996
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2257 South 1100 East, Salt Lake City, UT, 84106
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jared Sommer
 (801) 485-4991
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Research Institution
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.

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