CarbAl(TM) Based Thermal Management for Space Flight Systems Application

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX13CC65P
Agency Tracking Number: 125643
Amount: $124,984.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: S3.04
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
TX, Austin, TX, 78758-7631
DUNS: 013475129
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Novak
 Director of Thermal Management
 (512) 339-5020
 jnovak@appliednanotech.net
Business Contact
 Betsy Shelton
Title: Business Official
Phone: (512) 339-5020
Email: bshelton@appliednanotech.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Thermal Transfer is a critical part of power electronics application in both terrestrial and space environments. Due to longer lifetime expectancies and harsh operational conditions, space vehicles require unique materials to deal with the increasing electrical and thermal loads placed upon the structure. Increasing use of power electronics including high current carrying semiconductor devices such as IGBTs, MOSFETs, power transistors, and modules drive the need for specialty thermal management materials both in the packaging of the discrete devices as well as for the packaging of modules consisting of several or arrays of these devices.The overall objective of this program (Phase I and Phase II) is to adapt CarbAl(TM)-based advanced thermal management substrates from terrestrial to space applications. CarbAl(TM) is a carbon-based thermal composite with a thermal performance exceeding that of many metals. The low CTE provides excellent matching to state-of-the-art power transistor dies and the low density and robustness make it suitable for space vehicle applications. The proposed Phase I program is a continuation of the materials development completed internally at ANI. If successful, the technology developed through this project will provide and accurate, robust, reliable and cost effective.

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