Thermally Conductive, Carbon Foam Material for Constructing Silicon-Based Tracking Detectors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,645.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-08ER85223
Award Id:
89695
Agency Tracking Number:
n/a
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
209 Puente Ave, City of Industry, CA, 91746
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
026249487
Principal Investigator:
William Miller
Mr.
(626) 369-1273
bill.miller@allcomp.net
Business Contact:
William Miller
Mr.
(626) 369-1273
bill.miller@allcomp.net
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The next generation of silicon-based detectors for tracking charged-particles in high energy physics experiments must meet demanding requirements to limit material and stability, often in the presence of substantial heat loads and high radiation fields. In particular, a continuing advancement is needed in carbon-based composite material technology to minimize support-structure mass without sacrificing detector stability. This project involves a new design approach at the innermost detector layers, using specially-processed carbon foam for mounting and supporting pixels. The resulting thermally-enhanced, very-low-density carbon foam material will be ideally suited for transporting pixel electronic heat to an embedded cooling tube. In Phase I, test articles with a 600 fold increase in thermal conductivity over virgin foam will be produced, and cooling tests at the Large Hadron Collider will be conducted. In Phase II, further carbon enhancements will involve the addition of carbon nano-tubes to the foam structure. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The new carbon foam should have applicability to high-temperature heat exchangers for military and commercial aircraft, replacing Inconel and Hastelloy X fins. In addition, the carbon foam should serve as a replacement for honeycomb core materials in physics detectors where a lightweight thermally-conductive material is needed.

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