DIAMOND FIBERS FOR HEAT SINKS*DIAMOND FIBERS FOR THERMAL ENERGY MANAGEMENT

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$50,059.00
Award Year:
1991
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
15612
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Applied Sciences Inc
800 Livermore Street, Yellow Springs, OH, 45387
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Max L Lake
Principal Investigator
(513) 767-1477
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
DIAMOND FIBER, WHEN A HIGHLY-GRAPHITIC CORE FIBER OF 1 TO 5 MICRONS HAS A DIAMOND COATING OF 2 TO 10 MICRONS, IS A HYBRID FIBER WITH PREDOMINATELY DIAMOND PROPERTIES. THIS ENABLES TAILORING OF FIBER COEFFICIENTS OF THEMAL CONDUCTIVITY (CTE) TO ALLOW MATCHING TO THE CTE OF DEVICES MOUNTED ON A COMPOSITE FABRICATED FROM SUCH FIBERS. THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY OF THE POLYCRYSTALLINE FIBERS IS EXPECTED TO BE ISOTROPIC, AT 600 W/M-K. AS SUGGESTED BY EXPERIMENTS 20 YEARS AGO, A VLS PROCESS UTILIZING 1990 TECHNOLOGY FOR CVD DIAMOND PRODUCTION, COUPLED WITH A VLLS METHOD FOR VAPOR GROAN CARBON FIBER TECHNOLOGY CAN PRODUCE WHISKERS WITH MORPHOLOGY LIKE DIAMOND WHISKERS. EDAX SHOWS THESE FIBERS TO BE PURE CARBON. IF CONFIRMED TO BE SINGLE CRYSTAL DIAMOND, THIS FIBER COULD BE USEFUL IN RADIATION-HARD FIBER OPTICS AS WELL AS A COMPOSITE REINFORCEMENT WITH ISOTROPIC THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY IN EXCESS OF 2000 W/M-K, AND A CTE SIMILAR TO SILICON.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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