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Final Report - HEATCONDUCTIVES (New High Heat Conducting Materials and Manufacturing Processes for Improved Efficiency of Heat Management and Packaging Components in Electronics)

Project ID: 17687
Funded under: FP6-SME

Abstract

HEATCONDUCTIVES was a European funded project within the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) whose aim was to improve the efficiency and reliability of electronic systems by use of innovative high-heat conductivity materials and products formed by the combination of copper and new carbon nanofibres and nanotubes of outstanding thermal conductivity. Conventional and innovative manufacturing processes were developed to produce thin foils and three-dimensional (3D) near net-shape components.

The specific objectives of the project and its main outcomes were:
- the development of novel high conductivity, low cost Vapour grown carbon nanofibres (VGCNFs) and Carbon nanotubes (CNTs);
- production of feedstock for Metal injection moulding (MIM) and tape casting with copper, VGCNFs and CNTs and the development of a method to coat VGCNFs and CNTs with copper;
- the development of metal matrix composite two-dimensional (2D) and 3D manufacturing processes (tape casting and MIM);
- the validation of technologies developed by the production of industrial components, mounting, assembling and evaluation of electronic devices.

In general, the base plate materials did not show the expected large increases in thermal performance. This was primarily due to the continuing problem of the interaction between copper and carbon. Whilst significant improvements have been made to improve the physical interface region between copper (Cu) and carbon (C), the lack of chemical interaction continued to prevent the optimum use of the good thermal properties of the carbon nanofibres.

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Record Number: 10986 / Last updated on: 2012-04-12
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