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Smart Thermal conductive Al MMCs by casting

Objective

The ever–growing demand for heat evacuation applications in fields such as power microelectronics, e-mobility or (renewable) energy generation is motivating today's suppliers to come up with better and better heat conductive materials. Most of these products who were recently introduced to the market are carbon based materials aimed for extremely high heat conductivity (up to 2,000 W/mK). While delivering extremely good thermal properties, the carbon products themselves usually do not have a structural vale in terms of mechanical properties, hindering stand-alone applications. However, when enclosed in metal envelopes, they could be used to form MMC (Metal Matrix Composite) parts which are significantly more durable and strong. In THERMACO we intend to develop the best suitable manufacturing technology required to produce a high-strength, selectively reinforced Aluminium MMC with carbon based thermal reinforcements. We will create continuous highly heat conductive routes – consisting of carbon-based Graphene or TPG material – integrated within the structural part, that lead to dispersion/collection areas at surfaces with optimised thermal transfer properties. The structural material of the product will be regular cast Aluminium, thus allowing for an integration of those thermal highways into complex shaped, task-specific parts within a wide range of applications. The ability to cast such product will lead to a technological breakthrough and a change of concept in every heat management application, since the limiting factors of size of the cooling area or the demand for external heat transfer solutions (such as heatpipes) can be overcome. Due to the anisotropy of the carbon based thermal highways, a heat transfer can be realised through the part, without affecting it’s surrounding material, maintaining the mechanical stability of the application and enabling the usage of lighter designs and materials with a lower thermal stability than required before.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology/nano-materials/two-dimensional nanostructures/graphene
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/microelectronics

Call for proposal

FP7-2013-NMP-ICT-FOF(RTD)
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project
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Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET CHEMNITZ
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Strasse Der Nationen 62
09111 Chemnitz
Germany
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 656 440
Administrative Contact
Andreas Schubert (Prof.)

Participants (10)

TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 320 720
Address
Senate Building Technion City
32000 Haifa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jack Lavan (Mr.)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 306 234
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Luca Tomesani (Prof.)
INSTYTUT EKOLOGII TERENOW UPRZEMYSLOWIONYCH
Poland
EU contribution
€ 156 824
Address
Ulica Kossutha 6
40 844 Katowice
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Izabela Ratman-Klosinska (Ms.)
NRU GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 256 400
Address
Suedstrasse 3
09221 Neukirchen Erzgeb
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jürgen Jahn (Dr.)
Specialvalimo J. Pap Oy
Finland
EU contribution
€ 220 000
Address
Niittyrinne 3
02270 Espoo
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
András Dévényi (Dr.)
KNOWLEDGE INNOVATION MARKET S.L.
Spain
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€ 155 100
Address
Calle Venezuela 103 Planta 1 Puerta
08019 Barcelona
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jakub Kruszelnicki (Mr.)
GRAPHENEA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 263 453
Address
Paseo Mikeletegi 83
20009 San Sebastian Guipuzcoa
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jesus De La Fuente (Mr.)
COMITE EUROPEEN DE COOPERATION DES INDUSTRIES DE LA MACHINE-OUTIL CECIMO AISBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 93 600
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Avenue Louise 66
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Filip Geerts (Mr.)
INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 527 523
Address
Am Campeon 1-15
85579 Neubiberg
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mingxia Wu-Lutzenberger (Mrs.)
AUTOMOBILI LAMBORGHINI SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 443 700
Address
Via Modena 12
40019 Sant Agata Bolognese Bo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elena Boninsegni (Ms.)