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Innovative COoling system for embedded Power Electronics

Objective

The main goal of this project is the design of innovative and efficient air cooled heat sinks to cool the power electronics modules that are a key component of the more electrical aircraft power management centre design. The new design is expected to be developed in two stages. The first one should be covered by the implementation of Annealed Pyrolytic Graphite (APG) and folded brazed fins, while in the second the integration of Metal Matrix Composites (MMC) is expected. The final target of the development is the reduction of weight of the whole power management system (bay integrating four heat sinks), while maintaining an efficient and reliable cooling.
Coming from advances in the power semiconductors field, by the use of high-temperature and more efficient materials such as Silicon Carbide (SiC) and Gallium Nitride (GAN), the thermal management strategy could take into consideration the implementation of air cooled solutions, which are expected to reduce the overall weight comparing to liquid or two-phase flow solutions, while also adding some benefits in terms of reliability and maintenance aspects.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Net EU contribution
€ 419 033,62
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Spain

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Region
Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,38

Participants (2)

BOYD TECHNOLOGIES ASHINGTON UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 263 988,38
Address
Unit Wansbeck Business Park 12
NE63 8QW Ashington

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Region
North East (England) Northumberland and Tyne and Wear Northumberland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 113 137,87
SCHUNK CARBON TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 103 143,25
Address
Au 62
4822 Bad Goisern

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Region
Westösterreich Oberösterreich Traunviertel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 44 204,25