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Phase Change Materials - Hot Summer Blog Series: Thermal Interface Materials

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Jun 25, 2015 2:07:00 PM

Phase Change Materials

This is the second post in our Hot Summer Blog Series about Thermal Management Materials.  In this post we will focus on Phase Change Materials.  

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Topics: Thermal Management, 2015 Summer Blog Series: Thermal Management

Thermal Gap Pads - HOT Summer Blog Series: Thermal Interface Materials

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Jun 3, 2015 2:14:42 PM

This is the kick-off to our Hot Summer Blog Series all about Thermal Management Materials.  

Why focus on Thermal management Materials?  Incredible technological advancements have been made over the past 30 years in electronic devices.  Just look at the image below.  

 

 

As devices have become smaller, thinner, and more powerful, the need for the efficient removal of heat has become critical to the reliability and longevity of the device. Heat is a normal by-product of electronics operation. Thermal Management Materials exist to aid in the efficient conduction of heat within these devices to keep them running at a safe operating temperature.  There are many different types of Thermal Management Materials offering a range of conductivities, thicknesses, and softness.  In this series, we will explore the different types, starting off with Thermal Gap Pads.  

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3M™ FRB Series, UL 94 5VA Flame Rating

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Nov 11, 2014 9:00:00 AM

This innovative material from 3M™ contains unique properties and has the ability enhance your applications.

The 3M™ Flame Barrier FRB Series is a flexible insulation for OEM electrical flame barrier applications.  The material is easily slit, die-cut and/or laminated to fit the requirements of your specific design.

Key Material Characteristics
•    UL 94 5VA flame rating
•    Excellent ignitability resistance
•    Excellent arc and track resistance
•    Good dielectric strength
•    Thermal index of 130°C
•    Very light weight and thin, saving cost and weight in final application
•    Available in white and black for optimal optical and aesthetic results

Applications
•    General purpose lighting luminaires (including LEDs)
•    Electric and hybrid vehicles (between batteries, power converters, etc.)
•    Appliances (vacuum cleaners, slow cookers, etc.)
•    Electrical devices

 

Contact us today for a sample.

Visit the 3M Site to learn more about this material.  Download the data sheet on our data sheets page.

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Topics: Thermal Management

Thermal Gap Pad vs. Thermal Grease

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Oct 8, 2014 2:00:00 PM

Within electronics assemblies, thermal gap pads and thermal grease are utilized to fill in gaps between a heat-generating component and a heat sink to create a clear pathway for heat to escape, keeping the device running at an optimal temperature. So which thermal interface solution is right for your application? To aid in your decision, we list a few pros and cons to both thermal gap pads and thermal grease.

Thermal pads -

Thermal pads, also known as thermal gap fillers and thermal gap pads, are a pre-formed rectangle or square of solid material. Thermal gap pads are often made of silicone or acrylic that contains a conductive filler. The advantages of thermal pads are that they have excellent dimensional stability, which makes them easily die-cut to achieve a consistent shape with each pad. The electronics manufacturer knows exactly what they are going to put into each assembly. The solid thermal gap pads are easy to handle, mess-free, and simple to install, leaving less room for assembly error.

Want to learn more about thermal gap pads? Check out this blog post: The Best Thermal Gap Pad for your Design

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Topics: Thermal Management

What are Thermal Interface Materials?

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Jun 5, 2014 1:55:00 PM

When I first heard the term “Thermal Interface Material” it sounded like the latest fabric invented by Patagonia for their new line of long-underwear. Little did I know, these materials are critical components found in the many electronics and lighting devices I use everyday.  

 

Why Are Thermal Interface Materials (TIMs) Needed?

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Topics: Thermal Management