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Effective Thermophysical Properties of Thermal Interface Materials: Part II — Experiments and Data

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I. Savija, J. R. Culham, M. M. Yovanovich

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada

Paper No. IPACK2003-35264, pp. 567-573; 7 pages
  • ASME 2003 International Electronic Packaging Technical Conference and Exhibition
  • 2003 International Electronic Packaging Technical Conference and Exhibition, Volume 2
  • Maui, Hawaii, USA, July 6–11, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3690-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3674-6
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


A new method for determining effective thermal conductivity and Young’s modulus in thermal interface materials is demonstrated. The method denoted as the Bulk Resistance Method (BRM) uses empircal thermal resistance data and analytical modeling to accurately predict thermophysical properties that account for insitu changes in material thickness due to external loading and thermal expansion. The BRM is demonstrated using commercially available sheets of Grafoil GTA. Tests were performed on thermal joints consisting of two Al 2024 machined surfaces with layers of Grafoil GTA in the interface. Test conditions included a vacuum environment, 0.2–6.5 MPa contact pressure, a nominal 50°C mean interface temperature and a continuous loading and unloading cycle. Test results indicated that the BRM consistently predicted thermal conductivity independent of the number of layers tested and that the predicted results were significantly lower than values reported using conventional ASTM test procedures.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME



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