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Thermal expansion and thermal conductivity of continuous carbon fibre reinforced copper matrix composites

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3 Author(s)
Korab, J. ; Seibersdorf Osterreichische Forschungszentrum, Austria ; Korb, G. ; Sebo, P.

Carbon fibre reinforced copper matrix composites with adequate quality are promising materials in applications where heat transport plays an important role, e.g. as heat sinks for the electronics industry. Apart from good thermal conductivity, a low coefficient of thermal expansion is also important. In order to produce the material in an economical manner, the approach here used continuous PAN-type carbon fibres (Torayca T300). The fibres have been continuously copper coated, and unidirectional and cross-ply samples have been produced by diffusion bonding. The coefficient of thermal expansion and thermal conductivity of the material have been investigated. Thermophysical properties have been measured in both longitudinal and transverse directions to the fibre orientation. The results showed that the cross-ply Cu-Cf MMC produced from the Torayca T300 fibres may be a suitable candidate for heat sinks because of its good thermophysical properties, e.g. in-plane thermal conductivity (≈145 W/m.K), through-thickness conductivity (≈50 W/m.K), low density (≈5 g/cm 3) and the low coefficient of thermal expansion (8-9×10 -6 K-1)

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Electronics Manufacturing Technology Symposium, 1998. IEMT-Europe 1998. Twenty-Second IEEE/CPMT International

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27-29 Apr 1998