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Heat Dissipation in Epoxy/Amine-Based Gradient Composites with Alumina Particles: A Critical Evaluation of Thermal Conductivity Measurements

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Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH, Roseggerstrasse 12, 8700 Leoben, Austria
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Chair of Mechanics, Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Franz-Josef-Strasse 18, 8700 Leoben, Austria
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Chair of Chemistry of Polymeric Materials, Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Otto Gloeckel-Straße 2, 8700 Leoben, Austria
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Chair of Energy Conversion, TU Dortmund University, Emil-Figge-Strasse 50, 44227 Dortmund, Germany
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Institute for Chemistry and Technology of Materials, Graz University of Technology, NAWI Graz, Stremayrgasse 9, 8010 Graz, Austria
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Polymers 2018, 10(10), 1131; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym10101131
Received: 30 July 2018 / Revised: 2 October 2018 / Accepted: 8 October 2018 / Published: 11 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Polymers: Design, Function and Application)
For the design of the next generation of microelectronic packages, thermal management is one of the key aspects and must be met by the development of polymers with enhanced thermal conductivity. While all polymer classes show a very low thermal conductivity, this shortcoming can be compensated for by the addition of fillers, yielding polymer-based composite materials with high thermal conductivity. The inorganic fillers, however, are often available only in submicron- and micron-scaled dimensions and, consequently, can sediment during the curing reaction of the polymer matrix. In this study, an epoxy/amine resin was filled with nano- and submicron-scaled alumina particles, yielding a gradient composite. It was found that the thermal conductivity according to laser flash analysis of a sliced specimen ranged from 0.25 to 0.45 W·m−1·K−1 at room temperature. If the thermal conductivity of an uncut specimen was measured with a guarded heat flow meter, the ‘averaged’ thermal conductivity was measured to be only 0.25 W·m−1·K−1. Finite element analysis revealed that the heat dissipation through a gradient composite was of intermediate speed in comparison with homogeneous composites exhibiting a non-gradient thermal conductivity of 0.25 and 0.45 W·m−1·K−1. View Full-Text
Keywords: epoxy/amine resin; alumina particles; thermal conductivity; thermal management; gradient composite epoxy/amine resin; alumina particles; thermal conductivity; thermal management; gradient composite
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Morak, M.; Marx, P.; Gschwandl, M.; Fuchs, P.F.; Pfost, M.; Wiesbrock, F. Heat Dissipation in Epoxy/Amine-Based Gradient Composites with Alumina Particles: A Critical Evaluation of Thermal Conductivity Measurements. Polymers 2018, 10, 1131.

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