Tag Archives: thermal interface material

How To Video shows Best Ways to Remove Thermal Tape from Heat Sinks

In this Advanced Thermal Solutions “how to” video, we teach you how to remove three kinds of thermal interface material from a heat sink. Thermal Tape, Phase Change Material and Thermal Grease.

Should Engineers be Concerned with Thermal Grease Reliability in Electronics Cooling?

In our Qpedia Thermal eMagazine we reported on whether or not thermal grease is a reliable thermal interface material. When thermal greases are operated for an extended length of time the thermal interface resistance can actually increase. The degradation mechanisms of greases are considerably different and more complicated to characterize than other thermal interface solutions. In this article we explore the failure mechanisms of grease interface layers as well as reliability testing and results.

To read this Qpedia Thermal eJournal article in full, just click to this link: Long Term Thermal Grease Reliability

To learn more about thermal interface material, join our free webinar on “Understanding and Choosing the Best Thermal Interface Materials to Improve Heat Sink Thermal Performance“, Thursday, November 17th, 2PM

Thermal Interface Material Supplier List

We’ll be having our November webinar, “Understanding and Choosing the Best Thermal Interface Materials to Improve Heat Sink Thermal Performance ” on Thursday, November 17th at 2pm. There’s no cost to join in the conversation.

In the meantime we thought we’d list many of the current thermal interface companies in the market today to give you a “one stop” shop to source the right thermal interface material for your next project. Here’s the list, all links worked based on testing here at QATS.

  • Fujipoly:  Thermal putty and gap fillers.Don’t discount this stuff!  Worth a look for bridging the IC to the case without a heat sink. Also useful where you need to fill in spaces with odd shapes. In some applications can be near to phase change material performance
  • Chomerics: One of our faves. Phase Change Material (PCM) that works almost as good as grease but with none of the mess. You must have the proper pressure over time on the heat sink to the PCM to make this work well. Obviously, we would recommend our superGRIP or maxiGRIP for that task.
  • Bergquist: Various types of thermal material. Just announced a new phase change material type.
  • 3M: Thermal tape, pads and epoxies
  • AI Technology: Phase Change Material and Thermal Grease
  • Laird Technology: Gap filler, Phase Change Material, Thermal Grease
  • Honeywell: Phase Change Material and the innovative printable thermal material good to 150 degrees C.
  • Shin Etsu: Thermal greases, thermal gels, Phase Change Material and more
  • Dow Corning Thermal: Various thermal interface materials in both pads and films
  • Locktite Thermal: I won’t kid you, we aren’t fans of thermal epoxies but in some cases you just have to do it. Locktite has some nice products for that and we know several telecomm OEMs using them.
  • NuSiL: Offers low outgassing thermal interface material
  • Indium: Metal thermal interface materials

To learn more about thermal interface material, join our free webinar on Understanding and Choosing the Best Thermal Interface Materials to Improve Heat Sink Thermal Performance, Thursday, November 17th, 2PM

 

Webinar on Thermal Interface Material, Taught by Dr. Kaveh Azar, November 17 at 2PM

To cool hotter components, engineers are turning to larger fans and heat sinks and increased surface areas. The downside is that these hardware changes add significant cost to the design. Alternatively, a cooling systems performance can be improved just by using a better interface material to lower thermal resistance at the interface of the case and the heat sink. Participants will learn to overcome related thermal challenges by making simple and cost-effective changes in thermal interface materials.

Register for this webinar by clicking to our registration page here:  Understanding and Choosing the Best Thermal Interface Materials to Improve Heat Sink Thermal Performance

How to Apply Thermal Interface Material: Thermal Grease

In another video from our lab, Greg, an ATS thermal engineer, demonstrates the sometimes tricky application of thermal grease.  Thermal grease is among the best TIM conductors, but, it’s messy! Check Greg’s careful application for how to do it: