Carbon fiber solder matrix composite for thermal management of high power electronics
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2014
A carbon fiber based tin–silver–copper alloy matrix composite (CF-TIM) was developed via electrospinning of a mesophase pitch with polyimide and carbonization at 1000 °C, followed by sputter coating with titanium and gold, and alloy infiltration. The carbonized fibers, in film form, showed a thermal conductivity of [similar]4 W m−1 K−1 and the CF-TIM showed an anisotropic thermal conductivity of 41 ± 2 W m−1 K−1 in-plane and 20 ± 3 W m−1 K−1 through-plane. The thermal contact resistance of the CF-TIM was estimated to be below 1 K mm2 W−1. The CF-TIM showed no reduction in effective through-plane thermal conductivity after 1000 temperature cycles, which indicates the potential use of CF-TIM in thermal management applications.