across an undefined thickness. Thermal resistance varies with thickness. Test Methods – ASTM D 2 in. diameter stack (ref. in2) – psi, 1 hour. In this paper we will present work-to-date on an ASTM D standard apparatus where we have tried to incorporate improvements implemented or suggested. Abstract. The ASTM D standard is currently being revised to cover a test method for the measurement of thermal impedance and calculation of an.

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A round robin of tests in different labs, and with several different TIMs, is ultimately required to conclude the superior reproducibility of stepped-bar ASTM D approach. The thermal resistance versus applied pressure for these samples is shown in Figure 4. Figure 5 shows the frequency histogram for all measurements of the TC gap pad using the aastm ASTM D with stainless-steel reference bars.

Examples include gels, soft, and hard rubbers. This figure is reproduced from [4] with permission form ASME. Calculations are made as if the specimens were homogeneous. Standardized testing is useful, however, for comparing TIMs in research and development. The intercept at zero thickness is the sum of the contact resistances at the two surfaces. Curve-fitting procedure in upper reference bar of the stepped-bar ASTM D for a representative measurement.

Curve-fitting procedure in upper reference bar of the astm d ASTM D astm d asfm representative measurement. The dotted red line indicates the average value of the thermal resistance measurements. This result indicates that ast stepped-bar approach can be implemented with no significant loss in measurement accuracy. This method is now deleted because of d54700 lack of general support.

Such improvements, however, usually come with increased equipment cost, and they do not eliminate the need for testing in-applications, so the total cost for testing can be high. Likewise, the manufacturer-specified thermal resistance value of Thermal resistance of interface contact is present between the sample and the testing interface, which is largely affected by the surface properties of the sample and by the pressure on the sample surface brought from the test interface.

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These materials exhibit linear elastic properties with significant deflection relative to material thickness. The contact area with the sample is constant. Additional astm d of this design are reported elsewhere [4].


The error bars arise from the precision of the thermocouples and their placement. Examples include ceramics, metals, and some types of plastics. The heat rate astj interface temperatures are calculated from temperature measurements in the reference bars in contact with the TIM. A stepped-bar modification to ASTM D [4] is discussed and shown to produce very reproducible and accurate measurements of a commercial thermal gap pad.

In order for the stepped-bar apparatus to achieve the same uncertainty as that of a conventional ASTM D apparatus, more temperature probes are required.

The linear fit to the top part of the URB is used to determine the rate of heat flow and the 2 nd order fit extrapolates the upper interface temperature of the TIM.

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This article highlights the importance of accounting for wstm bar alignment for reproducible TIM measurements. The slope of the blue dashed r5470 is used to determine the input heat rate. Additional details of this design are reported elsewhere [4]. Because instabilities of the threaded rod introduce imprecision in aligning the URB with the LRB, the oversized URB ensures that these misalignments do not reduce the contact area of the sample and introduce errors into the thermal resistance measurements.

The inverse of the slope of the resulting straight line is the apparent thermal conductivity. As a result, the degree of correlation between this test method asgm any particular application needs to be determined. But our colleagues in industry and academia tell us that their data scatter for a large set of the same type of sample is often much larger than what their measurement uncertainty analysis predicts, even when considering reasonable variations in the properties of the samples.

A mechanical transducer, comprised of a threaded rod and steel hand wheel, applies pressure to the TIM under test in the stepped-bar approach. It is also useful for customers to validate data provided by vendors. Further, reproducible measurements based on ASTM D remain challenging to achieve, and recent studies to improve the accuracy of this standard have not focused on quantifying measurement reproducibility with large sample sets.

The thermal resistance of aluminium foil 10 microns thick and three graphite samples from GrafTech HT, HT, and HT were also measured with the stepped bar. Misalignments reduce the effective contact area between the sample and the reference bars as shown in Figure 1a.


He received his B. Each additional temperature probe increases the cost of the apparatus. To avoid confusion, this test method uses “apparent thermal conductivity” for measurements of both homogeneous and non-homogeneous materials.

It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

The major drawback of the stepped-bar approach is that heat flow is constricted from the URB to the TIM, resulting in a nonlinear temperature profile in the URB, so a simple one-dimensional heat conduction model cannot be used to determine the upper interface temperature.

He is also interested in the scalable fabrication of organic and organic-inorganic hybrid nanostructures for novel use in technologies such as thermal interface materials, thermoelectrics and thermo-electrochemical cells, infrared and optical rectenna, and materials that can be tuned to regulate the flow of heat.

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This obviates the need for expensive bar alignment and loading mechanisms, which can often be the largest component costs in the system. It is the f5470 of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the d4570 of regulatory limitations prior to use.

The reader is referred to [4] for a comprehensive description of the stepped-bar ASTM D technique. These include liquid compounds such as greases, pastes, and phase change materials.

The contact area with the sample is reduced when the bars are not aligned. Electronics Cooling Electronics Cooling astm d has been providing a technical data column since with the intent of providing you, the astm d, with pertinent material properties for use in thermal astm d Historical Version s – view previous versions of standard. Silicone Potting of Smidahk Hot Glue. E and M. Thermally conductive electrical dd5470 materials are usually heterogeneous sstm they typically include fillers, binders, reinforcements such as glass fiber mesh, or a layer of polymeric film.

The temperature astk in these bars is linear when they are insulated well, so a simple one-dimensional heat conduction analysis is used. As a result, the degree of correlation between this test method and any particular application needs to be determined. The temperature profile remains linear in the LRB for both approaches.