High conductivity hydrid material for thermal management

  • US 5,296,310 A
  • Filed: 02/14/1992
  • Issued: 03/22/1994
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/14/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A hybrid structural material for thermal management including heat gathering and heat removal and allowing independent tailoring of mechanical properties, thermal expansion characteristics, and thermal conductivities, said hybrid structural material comprising:

  • a non-structural, high thermal conductivity core material defining the thermal conductivity of said hybrid structural material;

    a pair of face sheets forming opposing surfaces of said hybrid structural material and helping to define the mechanical properties of said hybrid structural material, the first of said face sheets disposed on one side of said core material and the second of said face sheets disposed on the opposite side of said core material to create a face sheet-core material-face sheet sandwich construction;

    a first interface between said first face sheet and said core material allowing physical contact between said first face sheet and said core material and allowing said first face sheet to slide over said core material on heating and cooling;

    a second interface between said second face sheet and said core material allowing physical contact between said second face sheet and said core material and allowing said second face sheet to slide over said core material on heating and cooling; and

    a frame substantially surrounding said core material and attached, by one of bonding to and integrally forming with, said face sheets for helping to define the mechanical properties of said hybrid structural material.

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