ASSESSING THE THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY OF COMPOSITES

Composites have a wide range of applications and can be specially designed to meet specific needs. Thermal conductivity testing can be performed using Hot Disks Thermal conductivity instruments to meet insulation needs. Composites are generally lighter than their original counterparts, but have enhanced strength in comparison. A natural composite such as wood, is composed of lignin and cellulose, two relatively weak entities on their own, but when combined, create a strong and durable material. Concrete is the most common artificial composite. To remove a weight load from the concrete and increase its tensile strength, metal bars are added within the matrix. Because of their light weight characteristics, composites, such as carbon nanotubes, are being implemented in areas of aerospace and automobiles. After all, a lighter aircraft is a more efficient aircraft.

Asphalt

Testing the thermal properties of various phase change materials for their addition to asphalt for uses in the construction industry.

Bamboo Composites

Investigating a sustainable, renewable and eco-friendly wood alternate, for use in buildings.

Ceramic Foam

Investigating the effects of ceramic composition and pore size on the thermal properties of foams.

Composites

Evaluating the combination of two or more materials to create a more physically stable and thermally desirable end product.

Concrete

Investigating the thermal properties of fly ash as an environmentally friendly replacement of cement in concrete.

Disk Brakes

Altering the composition of brakes to enhance their thermal performance and minimize wear rates.

Graphite Sheets

A thermal conductive review of pyrolytic graphite sheets, for their use in many Panasonic electronics as heat spreaders.

Insulation

Maximizing energy efficiency and minimizing the thermal conductivity of an insulation by testing various configurations.