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.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Asphalt


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

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Bamboo Composites

Bamboo Composites

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

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Ceramic Foam

Ceramic Foam

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

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Composites


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

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Concrete


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

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Disk Brakes

Disk Brakes

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

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Graphite Sheets

Graphite Sheets

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

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Insulation


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

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Metals


Testing the thermal conductivity of various metals for their potential uses as cooking utensils and heat exchangers.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Nano-Textile


Researching novel, innovative nano-technologies, such as carbon nanotubes, to further enhance the traditional space suit.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Silicone Materials

Silicone Materials

Customizing polydimethylsiloxane by adding fillers to modify the physical and thermal properties of the silicone.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Stone


Determining the impact of seasonal changes on the thermal conductivity of buildings constructed with various stones.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Thermal Interface Materials

Thermal Interface Materials

Discovering potential thermal interface materials and filler products, to extend the lifespan of electronic devices.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Thermoelectric


Enhancing the efficiency of thermoelectric materials with the help of the Seebeck, Peltier, and Thomson thermodynamic effects.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Torlon


Determining the direction of heat conduction, as well as thermal conductivity of a Torlon polymer sample.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Wood


Determining the effects of anisotropy on the thermal conductivity of both green and oven-dried wood.

Thermal Conductivity Customer Comment TPS 2500 SHot Disk
TPS 2500 S

Marius Haiducu, M.Sc., P.Eng.

Simon Fraser University

“In our laboratory (the Laboratory for Alternative Energy Conversion, SFU), the TPS 2500 S is used for measuring the thermal conductivity of a wide range of materials, ranging from thermally insulating materials to thermally conductive ones. For that entire range of tested materials, the device was able to perform a precise and reliable measurement. The results of the measurements were in very good agreement with the values found in the literature; some of the results were also compared with the results obtained with another measurement method (i.e., heated guard plate). Additionally, we are very pleased with the technical feedback and support we’ve received since we bought the equipment.”

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