Dr. Silas E. Gustafsson
Dr. Silas Gustafsson has spent his lifetime researching thermophysical properties, starting in the 1960s as the leader of a team studying heat conduction at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. In a career spanning 50 years, he has published over 75 papers in relation to thermal properties, and has inspired countless further research projects as his work has been cited more than 1200 times. Dr. Gustafsson started contributing to the development of thermal conductivity testing equipment in the 1980s, when he established a company (Hot Disk AB) to sell equipment. By 1989, he had filed a patent for the hot disc method, which includes the design of transient plane source sensor and proprietary gustafsson analysis calculation model. The hot disc method has become one of the most trusted thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity methods, with over 2000 publications.
Two of the key proprietary measurement capabilities of the gustafsson analysis calculation model is its sensitivity to detection of contact resistance and edge effects, which are so critical to accurate measurements. As the founder of Hot Disk AB, he has built a company that provides both industry and academia with a product that efficiently and accurately measures thermal properties. His continued dedication to research and development in the past two decades has expanded the capabilities of the Hot Disk equipment to make it one of the most versatile and respected thermal conductivity systems on the market.
Most Cited Thermal Conductivity Works:
Review of Scientific Instruments 62(3) (1991) 797-804
S. E. Gustafsson
Review of Scientific Instruments 65 (1994) 3856-3859
M. Gustavsson, E. Karawacki and S. E. Gustafsson.
Fire and Materials 19(1) (1994) 43-49
T. Log and S. E. Gustafsson.
Selection of Work by Dr. Silas E. Gustafsson
Review of Scientific Instruments, 71: 2452 (2000).
V. Bohac, M. K. Gustavsson, L. Kubicar and S. E. Gustafsson.
European Polymer Journal, 35(9): 1687-1693 (1999).
N. S. Saxena, P. Pradeep, G. Mathew, S. Thomas, M. Gustafsson and S. E. Gustafsson.
Jpn. J. Appl. Phys., 39:1405 (2000).
H. Nagai, Y. Nakata, T. Tsurue, H. Minagawa, K. Kamada, S. E. Gustafsson and T. Okutani.
High Temperatures – High Pressures 32(1): 47 – 51 (1999).
M. Gustavsson, J. Gustavsson, S. Gustafsson and L. Hälldahl.
Thermal Conductivity 28, 199-207 (2006).
H. Wang, R. B. Dinwiddie, M. Gustavsson and S. E. Gustafsson.