Vapor grown carbon fiber reinforced aluminum composites with very high thermal conductivity

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The first use of continuous vapor grown carbon fiber (VGCF) as reinforcement in aluminum metal matrix composite (Al MMC) is reported. Al MMC represents a new material for thermal management in high-power, high-density electronic devices. Due to the ultrahigh thermal conductivity of VGCF, 1950 W/m-K at room temperature, VGCF-reinforced Al MMC exhibits excellent thermal conductivity that cannot be achieved by using any other carbon fiber as reinforcement. An unprecedented high thermal conductivity of 642 W/m-K for Al MMC was obtained by using 36.5% of VGCF.

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Ting, JM., Lake, M.L. Vapor grown carbon fiber reinforced aluminum composites with very high thermal conductivity. Journal of Materials Research 10, 247–250 (1995). https://doi.org/10.1557/JMR.1995.0247

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