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Thermal contact resistance across a copper-silicon interface
Author(s): Ali M. Khounsary; David Chojnowski; Lahsen Assoufid; William M. Worek
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Paper Abstract

An experimental setup to measure the thermal contact conductance across a silicon-copper (Si-Cu) interface is described, and the results obtained are presented. The resulting thermal contact resistance data are used in estimating the thermo-mechanical and optical performance of optical substrates cooled by interfaced copper cooling blocks. Several factors influence the heat transfer across solid interfaces. These include the material properties, interface pressure, flatness and roughness of the contacting surfaces, temperature, and interstitial material, if any. Results presented show the variation of thermal contact conductance as a function of applied interface pressure for a Cu-Si interface. Various interstitial materials investigated include indium foil, silver foil and a liquid eutectic (Ga-In-Sn). As expected, thermal contact resistance decreases as interface pressure increases, except in the case of the eutectic, in which it was nearly constant. The softer the interstitial material, the lower the thermal contact resistance. Liquid metal provides the lowest thermal contact resistance across the Cu-Si interface, followed by the indium foil, and then the silver foil.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 December 1997
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3151, High Heat Flux and Synchrotron Radiation Beamlines, (11 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.294497
Show Author Affiliations
Ali M. Khounsary, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
David Chojnowski, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
Lahsen Assoufid, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
William M. Worek, Univ. of Illinois/Chicago (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3151:
High Heat Flux and Synchrotron Radiation Beamlines
Albert T. Macrander; Ali M. Khounsary, Editor(s)

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