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Reference Number InnUK/131934/01
Title Structural alumnium heat sinks for weight efficient systems
Status Completed
Energy Categories ENERGY EFFICIENCY(Transport) 20%;
ENERGY EFFICIENCY(Residential and commercial) 20%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 50%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
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TISICS Limited
Award Type Feasibility Study
Funding Source Innovate-UK
Start Date 01 June 2015
End Date 30 September 2015
Duration 4 months
Total Grant Value £23,100
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Region South East
Programme Competition Call: 1411_FS_TI_AM - Technology Inspired Feasibility Competition 2014 Advanced Materials. Activity Technology Inspired - Advance Materials (FS)
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , TISICS Limited (100.000%)
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Abstract TISICS develops and manufactures silicon carbide fibre and fibre reinforced titanium matrix and aluminium matrix composites. These metal composites are typically 30% lighter than conventional metals and up to 70% lighter in optimised designs. TISICS has been working on a collaborative space sector project and identified a potential application for fibre reinforced aluminium to reinforce liquid/vapour heat pipes used for thermal management in space and terrestrial applications. The very high strength aluminium composites (1200MPa) and high stiffness (140GPa) have higher performance than titanium alloys whilst retaining similar thermal properties to the aluminium matrix alloy. The project aims to assess fabrication and mechanical performance of metal matrix composite heat pipes as a pre-cursor to determine whether it is possible to develop a structural heat pipe for both space and terrestrial use. Combining structure and thermal management will reduce mass. Whilst space is the initial market, aerospace will follow. With appropriate capacity and economics we can address an electric car market.
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Added to Database 03/12/15