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Thermal Management

Explore the latest developments in tools and tactics used in thermal management. Discover innovative advances from NASA and major research labs that address the challenges facing aerospace, energy storage, 3D printing, and other high-performance applications.

Latest Briefs & News

Question of the Week: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Would You Use a ‘Cold Tube?’

Our August issue of Tech Briefs highlighted a technology that offers an energy-efficient alternative to the air conditioner: The Cold Tube.

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Chilled panels use less energy than conventional A/C and work in open spaces.
Briefs: Materials
This new technique shields electronics from ionizing radiation in applications such as military and space exploration.
Briefs: Materials
Superalloys that withstand extremely high temperatures could be finely tuned for specific properties such as mechanical strength.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
The technology potentially enables a new generation of miniaturized electronic and optoelectronic devices.
Special Reports: Electronics & Computers
Power Electronics - August 2021

This compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology looks at the latest advances in power electronics and energy storage for a range of applications...

Blog: Electronics & Computers
A reader asks our expert how to contain a "thermal runaway" explosion in a lithium-ion battery.
NASA Spinoff: Electronics & Computers
A NASA-developed technology for testing heat shields transforms garbage into reusable chemicals.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The technology harvests electrical energy from waste heat sources.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Temperature transmitters, robotic tool changers, epoxy adhesives, and more.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This system enhances processing via real-time, non-destructive defect tracking.
INSIDER: Medical

North Carolina State University engineers continue to improve the efficiency of a flexible device worn on the wrist that harvests heat energy from the human body to monitor health.

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The reusable mask would include a heated copper mesh powered by a battery and surrounded by insulating neoprene.
NASA Spinoff: Electronics & Computers
With a clever design by NASA, waiting for hot water could be a thing of the past.
Articles: Energy
As the vehicle platform size decreases, the pulse power discharge rates of the Energy Storage System (ESS) increase.
Products: Test & Measurement
A smart temperature transmitter delivers measurements via Bluetooth.
INSIDER: Materials

In collaboration with groups from China and the United States, a research team from TU Wien set out to find the optimal heat conductor. They finally found what they were...

Q&A: Electronics & Computers
Professor Qiaoqiang Gan of the University at Buffalo (NY) and his team developed a unique two-in-one system that uses solar energy for simultaneously cooling and heating — without electricity.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Displacement sensors, metal 3D printers, shielding materials, and more.
Application Briefs: Software
With new vehicles, automotive manufacturers will need to closely monitor the current flowing to the motor.
Products: Data Acquisition
Vision software, thermal sensors, ceramic pastes, and more.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The material is designed for high-temperature applications in aircraft, building insulation, personal protective clothing, industrial, and automotive.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Live discussions will explore electric vehicles, propulsion, advanced electronics, and more.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This rapid and cost-effective technique yields a uniform etched surface with 99.5 percent emissivity.
Products: Test & Measurement
Disconnect terminal blocks, oscillioscope probes, test modules, and more.
Special Reports: Energy
Vehicle Electrification - January 2021

See how Ford, Volkswagen, Cadillac, and other manufacturers are pushing the boundaries of battery & EV design to compete with Tesla in a rapidly growing market, plus learn about the latest EV...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The chip could provide low-voltage power for small devices or sensors.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Applications include monitoring the temperature of processor chips in superconductor-based quantum computers, which must stay cold to work properly.
Briefs: Energy
The technology is inherently safer and more energy-dense than today’s lithium-ion batteries.

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