Electrical/​Electronics

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

Articles: Semiconductors & ICs
Wiegand Wire: Energy Harvesting and More
With the emergence of a new generation of ultra-efficient electronic chips, the Wiegand technology is showing significant promise, especially in the exciting area of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
The battery design increases the number of possible cycles from tens to more than 100 with little degradation.
Articles: Test & Measurement
Venting for EV Battery Packs
Cell chemistries, thermal dynamics, vehicle packaging, and even weather present challenges for optimizing electric vehicle battery functional safety.
To achieve vehicle manufacturers’ ambitious goals for electric vehicles, Li-ion batteries need to be improved.
Products: Data Acquisition
New on the Market: August 2020
Data storage boards, modular plugs, equipment enclosures, and more.
Smart adaptive clothing can lower the body temperature of the wearer in hot climates.
The technology could lead to production of fuels, building materials, and other products in a carbon-neutral way.
These are important traits in electronics and electrical systems including electric cars, industrial drills, and electric grids.
There’s been a race to the top among industrial LED lighting manufacturers as they scramble to squeeze the maximum possible lumens per watt (LPW) out of their products.
This method provides a fast way to assess rocket engine performance in a variety of operating conditions.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
New on the Market: July 2020
Photoelectric sensors, cable connectors, power monitors, and USB3 cameras.
The Human Embodied Autonomous Thermostat, or “HEAT," uses cameras to identify facial temperature, and adjust the room's air accordingly.
A far infrared temperature sensor is small in size but big in performance.
Heat predictably and precisely changes the surface structure of a particle of liquid metal.
The multitasking device could advance development of an electric circuit for faster, next-generation electronics like quantum computing technologies.
The flexible device harvests heat energy from the body to monitor health.
These composites could improve how unmanned vehicles dissipate energy.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New on the Market: June 2020
Industrial PCs, power modules, processor blades, and more.
Products: Test & Measurement
Product of the Month: June 2020 Tech Briefs
The K6PM provides continuous, remote thermal monitoring of critical components such as high-voltage control panels, transformers, and hydraulic equipment.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Spin Capacitor for Energy-Efficient Electronics
The capacitor could enable a new generation of electronics that will require less power and generate less heat.
This passive device relies on a layer of material that blocks incoming sunlight but lets heat radiate away.
Briefs: Wearables
Wearable Air Conditioning
This on-skin electronic device provides a personal air conditioner without electricity.
Articles: Communications
Products of Tomorrow: May 2020
A cryptographic ID tag, a high-reliability NASA switch, and a stretchable thermoelectric generator...
A new method could enable vehicles and equipment to better withstand high temperatures, loads, and speeds.
This NASA center hosts the world’s greatest collection of wind tunnels and flight simulation facilities
Fuse devices enable circuit safety in high-power applications, such as motion control and alternative energy generation, in addition to electric vehicles.
These carbon-based fillers can be used in thermally conductive clothing such as liquid-cooled garments.
This work could accelerate the development of flexible electronics.
There are longwave, midwave, and shortwave camera systems—each with its own advantages for specific industries and uses.

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