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.

Issue Archive: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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A first-ever simulation of aluminum conductivity offers a recipe for an inexpensive substitute for copper.

INSIDER: Physical Sciences

Scientists at Berkeley Lab have discovered a physical phenomenon that is the basis for a new material that has 150% better thermal conductivity than conventional materials used in...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers

Computer processors have shrunk to nanometer scales over the years, with billions of transistors sitting on a single computer chip. While the increased number of transistors helps make...

Articles: Aerospace
Thanos Yiagopoulos, Chief Technology Officer of Momentive Performance Materials, discusses how engineers can determine the best product for their application.
Articles: Imaging

Where the ability to detect mid-wave infrared (MWIR) radiation is mission critical, readiness and the importance of long, maintenance-free infrared (IR) system operation is vital. In...

Application Briefs: Materials

Traction inverter power density (KW/L) and efficiency ($/KW) strongly impact electric vehicle (EV) weight, driving range, and cost of ownership. Unfortunately, traditional soldered power...

Briefs: Materials

An ultra-sensitive heat sensor was developed that is based on the fact that certain materials are thermoelectric. The electrons in a thermoelectric material move from the cold side to the...

Special Reports: Unmanned Systems
Unmanned Systems - March 2022

Powering better battlefield drones...autonomous quadcopters that fly aerobatic maneuvers...a breakthrough in compact UAV satellite communications technology. Read about these and other advances in air, ground,...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Spectrometers, digital microscopes, high-speed imaging, and more.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Find the right components that protect your electronics from the effects of temperature and moisture.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Mechanical properties, such as strength and ductility, can be improved for car, plane, and building components.
Articles: Power
The DPV concept matches the unique needs of electric vehicle cooling and energy management systems.
Products: Test & Measurement
Liquid-cooled workstations, universal amplifiers, hydrogen sensors, and more.
Products: Software
COMSOL announces version 6.0 of its Multiphysics® software.
Q&A: Electronics & Computers
Professor Jiwoong Park and his team have made a material that is crystalline in the X-Y direction, but amorphous in the Z direction.
Question of the Week: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Will a Breath-Like Approach Cool Down Machinery?

University of Central Florida researchers are developing a human-like way for large machines to cool off: Letting the machines "breathe." (See our January issue of Tech Briefs to learn more.)

Articles: Propulsion
With the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), mankind’s understanding of the universe — and its origins — will increase exponentially.
Briefs: Imaging
Large machines can breathe in and out cooling blasts of water to keep their systems from overheating.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Better detection of microwave radiation will enable improved thermal imaging, electronic warfare, radio communications, and radar.
Articles: Materials
NASA-developed fire protection, implantable stimulators, and more.
Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A mobile robot will go to the South Pole of the Moon — with help from radiation-hardened avionics.
Articles: Materials
Thanos Yiagopoulos, Chief Technology Officer of Momentive Performance Materials, discusses how engineers can determine the best product for their application.
Products: Semiconductors & ICs
Power supply ICs, temperature sensors, DC-DC converters, and more.
5 Ws: Electronics & Computers
The wearable device turns the touch of a finger into a source of power for small electronics and sensors.
NASA Spinoff: Materials
A long-time apparel insulator develops its own takes on popular NASA spinoff material.
Special Reports: Imaging
Rugged Computing & Electronics - November 2021

From the battlefield to the oceans to the extremes of space, electronics and computing advances enable missions in the harshest conditions. To help you keep pace with the latest developments, we...

Blog: Electronics & Computers
UCLA engineers have demonstrated successful integration of a novel semiconductor material into high-power computer chips.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Battery-pack test systems, data management, connector clips, and more.