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Measuring the Thermal Conductivity of Metallic Materials

Metals are used in a wide variety of industries, from nuclear and automotive to usage in electronics and aviation. Metals tend to be highly thermally conductive and are sought out for their ability to quickly dissipate heat. This is important for many industries that wish to maintain structural stability while maintaining effective heat dissipation in avoiding overheating.

As the thermal conductivity of the materials is a critical performance attribute, an effective means of verifying the performance of the material is highly desirable. Ideally, researchers are seeking a fast, easy and accurate means of verifying the thermal conductivity of the material as incoming material quality increasingly becomes a concern.

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    As a contract test lab, we need dependable instrumentation so we can serve our customers. After many years using a different transient method, we now use the C-Therm TCi Thermal Conductivity Analyzer and it works great!”

    Kurt Miller, President,
    Axel Products (Sector: Contract Lab)

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Case Highlights

TCi Extended Range for Highly-Conductive Metals

Researchers seeking thermal conductivity values of metals tend to lean towards book values. Although these figures are accurate they lack the ability to determine the conductivity of new advanced composite metals that contain various quantities of other materials.

Copper (Cu) is among the most thermally conductive metals. The high thermal efficiency of copper makes it a better solution than some lower priced solutions. Recently, the TCi’s range was extended to measure highly-conductive metals such as copper, (~ 400 W/mK). Recent test results on the three samples of pure copper are presented below.


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