Thermal Conductivity Testing of Lubricants and Heat Transfer Fluids for Electric Vehicle Applications

In electrical vehicles, cooling is a major thermal performance and safety concern. Heat-transfer fluids are designed to transfer heat away from heat sources to stabilize temperatures – in these application, heat capacity is important but key to performance of the heat-exchanger assembly is the thermal conductivity of the fluid.

In electrical vehicles, lubricants serve a dual purpose: They reduce friction between moving parts, thus reducing wear and tear on devices. They also can serve a thermal management role, by transferring heat generated due to friction and shear away from where it is being generated. Heat transfer in such a scenario may be due to thermal conduction or by thermal convection, depending on the device – though often, thermal conduction is the primary mechanism. For this reason, thermal conductivity of lubricants is a key performance attribute.

Join us to learn about how to characterize the thermal conductivity of these materials of high importance to the electrical vehicle market. We will highlight work from our application lab at C-Therm; from Donghua University and Shanghai Polytechnic University; from Coventry University; and from Tarbiat Modares University, from Sahand University of Technology, from Jam Polypropylene Company and from the University of Birmingham. This webinar will be of interest to thermal engineers in electrical vehicles industries, and to materials scientists working in material development for applications to electrical vehicles.

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