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FS2: Thermal Management Materials and Technologies



Due to increased performance in a wide range of engineered products ranging from computer processors to advanced aerospace vehicles, there is a critical need
for improved thermal management systems for transferring and storing thermal energy. The required enhancements include increased thermal conductivity,
increased surface area, reduced weight/volume, as well as operability in harsh environments. For example, improved thermal management is needed to increase
the power density of electronics and more effectively cool electronic enclosures that are envisioned for future aircraft, spacecraft and surface ships. Another
high profile application involves thermal protection systems (TPS) for aerospace vehicles (e.g., the reinforced carbon composite leading edge of the Space Shuttle).
Furthermore, thermal energy storage devices (TESD) are seeing greater utilization in engineered products. TESD research associated with enhancing phase change materials (PCM) is of great interest (e.g., PCMs doped with nanoparticles for increased conductivity).


The aim of this session is to discuss and highlight new materials and the associated technologies related to thermal management. Examples of these new
enabling technologies include advanced materials such as high conductivity/large surface area core materials (e.g., graphite foams); light weight ultra-high
conductivity sheet materials that perform structurally (e.g., 2D carbon/carbon or ceramic composites) or as heat sinks/spreaders (e.g., natural graphite/epoxy
materials); heat transfer nanofluids; insulating core materials (e.g., ceramic aerogels); joining technologies; thermal energy storage devices; phase change
materials; and lastly, a slew of technologies that are required for system implementation.


Proposed Session Topics

  • Design, development, and testing of aerospace thermal protection systems (TPS)
  • Advanced composites for thermal protection systems (e.g., carbon/carbon and ceramic matrix composites, ablative materials)
  • Harsh environment, light weight insulating materials (aerogels, foams)
  • Light weight, high conductivity materials for thermal management (graphite and diamond, carbon and metallic foams, C/C and CNT composites, Al/SiC, BeO, Cu-based systems)
  • Heat transfer nanofluids
  • Phase change materials and associated technologies
  • Bonding and integration technologies, thermal contact materials
  • Nondestructive evaluation, quality assessment, structural health monitoring, sensors,


Session Organizers

  • Andrew L. Gyekenyesi, Ohio Aerospace Institute, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA; (216) 433-8155
  • Mrityunjay Singh, Ohio Aerospace Institute, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA; (216) 433-8883
  • Dileep Singh, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Rajiv Asthana, University of Wisconsin-Stout, USA
  • Ajit K. Roy, Air Force Research Laboratory, WPAFB, USA
  • Tatsuki Ohji, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
  • You Zhou, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
  • Khairul Alam, Ohio University, USA
  • Debjyoti Banerjee, Texas A&M University, USA


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