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Thermal Management for Unique Protoflight Thermal Challenges

For aerospace thermal management with light weight and small size, designers call on k-Core® carbon fibre composite (CFC) radiators, to get better isothermal performance than traditional aluminium systems.

space CFC radiator k-Core thermal components like heat shields, radiators and chassis are proven effective under tough conditions that are literally out of this world — like the temperatures faced by satellite components in space. Using a CFC radiator of only .4M diameter, satellite thermal engineers can reduce peak temperatures for a 200 W load to less than half of the temperatures attained by standard solid aluminium designs (20°C vs 50°C). That helps meet the unique thermal challenges encountered by protoflight components that are entering new, outer space mission environments for the first time.

For large aerospace components, k-Core solutions can integrate heat pipes and heat spreading approaches, making large structures virtually isothermal.

lithium-ion k-Core battery coolingWith less mass than aluminium, a CFC-encapsulated k-Core composite lithium-ion battery chassis for a Mars Lander programme can effectively contain temperature changes and produce better isothermal performance (∆T of 3.5°C vs 17.3°C for aluminium). When every ounce and every degree of temperature is critical to a mission’s success, k-Core comes through with dependable performance.

k Technology components are also at work in specialised heat shields, straps, conduction bars and optical benches. k-Core products can be tailored to a wide range of applications by choosing encapsulants with specific mechanical features.


Thermal management challenge? Take the first step towards the solution for you. Please contact an Aavid Thermacore technical representative or e-mail for more information on our thermal solution technologies.

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