Achieving high thermal conductivity in epoxy composites: Effect of boron nitride particle size and matrix-filler interface
PublisherMultidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
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For the thermal management of high watt density circuit layers, it is common to use a filled epoxy system to provide an electrically insulating but thermally conducting bond to a metal substrate. An epoxy-thiol system filled with boron nitride (BN), in the form of 2, 30 and 180 µm platelets, has been investigated with a view to achieving enhanced thermal conductivity. The effect of BN content on the cure reaction kinetics has been studied by differential scanning calorimetry and the thermal conductivity of the cured samples has been measured by the Transient Hot Bridge method. The heat of reaction and the glass transition temperature of the fully cured samples are both independent of the BN content, but the cure reaction kinetics is systematically affected by both BN content and particle size. These results can be correlated with the thermal conductivity of the cured systems, which is found to increase with both BN content and particle size. For a given BN content, the thermal conductivity found here is significantly higher than most others reported in the literature; this effect is attributed to a Lewis acid-base interaction between filler and matrix.
CitationMoradi, S. [et al.]. Achieving high thermal conductivity in epoxy composites: Effect of boron nitride particle size and matrix-filler interface. "Polymers", 6 Juliol 2019, vol. 11, núm. 7, p. 1156-1-1156-17.