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Paractical Aspects of Thermal Interface Material Testing Methods
Keywords: Interface, Testing, ASTM D 5470-12
A description will be given of recent requirements and developments for testing of thermal interface materials for electronics applications, with comparison of the different test methodologies available. This presentation will focus on describing three common test methods and will identify several types of test equipment which is commercially available for testing TIM materials, as well as updates on these topics and standards. Test methods which will be included are: - ASTM D 5470-12, with latest updates - Thermal test vehicles - Transient or dynamic testing The purpose is to illustrate in a non-commercial manner how these test methods differ, when they are most appropriate for use, and some of the advantages and disadvantages of each. Commonly-asked questions will also be included, with answers. Comparative test data between test methods is very helpful in understanding how these methods and how well very different test set-ups can generate good correlations between data sets. References for further evaluation will also be included.
David L Saums, Principal
Amesbury, MA

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