Laser deposition welds with high heat conductivity for thermal management applications

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Ernst G., Kerschbaumer M., Polding G., Eidenhammer M.

Proc. 20th International Conference on Surface Modification Technologies (SMT), pp. 18-22, Vienna, 25.-29. Sep., 2006


Laser deposition welds made of materials with high heat conductivity offer new possibilities for conformal cooling applications in tooling. The alloys are welded to the surface of a tool and covered with a layer of steel to give the necessary durability of the surface. The aim is to homogenise the temperature distribution along the surface and facilitate cooling while retaining a durable surface made of steel. As part of this work, different materials based on copper were welded and their heat conductivity measured in the as-welded condition. As results heat conductivities between 150 and up to 200 W/mK were achieved. Subsequently a sandwich structure made from steel and copper was generated and heat distribution on the surface was measured. Also a near net shaped part made of two dissimilar materials was generated by laser deposition welding.

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