Georgia Patent of the Month – January 2021

Have you ever heard of a heat sink? No it’s nothing like a kitchen or bathroom sink. If you use a computer, or a cell phone, or even a refrigerator, then you’ve benefited from a heat sink. Basically, it helps keep things cool. A heat sink will force or redirect the heat produced from an object to cool it down. For example, in a computer a heat sink is placed next to the computer chip, so it doesn’t overheat and your processing speeds stay high. They usually include a base and protrusions, and foils between the two. Heat sinks are most often made of metal since metal is the most thermal conductive material, but there are some that are made of plastics and polymers with additives to increase their thermal conductivity. However, the plastic and polymer heat sinks can become brittle and metal heat sinks usually require a gap or pad between the heat sink and the device itself, which can cause uneven and unreliable heat transfer. But Carbice Corporation might have a solution with their flexible polymer-based heat sinks. 

Their innovative heat sinks are more flexible and conformable, so can be to be curved around device surfaces without compromising device contact; resulting in uniform heat transfer. The heat sinks are made of thermoplastic and thermoset polymers that can withstand heat, so don’t think of conventional plastic when you think of Carbice Corporations’ heat sinks. Don’t worry, these won’t melt. Their heat sinks won’t conduct high heat energy either, meaning they have the ability to keep the computer chip or other heat generating device cool while not heating up themselves. 

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