High Therma

España, Félix A.
Balla, Vamsi Krishna
Bose, Susmita
Bandyopadhyay, Amit
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University of Texas at Austin

Surface modification has been used to improve wear resistance, corrosion resistance and thermal barrier properties of metals. However, no significant attempts have been made to improve thermal conductivity by surface modification. In this work, we have examined the feasibility of enhancing thermal conductivity (TC) of stainless steel by depositing brass using Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS). The coating increased the TC of the substrate by 65% at 100 C°. Significantly low thermal contact resistance was observed between the coating and the substrate due to minimal dilution and defect free sound interface. Our results indicate that laser processing can be used on low coefficient of thermal expansion metal matrix composites to create feature based coatings to enhance their heat transfer capability.