Thermal Transport in cellular metallic matrices

These materials are of great interest as light-weight heat sinks. This research is concerned with steady-state and transient thermal transport in cellular metallic matrices. Using a Lattice Monte Carlo method developed in the Centre and finite element analysis we are investigating the effective thermal conductivity and transient temperature profiles in various models of cellular metallic matrices (see Figure 1) and related materials.

a) Open-cell M-Pore aluminium foam, b) Portion of the corresponding simulated structure

Figure 1 -  a) Open-cell M-Pore ® aluminium foam, b) Portion of the corresponding simulated structure.