Thermal Interface Material (TIM) Testing Service

Thermal Impedance & Conductivity Measurement – ASTM D5470 Based

Thermal Interface Material TIM Tester
Our Thermal Interface Material Testing Service includes the measurement of thermal impedance and conductivity of Thermal Interface Materials (TIM). Thermal impedance and conductivity are two major properties of TIMs. Although their values can be found on manufacturers’ datasheets, these values are often measured based on different standards (e.g, ASTM D5470, ASTM C-177, etc.) or under different test conditions (e.g, environment, contact pressure, etc.). In our thermal laboratory, we can help customers characterize the thermal impedance and thermal conductivity values based on ASTM D5470 standard under specified test conditions. We can provide a side-by-side comparison of several TIMs under the exact same test conditions. To do this, we use LongWin’s LW-9389 TIM Thermal Interface Material Tester, which is used by many TIM manufacturers worldwide to characterize materials. For more information about the basics of TIMs, please visit our Thermal Interface Materials Basics page.

What Can Be Tested for Thermal Interface Material Testing and How Accurate?

Thermal Impedance & Conductivity Measurement of Thermal Interface Materials Almost all thermal interface materials can be tested:
  • Thermal Grease
  • Gap Filler Pads
  • Phase Change Materials (PCM)
  • Thermal Tapes
  • Graphite Sheets
  • Thermally Conductive Insulators
In addition, the following materials can be tested:
  • Ceramics
  • Metals
  • Plastics
  • Printed Circuit Boards (PCB)
  • Metal Core PCB (MCPCB)
  • Metal-based Copper Clad Laminates (MCCL)
  • Thermal Impedance
  • Thermal Conductivity
  • Contact Impedance
  • Pad Deflection
Test Range and Accuracy:
  • Thermal Impedance: > 0.01 °C-cm²/W
  • Thermal Conductivity: < 20 W/m-°C
  • Accuracy: ±5%.

Gap and Thermal Interface Material

Features of LW-9389 TIM Thermal Impedance & Conductivity Tester

Thermal Resistance & Conductivity
  • Based on ASTM D5470
  • Good repeatability and reproducibility
  • Suitable for measuring thermal impedance and conductivity of grease and pad
  • Automated setting of press load and input power
  • Automated setting of temperatures of hot surface, cold surface and average temperature
  • Suitable for reliability tests
  • Automated DAQ and output in Excel

SpecificationsTIM Tester

  • Press Load Range: 4 ~ 50 kgf
  • Max. Heating Power: 160 W
  • Max. Heating Temperature: 180℃
  • Constant Temperature Range: Ambient+3℃~50℃
  • Overall Dimension: 1.37 (W) × 0.87 (D) × 1.88 (H) m (Ref.)
  • Power Source: AC220V, 10 Amp, Single Phase

Methodology of Our Thermal Interface Material Testing

The test is performed based on ASTM D5470:

ASTM D5470

Calculation of Thermal Conductivity and Contact Impedance:

In ASTM D5470-06 standard, the linear correlation of thermal impedance and thickness are measured based on one specimen with three different thicknesses. The values are extrapolated with the thickness set to zero, which is contact impedance. The thermal conductivity, also known as apparent thermal conductivity, can be found by taking the reciprocal of the slope.

Thermal Conductivity and Contact Impedance

Example of Software Interface – Pad/Grease Impedance Test:

Impedance Test

What is the Cost and Turn-Around Time of Thermal Interface Material Testing?

Thermal Interface Material Testing Service at MyHeatSinks are accurate, quick and cost effective. The average time for testing one material is 2-4 hours. However, due to equipment availability and scheduling, the typical turn-around time is one week. In case of a major holiday or an event like COVID-19 pandemic, the turn-around time will increase to two weeks.

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