Development of Flexible Thermal Conduction Bars (16/11)

Company: Thermacore Europe

Location: Wansbeck Business Park, Ashington, Northumberland. Supervised by David Mullen.


Founded in 1970, we specialise in the custom design, development, and manufacturing of highly engineered thermal management systems and components for a variety of OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) applications across a diversified set of global markets that includes Military, Aerospace, Computer, Communication, Energy Conversion, Medical, Transportation, Test Equipment, and Automotive.

With over 40 years of experience in the design, development, and manufacturing of advanced solid conduction assemblies, passive two-phase systems, and active pumped systems, Thermacore brings unparalleled engineering design expertise and thermal solution performance, quality, and reliability to these markets.

Thermacore employs more than 185 employees at 5 facilities located in the United Kingdom (Ashington, Northumberland) and the United States (Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Langhorne, Pennsylvania; Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania; and Ronkonkoma, Long Island, New York). Thermacore facilities are AS 9100 Rev B. standard, ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified.


The project would look to utilise the Thermacore k-Core product and integrate a method of creating flexible conduction bars for the space and aerospace industries. The k-Core product is an aluminium composite material which has a thermal conductivity of 4 to 5 times that of normal aluminium. If we can incorporate a method of creating flexible links attached to the aluminium then we would have a high performing flexible link that will be of significant benefit to our customer base. It is envisaged that the suitable student would undertake research in appropriate areas around the technology and then look to design and manufacture prototype material that could be tested to demonstrate the technology.

Student Specification:

The successful applicant should be studying mechanical engineering (in the first instance) with an understanding of the principles of thermal engineering or similar technical discipline.

The Nitty Gritty:

Start to be mutually agreed. (Induction Day will be at Harwell on 27th June.) £1,250 pcm

Applications for this opportunity are now closed.

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