Low Thermal Resistance Power Module Assembly

NREL (Inventor)

Research output: Patent


A power module assembly with low thermal resistance and enhanced heat dissipation to a cooling medium. The assembly includes a heat sink or spreader plate with passageways or openings for coolant that extend through the plate from a lower surface to an upper surface. A circuit substrate is provided and positioned on the spreader plate to cover the coolant passageways. The circuit substrateincludes a bonding layer configured to extend about the periphery of each of the coolant passageways and is made up of a substantially nonporous material. The bonding layer may be solder material which bonds to the upper surface of the plate to provide a continuous seal around the upper edge of each opening in the plate. The assembly includes power modules mounted on the circuit substrate on asurface opposite the bonding layer. The power modules are positioned over or proximal to the coolant passageways.
Original languageAmerican English
Patent number7,190,581 B1
StatePublished - 2007

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PT-540-41710


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