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NTHU Team Won the Best Thermal Performance Award in a 2014 DARPA International Competition
NTHU Team won the Best Thermal Performance Award in the 2014 International Field-Reversible Thermal Connector (RevCon) Challenge sponsored by United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on November 1st, 2014 in University of Missouri, U.S.A. As the advanced commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) thermal connectors have relatively low thermal performance, DARPA and Office of Naval Research (ONR) have hosted RevCon competitions in the past three years to encourage college students to explore thermal connector innovation. The new connector needs to be designed in such a way that it allows easy installation and removal of the electronic card modules from the side of an electronic enclosure. And above all, it must exhibit low thermal resistance in a vibration environment.
 
The NTHU Team, consisting of 4 NTHU students (Yung-Feng Chang, Wei-Yuang Hsu, Jerry Wang, and Sanket Jog) and 1 NCKU student (Jin-Fu Chen) under the supervision of Professors Shwin-Chung Wong and Jen-Yuan (James) Chang of PME NTHU, is one of the 7 universities that were qualified in the final round. Other final-round competitors include: Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Maryland, Mississippi State University, University of Missouri, and Donghua University (China). After ten-month efforts, NTHU Team created a novel design concept for a field-reversible thermal connector featuring simple structure, easy installation and low thermal resistance. The students demonstrated and explained engineering details to judges, senior R&D engineers and engineering managers from Lockheed Martin and Boeing Company about their prototype device. Tested on-site in front of the judges, NTHU's prototype device out-performed the other six teams. NTHU Team was appraised by all judges as the recipient of the Best Thermal Performance Award!
 
Team members Hsu, Chen, and Chang (from left to right) flanked by Professors C.L. Chen and S. Chen of Hosting University, MU.

Team members Hsu, Chen, and Chang (from left to right) flanked by Professors C.L. Chen and S. Chen of Hosting University, MU.

Team members trying out one of their designs, supervised    by  Professors  of  the Hosting University, MU.

Team members trying out one of their designs, supervised by Professors of the Hosting University, MU.

 

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