Technology Applications, Inc.

Thermal Strap / Heat Strap & Thermal Management Experts

Technology Applications, Inc. (TAI), headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, is committed to being your thermal strap and aerospace thermal management system design & fabrication leader. Though we are the world's top provider of thermal straps (often referred to as flexible thermal links or heat straps), our engineers and techs also provide custom cooling system and thermal management design, fabrication and consultation services.

Graphite Fiber Thermal Straps (GFTS)

Thermal Straps

TAI provides the world's only Flexible Graphite Fiber Thermal Strap (GFTS); a technology that has been studied and tested time and again, but only perfected by our engineers. The average GFTS assembly provides 2x - 4x higher thermal performance, yet is a mere 1/5 - 1/10 the mass of an equivalent copper or aluminum straps. GFTS assemblies also provide unmatched vibration attenuation/dampening, and are ideal for thermally conductive vibration isolation.

GFTS Space/Flight Heritage

Our GFTS technology has been space qualified by NASA and several US Aerospace primes, and our straps have flown on the Orion program, in addition to several others. We are also proud to report our GFTS assemblies are currently being used in NASA's SPICE program, GPS, and numerous commercial and research satellites. Our clients include Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace, Honeywell and NASA (among many others).

Copper Thermal Straps (CuTS)

Heat StrapsTAI provides custom and standard configuration OFHC Copper braid and foil Thermal Straps (CuTS).  CuTS are ideal for nearly any ground-based, airborne and space application, and are a far more affordable and better-performing alternative to aluminum foil straps. CuTS clients include: NASA, BAE Systems, Raytheon, LMCO and countless Universities and National Labs across the US and Europe. While they are most often used in prototyping and ground-based commercial or laboratory applications, our  CuTS are also used in a number of US space programs including GOES-R, DSAC, OSIRIS-REx and others.

Custom Cooling System / Thermal Management Consultation and Design Services

Our engineering staff maintains the capability to design, fabricate, and verify a wide range of heat transfer, or thermal management systems.  Beyond our current product base, our engineering team is always eager to be involved in challenging and cutting edge developments with thermal management systems. Some of the projects where TAI previously developed custom cooling and thermal control systems include:

  • Phase Change Material (PCM) heat exchangers
  • Thermally Conductive Vibration Isolation Systems for cryocoolers and other instruments
  • Flexible Thermal Hinges
  • Vapor Compression Refrigeration Systems
  • Cryogenic Insulation and Thermal Management Systems design and fabrication

Whether your application is simple or complex with respect to requirements and interfaces, TAI possess the personnel and the tools necessary to design, analyze, fabricate, and test a wide array of solutions for your thermal management problems. We have experience with many active and passive cooling devices and processes and can perform the engineering to bring cooling optimization into your system.