Thermal Strap Solutions - TAI
Aerospace | Laboratory | Commercial
Technology Applications, Inc. (TAI), headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, is the world's premier provider of thermal straps (often referred to as "flexible thermal links," "heat straps," or "thermal braids"). We offer the most comprehensive array of custom and standard model strap products in the industry, in addition to our thermal strap testing services. Each year, we provide thousands of copper straps, and dozens of graphite & carbon straps to customers from NASA, to Lockheed Martin, Airbus, Ball, and countless commercial electronics companies, national labs, and universities across the globe.
Our thermal strap products, designs and processes have flight heritage, and our team of engineering experts have years of thermal strap design, fabrication, and qualification experience, and extensive experience with space flight programs (and the associated qualification and reporting requirements). Unlike some competitors, all of our strap products are assembled right here at our facility, by our experts, and TAI never outsources or uses counterfeit straps. Your program deserves only the best, so trust the experts at TAI to deliver the highest quality, most affordable thermal strap solution available.
TAI's Thermal Strap Products
TAI began development work on, and built our first Graphite Fiber Thermal Straps (GFTS™), in 1995, and was later awarded USAF SBIR Ph I and Ph II programs in 1996 and 1997, to further develop and research GFTS™ and thermally-conductive vibration isolation technology. 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 strap/assembly. GFTS™ assemblies also provide unmatched vibration attenuation/damping, and are ideal for thermally conductive vibration isolation.
Our GFTS™ technology has been space qualified by NASA, ESA, JAXA and several US Aerospace primes, and our straps have flown on the ORION & ASTRO-H programs, in addition to several others. We are also proud to report our GFTS™ assemblies are currently being used in NASA's SPICE program, GRACE-FO, GPS, EnMAP, and numerous US and European commercial and research satellites set to launch in 2017.
To see examples of previous prototype & FM graphite straps, visit our Graphite Thermal Strap Gallery page.TAI provides custom and standard configuration OFHC Copper braid Thermal Straps (CuTS™). TAI's CuTS™ are the most affordable straps commercially-available, and are ideal for customers with limited budgets, or with commercial electronics or cryogenic applications. While they are most often used in ground-based applications, our CuTS™ are also used in a number of US space programs including GOES-R, DSAC, OSIRIS-REx, GRACE-FO and others. TAI will also be releasing our OFHC cu foil thermal strap product line in the summer of 2016.