Technology Applications, Inc.

Thermal Straps & Aerospace Thermal Management Experts

Technology Applications, Inc. (TAI), headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, is committed to being your thermal straps and thermal management system design & fabrication leader. Our expert personnel have extensive experience in the development of complex, high-performance, thermal systems to meet the most demanding customer requirements. Though we are the world's top provider of thermal straps (often referred to as flexible thermal links or heat straps), our engineers also provide custom cryostat, cryogenic and cooling system consultation, design and fabrication services. 

Thermal Straps (Heat Straps)

Graphite Fiber Thermal Straps (GFTS)

Thermal Straps

TAI provides the world's only Flexible Graphite Fiber Thermal Strap / Heat Strap (GFTS); a technology that has been studied and tested time and again, but only perfected by our engineers. The average GFTS assembly is a mere 1/5 - 1/10 the mass of an equivalent copper or aluminum thermal straps, and provides unmatched vibration attenuation and an extrmeley high thermal conductance to low mass ratio.

Graphite Thermal Strap 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 graphite thermal straps 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 Copper Thermal Straps (CuTS).  CuTS are ideal for nearly any ground-based, airborne and space application (without very strict mass requirements), and are a far cheaper and better-performing alternative to aluminum foil straps. CuTS clients include: NASA, BAE Systems, Raytheon, LMCO and countless Universities and National Labs across the country and Europe. While they are most often used in prototyping and ground-based and/or laboratory applications, our  CuTS are also used in a number of US space programs including GOES-R, DSAC, and OSIRIS-REx

Custom Cryostat & Cooling System Consultation and Design Services

Technology Applications, Inc. was formed in 1994 by former engineers that specialized in the development of cryogenic and thermal management systems. The two principal founding members had direct experience developing some of the original space-based cryogenic systems including the Apollo cryogenic oxygen and hydrogen fuel cell tanks.  Our current engineering staff maintains the full capability to design, fabricate, and verify virtually any cryogenic, heat transfer, or thermal management system.  Beyond our current product base our engineering team is always eager to be involved in challenging and cutting edge developments with thermal management and cryogenic systems. Some of the more recent projects where TAI has developed custom cooling and thermal control systems include:

  • Custom Cryostats
  • 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 nearly any cooling system architecture that will suit your needs. We have direct experience with most active and passive cooling devices and processes and can perform the engineering to bring cooling optimization into your system.