NUCAP Industries, Inc., the global innovation company widely known as a producer of braking system components, recently announced the creation of its new division, NUCAP Energy.
NUCAP Energy develops and manufactures engineered metal surfaces, called GRIPMetal, for a wide range of industries, including aerospace applications.
The company has used its years of industry experience to develop advanced, innovative technologies, working with various metal substrates, including stainless steel, aluminium, titanium, brass, and copper.
The technology of surface modification has been successfully used in high-performance automotive brake systems for over two decades, with NUCAP’s solutions trusted for applications in the most extreme temperatures and environments.
Engineered surface materials for aerospace applications
NUCAP Energy offers engineered surface materials for use in the aerospace sector, significantly reducing the mass of cooling systems for electronic components and for climate control.
The company’s GRIPMetal-based solutions improve heat transfer efficiency in thermal applications, as well as provide unprecedented reinforcing capabilities in elements made of composite materials.
NUCAP Energy’s composite materials can simultaneously function as structural, active thermal, and electromagnetic radiation shielding components eliminating the requirement for using extra elements for each separate function lowering both the cost and mass of the final system. Especially the structural strength of GRIPMetal-based composites adds to superior ballistic properties of the material.
Patented non-subtractive processes for material enhancement
NUCAP’s GRIPMetal is fabricated using patented non-subtractive process that enhances the metal surface forming rows of “Velcro-like” hooks. The hooks increase a metal’s surface area without adding to its weight. This means manufacturers can cut down the weight of their products without compromising on its structural and thermal performance.
The company’s cutting-edge processes can fabricate materials using any metal, shape, and hook geometry to meet a range of requirements, offering both single and double-sided enhancements.
Cooled and impact resistant batteries
High efficiency cooling systems are critical to keep electric batteries and electronics running properly. Overheated batteries present a real threat to aerial vehicles, not only due to their ‘explosive’ properties but also due to inferior batteries’ capacity and service lifespan.
Additionally, structural strength of GRIPMetal-based composites can be used in encapsulation of batteries and electronic components to add to safety of an aircraft.
Use of engineered surface material provides manufacturers with more efficient options to draw heat away from batteries and electronic components to maximize their lifespan and performance.
Reliable and durable components for electronics
GRIPMetal-based CPU cooling components and cold plates (especially ones used with Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors – IGBT), provide substantial improvement of heat exchange rate between electronic elements and cooling circuit. Efficient cooling capacity is not only boosting the performance and lifespan of any electronic device, but also results in a higher computation speed. Additional benefit coming from use of GRIPMetal material for electronic circuits is ability of electromagnetic radiation shielding of vital components.
Heat exchangers for climate control applications
NUCAP Energy’s surface modification for heat exchangers can considerably improve the efficiency of heat exchange process in viscous media, such as oils, where heat transfer rate can be improved by nearly 100%, cutting costs and reducing the weight and size of the exchangers.
The company’s enhanced surface material can be used in a variety of heat exchangers, from crossflow and hydronic plate exchangers to large rotary units used in industrial applications.