ElectraCOOL™ Epoxy Edge Sealing
Outstanding Moisture Protection
In many applications it is necessary to protect thermoelectric cooling modules from moisture infiltration. A moisture barrier is used to prevent a degradation in performance, or catastrophic failure, of the module due to junction corrosion or electrical short.
The most typical moisture protection available from most TEC manufacturers is a bead of silicon-based RTV applied around the perimeter of the module. This method is a quick and relatively inexpensive way to keep water droplets out, however, water vapor can penetrate the RTV and become trapped inside a thermoelectric cooler.
We Offer an "aircraft grade" epoxy alternative to RTV
- with much lower vapor permeability
In addition to superior moisture protection, an epoxy edge seal makes the entire more module more durable in both crush and shear strength. Most customers see a significant reduction in damage during assembly. Finally, the thermal bridge created as a result of sealing is less with epoxy than RTV.
The dielectric, mechanical and physical properties of the two sealant types follow:
|Technology||One-component TRV rubber||Two-component RTC rubber|
|Viscosity||Thixotropic Non-slumping||Thixotropic Non-slumping|
|Hardness, Shore A||40||80|
to Al2 O3 ceramics kg/cm²
|Coefficient of thermal conductivity, W/mºK||0.21||0.1280|
|Volume resistance, Ohm·cm||3·1014th||1·1015th|
|Dielectric strength, KV/mm||25||17|
|Dielectric Constant at 1 MHz||2.9||3.1|
|Dissipation factor at 1 MHz||3·10-3rd||1·10-2nd|
|Operating temperature, ºC||-40 ~ +180||-50 ~ +200|
TE Modules manufactured with an Epoxy perimeter seal are designated with an "E" suffix
(for example: TM 127-1.4-8.5 "E").
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