Proper thermal management is a key to improve the efficiency and reliability of light-emitting diodes (LEDs). This paper aims to report the influence of applying thermally conductive materials on thermal performance of indium gallium aluminum phosphide (InGaAlP)-based thin-film surface-mounted device (SMD) LED.
The LED thermal and optical parameters were determined using the combination of thermal transient tester (T3Ster) and thermal and radiometric characterization of power LEDs (TeraLED) instruments. The LED was mounted on FR4, 2W and 5W aluminum (Al) package substrates. Measurements were carried out by setting different boundary conditions: air between LED package and substrate and using thermally conductive epoxy (TIM A) and adhesive (TIM B) of thermal conductivity 1.67 and 1.78 W/mK, respectively.
For LED mounted on FR4 package, the total real thermal resistance is improved because of TIM B by 6 and 9 per cent at 50 and 100 mA, respectively. Likewise, the relative decrease in total thermal resistance of LED on 2W Al package is about 9 and 11 per cent. As well, for LED mounted on 5W Al package, the total real thermal resistance is reduced by 2 and 4 per cent.
No much work can be found in the literature on thermal interface material effects on thermal performance of low-power SMD LED. This work can assist in thermal management of low-power LEDs.
The authors would like to acknowledge Institute of Postgraduate Studies of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) for the financial support through USM Fellowship.
Raypah, M., Devarajan, M. and Sulaiman, F. (2018), "Influence of thermal interface material on thermal performance of InGaAlP thin-film SMD LED mounted on different substrate packages", Microelectronics International, Vol. 35 No. 2, pp. 104-114. https://doi.org/10.1108/MI-05-2017-0027Download as .RIS
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