Method to Create Uniform Contact Pressure Between Clamped Surfaces
Original Publication Date: 1980-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-13
It is extremely difficult to maintain good thermal contact between mechanically clamped surfaces in a vacuum. The vacuum in the microscopic spaces between the surfaces acts as an excellent insulator. As a result, only small portions of the surfaces are actually in firm contact, and most heat transfer is through radiation alone.