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Old 22nd January 2006, 09:04 AM   #1
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I am considering using a piece of anodised aluminium plate as a heatsink for an LM3875TF. I was wondering if the anodising will have any significant effect on thermal transfer from the chip to the heatsink.
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Old 22nd January 2006, 09:13 AM   #2
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Anodising make thermal transfer little bit worse, but in practical case it is free... be calm ...
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Anodised aluminium is the normal surface for a heatsink you know.
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Thank you for the reassuring replies. I asked this question because I have only seen heatsinks with anodising on the finned side and a machined surface for mounting components on the other.
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Old 23rd January 2006, 07:39 AM   #5
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Well if it bothers you... stick some sanding paper to a flat piece of glass with woodglue (so you can pull it off later) then use this as a sanding block to wear though the anodised part....

Way too much effort.
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If you really wanted to, you could lap the contact surface of the heatsink with progressively finer grades of wet-dry paper. This will remove the anodising and, if done properly, provide a flatter, smoother surface (read better thermal transfer) for the chip. All you need is a very flat surface like a pane of glass or, better yet, a toolmaker's granite surface plate. Start with 400 grit, then 600, 800 and finally 1000. Keep the paper wet with water and hold the heatsink firmly, flat on the paper on the surface plate. Move the heatsink in a circular fashion and change your grip on the heatsink by 90 degrees every so often.

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Thank you for the reassuring replies. I asked this question because I have only seen heatsinks with anodising on the finned side and a machined surface for mounting components on the other.
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I am considering using a piece of anodised aluminium plate as a heatsink for an LM3875TF. I was wondering if the anodising will have any significant effect on thermal transfer from the chip to the heatsink.
My company makes amplifiers and use an anodized strip of aluminum as the electrical insulator between the heatsink and the output devices. Anodizing is not conductive electrically and thermally far more conductive than a silpad or mica insulator.
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