Patent Number: 8,717,043

Title: Determining thermal interface material (TIM) thickness change

Abstract: An apparatus for determining a thickness change of thermal interface material (TIM) disposed between first and second elements is provided. The apparatus includes a first part movable with the first element in a movement direction along which the TIM thickness is to be determined, a second part movable with the second element in the movement direction and a sensor to measure a distance between the first and second parts in the movement direction, the measured distance being related to the TIM thickness change.

Inventors: Bodenweber; Paul F. (Kingston, NY), Jadhav; Virendra R. (Farum, NY), Sikka; Kamal K. (Poughkeepsie, NY), Zheng; Jiantao (Beacon, NY), Zitz; Jeffrey A. (Poughkeepsie, NY)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G01R 27/00 (20060101); G01N 27/62 (20060101); G01R 27/26 (20060101); G01N 27/22 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/06/12018