great stuff, a enthusiast of the 51 for sure
i will take a plate and prewire please
I can make you one out of carbon fiber for free if you like, might help bring you weight down some and give a better heat transfer
Thanks for the kind words Mark and everyone else. I'm just glad to be able to contribute something worthwhile to the group since I've received some pretty sage advice from members here.
It wouldn't be too hard to look into water jetting a batch of parts out of plate and drilling/inserting them, but I'm kinda busy with another project for the bike. On this one I am making multiples as I go along. I'm not going to say more now, since I want to work at my own pace and also make sure it comes out as planned.
Regarding the CF I appreciate the offer, but I think for this application aluminum is best. If you look at this chart:
Thermal Conductivity of some common Materials and Gases
You'll see aluminum has excellent thermal conductivity, 250 W/(m.K) and
only gold and copper are better.
There's no specific listing for carbon fiber / epoxy panel, but carbon by itself is only 1.7 W/(m.K),
epoxy is only 0.35 W/(m.K)
and fiberglass is even less at .04 W/(m.K).
Must be why Home Depot sells fiberglass insulation!
Anyway, assuming an entire CF panel somehow maintained the highest thermal conductivity of carbon itself, aluminum would still transfer heat 147 times better.
To get it lighter I'm thinking that eventually I'll pull the plate off and mill some more metal out of it. Maybe cut fins in the backside of it to take out weight and also increase the cooling surface area.