Advanced Cooling Technologies Aluminum-Ammonia Heat Pipe Space Flight Heritage

Advanced Cooling Technologies Aluminum-Ammonia Heat Pipe Space Flight Heritage

Constant Conductance Heat Pipes

Lancaster, PA, June 24, 2019 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today that their CCHP products have reached 35 Million Hours of Space Flight Operation. Numerous satellites carrying ACT hardware have launched over the past two (2) years, bringing ACT’s total flight heritage for Aluminum-Ammonia CCHPs to:

  • 35 Million Hours of Operation
  • 700+ Heat Pipes in Orbit
  • Zero Failures

“Our CCHP production line has been operating efficiently, allowing us to meet tight schedules and deliver high quality, flight worthy parts to our customer base” stated Jared Montgomery, ACT’s Lead Engineer and Program Manager for CCHP Production.

“ACT would like to thank our satellite industry partners for their support and continued trust in our manufacturing, quality and engineering capabilities,” said Bryan Muzyka, ACT Manager, Sales & Marketing. “We value these partnerships, and look forward to years of operational success and collaborating on future hardware builds.”

A live CCHP space flight hours clock is available on ACT’s website.  ACT celebrated 25 Million Hours of Operation in June of 2018.

 

About ACT

ACT specializes in engineered solutions utilizing advanced thermal technology, and the development and manufacture of custom thermal products. ACT designs and manufactures HiK™ plates, heat pipes, PCM heat sinks, cold plates, pumped single phase loops, pumped two phase products, and custom thermal, fluid, and mechanical systems for customers in diverse markets; including Aerospace, Military, Power Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Recovery Systems.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

Advanced Cooling Technologies: Global Reach, Local Roots

ACT”s Advanced Cool Runnings Team at the 2019 YWCA Race Against Racism.

Lancaster, PA, May 21, 2019 –  Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT), based in Lancaster County, is an internationally known advanced thermal technology company that has not forgotten its Central PA roots.  Most recently, the organization sponsored a team to run in the YWCA Race Against Racism and volunteered together at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

At the YWCA Race Against Racism, held Saturday, April 27th in downtown Lancaster, ACT’s “Advanced Cool Runnings” team took home the award for Largest Team from a Large Business (over 100 employees), with 45 participants.  In addition, three employees finished in the top ten of their age division. Andy Lutz (20:41) – 5th place in age group, Kristen Frawley (25:12) – 8th place in age group, Richard Bonner (22:06) – 9th place in age group. ACT and its employees enjoy supporting this annual event that raises money to support the Lancaster YWCA’s local Social Justice programs.

Later that same week, ACT practiced team-building while supporting the local community, sending a large group to volunteer at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. 20 employees visited the facility in Harrisburg, and together they helped pack 1,285 bags over the course of two hours.  This food bank services all of South Central PA and needs volunteers for various shifts Monday-Friday.

ACT packed more than 1,200 bags of apples at a recent volunteer outing at the Central PA Food Bank.

“These events were organized by employee-run committees who take great pride in being involved with our local community,” said Diane Baldassarre, VP of Administration.  “Despite being a company that serves customers internationally, our employees and our families and friends live in Central PA, and we want to do whatever we can to give back.”

ACT invests in activities designed to influence positive change within our community and our employees. In August 2017, ACT donated the “Thermal Zone” to Lancaster Science Factory – a new heat transfer exhibit featuring three interactive stations to demonstrate each type of heat transfer: Convection, Conduction, and Radiation. ACT employees have continued partner with the Science Factory, sending a group last Fall to assist in readying space during their expansion period, and servicing the exhibit for its new placement in the enlarged facility. Read about the LSF expansion.

About ACT
ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops and thermal storage devices for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s Facility measures more than 50,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality systems in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality, cost effective, thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellite, and military programs as well as for numerous commercial applications. Simultaneously, ACT’s broad and diverse R&D efforts are developing thermal solutions for tomorrow’s emerging technologies.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

ACT Receives 2018 Supplier Excellence Award from L3 Technologies

Lancaster, PA, May 13, 2019 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today that the company received the 2018 Supplier Excellence Award from L3 Technologies (L3T), an award given to suppliers that show “exemplary performance and commitment to L3 Technologies.”

Pictured (left to right): Dan Anderson, Supplier Quality Manager for L3T’s Salt Lake City division; Craig Archuleta, Manager of Supply Chain Engineering for L3T’s Salt Lake City division; Jens Weyant, Manager, Defense/Aerospace Products for ACT.

On this particular program, ACT and L3T began a partnership in late 2017 to develop a thermal management solution to meet rigorous power, environmental and long-term production objectives. ACT developed a solution that introduced an alternate thermal management technology to the system. The resulting design met all strict thermal and mechanical requirements needed for an avionics application, as well as lowering the manufacturing cost in both low rate and production volumes.

This development program included an expedited design period during which ACT engineers analytically demonstrated the ability for the new thermal technology to meet all mission requirements.  This included technology implementation, mechanical feature development and detailed thermal simulations. Craig Archuleta, L3T’s Manager of Supply Chain Engineering was involved in all engineering communication and provided the following feedback, “I do Critical Design Reviews monthly and I’ve found few that have the engineering depth, robustness and the technical acumen that this team has.”

Once the design concluded, manufacturing workplans were developed for the initial low rate build. ACT successfully delivered these parts on time and on-quality. “A 100% quality rating for a supplier is rarely heard of, especially for a new supplier,” said Dan Anderson, L3T’s Quality Manager.

ACT and L3T continue to partner on production builds of this part.

“ACT would like to thank L3T for the recognition and support throughout this program. Our priority in any development program is to meet mission performance goals and ultimately enhance the end user experience,” said Jens Weyant, Manager of Defense/Aerospace at ACT. “On this program, that goal was achieved through strong collaboration and communication.”

Members of L3T and the team at ACT. Left to Right (Top): Shakeena Dixon, Bryan Muzyka, Dan Reist, Pete Dussinger, Mike Silvestrini, Craig Wertz, Dan Anderson (L3T), Craig Archuleta (L3T), Jens Weyant, Larry Waltman, Dustin Kreider, John Hartenstine, Dan Fritch, Eric Garvin, Darrell Beck, Scott Boyer, Jason Detwiler, Matt Cardenuto. Left to Right (Bottom): Jordan Tingley, Chet Bentley, Paul Clark, Tonya Martin, Joel Ober, John Brubaker. Not Pictured: Troy Dinges.

ABOUT ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures PCM heat sinks, cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, custom thermal, fluid, and mechanical systems, and pumped liquid and two-phase loops for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

ACT’s Facility measures more than 60,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality, cost effective, thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellite, and military programs as well as for numerous commercial applications. Simultaneously ACT’s broad and diverse R&D efforts are developing thermal solutions for tomorrow’s emerging technologies.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

MEDIA CONTACT

Amanda Brunish
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Brunish@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0608
www.1-ACT.com

 

 

ACT Recertified for ISO and AS9100 Quality Standards

Lancaster, PA, February 4, 2019 – Advanced Cooling Technologies (ACT), Inc. announced today that it has successfully passed a rigorous surveillance audit for recertification for ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D.  The Quality Management Systems (QMS) audit, performed by accredited registrar Intertek Testing Services, covers the design and manufacturing of ACT’s products and services for the aviation, space and defense industries along with all other terrestrial markets.  This recertification ensures ACT is compliant to the most current industry QMS standards.

For the past several years, ACT has been expanding its physical footprint to over 60,000 sq ft. with more to come in 2019.  These expansions accommodate ACT’s growth serving varied markets, including aerospace, defense, electronics, and electronic enclosures.

Darrell Beck, ACT’s Quality Manager, successfully led ACT through this and many other quality audits. “ACT’s customers demand strict quality standards, and we take those demands very seriously.  Our recertification for AS9100 and ISO9001 validates ACT’s commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.”

ACT’s current quality certifications can be found at https://www.1-act.com/act-quality/

ACT possesses in-house equipment to ensure quality of our products.

About ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures PCM heat sinks, cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, custom thermal, fluid, and mechanical systems, and pumped liquid and two-phase loops for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

ACT’s Facility measures more than 60,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality, cost effective, thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellite, and military programs as well as for numerous commercial applications. Simultaneously ACT’s broad and diverse R&D efforts are developing thermal solutions for tomorrow’s emerging technologies.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

Media Contact

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625
www.1-ACT.com

 

ACT Acquires Parker Hannifin’s Precision Cooling Business

Lancaster, PA January 14, 2019 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (“ACT”), a premier thermal management solutions company, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Parker Hannifin Corporation’s Precision Cooling Business (“PCB”), a leading supplier of Pumped Two Phase Cooling products for power electronics applications.

“Pumped Two Phase Cooling is a growing technology area for ACT,” said Dr. Jon Zuo, President and Chief Technical Officer of ACT. “Combining PCB’s position in the power electronics industry and ACT’s strength in the defense and aerospace markets will offer our customers more design options and enhanced product reliability.”

Following the completion of the acquisition, all the PCB assets were transferred to ACT’s Lancaster, Pennsylvania facility and integrated into its Industrial Products Group.

“ACT and Parker are working closely to ensure a smooth transition for our customers and suppliers,” said John Hartenstine, Vice President of Operations and Quality Assurance at ACT. “We are excited to start shipping products in the coming weeks.”

About Pumped Two Phase Cooling Technology

Pumped Two Phase Cooling, also known as Pumped Evaporative Cooling, is an active cooling technology that utilizes the latent energy associated with the boiling of a working fluid to efficiently remove large amounts of waste heat. Compared with single phase cooling, Pumped Two Phase Cooling enables lower flow rate, reduction in system size, reduction in pumping power, higher heat flux (a measure of heat density) removal capability, more uniform temperature across the heat source surface, and practical use of dielectric working fluids such as refrigerants. For more information on how the technology works, please visit www.1-ACT.com/Resources/Pumped-Two-Phase-Cooling/.

The Precision Cooling Business is a leader in designing and manufacturing refrigerant based Pumped Two Phase Cooling systems and assemblies. Its products have been used in cooling of electric drives, inverters, motors and generators, batteries, and other high power electronic devices. More information on ACT’s Pumped Two Phase Solutions, both standard and custom, can be found at https://www.1-ACT.com/Products/Pumped-Two-Phase-Cooling-Solutions/.

About ACT

ACT is a developer and manufacturer of advanced thermal management solutions for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Defense, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Recovery Systems. ACT’s Lancaster, Pennsylvania facility measures more than 65,000 square feet and is certified to ISO9001 and AS9100 quality standards. For more information, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

About Parker Hannifin

Parker Hannifin is a global leader in motion and control technologies. For more information, please visit www.Parker.com.

Media Contact

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625

INHECO Signs Long Term Agreement for ACT Vapor Chambers

Figure 1. INHECO Vapor Chamber Mount VCM© Technology

Lancaster, PA, December 10, 2018 –  Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today that they have  entered into a long term supplier agreement with German-based INHECO Industrial Heating & Cooling GmbH.  In the two-year agreement, ACT will provide INHECO with cutting-edge Vapor Chamber Assemblies.  The vapor chambers are part of INHECO’s Thermal Cycler product line used for Biomedical Research and Diagnostics.  ACT will assemble these advanced vapor chambers under INHECO’s VCM® Technology brand and intellectual property.  The thermal cyclers take benefit from the ultrafast heat spreading capability of vapor chambers, which – through highly efficient, passive two phase heat transfer – provides the unit with the precise temperature uniformity required for these high-end biomedical applications.

ACT and INHECO have been closely working together for several years, developing and maturing this crucial technology. Through that long collaboration, “ACT consistently demonstrated strong technical expertise and high-quality manufacturing capability,” according to INHECO CEO Guenter Tenzler.  “Now that we have progressed to launching the products and the technology commercially, it’s only natural to continue down the path that has brought us so much success to date.  We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial collaboration,” Mr. Tenzler noted.

ACT’s Scott Garner, Vice President Industrial Products, added, “Our joint development with INHECO has further demonstrated the benefits of using vapor chambers for heat spreading and transfer. We are excited to continue to work with INHECO and to see this technology advance into a gold standard for thermocycling applications.”

ABOUT ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures PCM heat sinks, cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, custom thermal, fluid, and mechanical systems, and pumped liquid and two-phase loops for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

ACT’s Facility measures more than 60,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality, cost effective, thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellites, and numerous military and commercial applications. ACT’s diverse R&D efforts are developing thermal solutions for tomorrow’s emerging technologies.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

MEDIA CONTACT

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625
www.1-ACT.com

 

ACT Announces $2M Contract Award with Indian Space Organization URSC

Examples of ACT’s CCHPs

Lancaster, PA November 26, 2018 –  Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT)  announced today that it has successfully completed Design Readiness Review with UR Rao Satellite Centre (URSC) out of Bangalore, India. URSC contracted ACT to manufacture over 600 space flight Aluminum-Ammonia Constant Conductance Heat Pipes (CCHPs). The contract is valued at over $2M USD and will be executed through 2021. This is the largest non-US contract in ACT’s history and is a significant step for the globalization of ACT’s space products.

“ACT is pleased and excited to being working with URSC.  India is one of the countries at the forefront of satellite market expansion and having our CCHPs on so many of their upcoming flights is a great example of an international space partnership.  We feel honored to be working with such a prestigious organization.” said Jens Weyant, ACT’s Defense and Aerospace Group Manager.

ACT is represented by S M Creative Electronics Limited in India (SMCEL). SMCEL was critical throughout the process and continues to be a strong partner for ACT, helping to introduce our products and technologies to the growing aerospace industry in India. Learn More about SMCEL at https://www.smcel.com/

ACT is on-board 30 satellites and has achieved over 27 Million on-orbit operating hours with it’s ammonia CCHP product line. In 2017, ACT also gained space flight heritage for copper-water heat pipes. Copper-water heat pipes are used for higher heat flux component cooling and heat spreading. ACT is AS9100D certified for space flight hardware manufacturing.

Learn more about CCHPs and other Spacecraft Thermal Control Products at 1-ACT.com.

ABOUT ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures PCM heat sinks, cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, custom thermal, fluid, and mechanical systems, and pumped liquid and two-phase loops for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

ACT’s Facility measures more than 60,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality, cost effective, thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellites, and numerous military and commercial applications. ACT’s diverse R&D efforts are developing thermal solutions for tomorrow’s emerging technologies.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

MEDIA CONTACT

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625
www.1-ACT.com

ACT Awarded over $6M in R&D Contracts

ACT’s investigation of unique gasification reactor designs: (Left) MFiX-TFM simulation (particle in blue, gas in red), (Right) experimental cold flow validation.

Lancaster, PA October 16, 2018 –  Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today that it is continuing its rapid technology diversification through multiple R&D contract wins.  In 2017 and early 2018, ACT was awarded over 18 new contracts totaling more than 6 million dollars through government-funded Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) and Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) programs.  These contracts were awarded from several different government agencies, including DOE, DOD (Air Force, Navy, Defense Health Agency), NASA, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

According to Dr. Richard Bonner III, Vice President of R&D at ACT, “These awards demonstrate ACT’s continued diversification into R&D areas such as advanced modeling, desalination, combustion, and our continuing development of unique test rigs.”  More information on ACT’s R&D can be found on ACT’s Innovations page, and ACT’s technical papers.

Notable examples of recent awards include:

  • Brackish Water for Condensation Irrigation (USDA)
  • Enhanced Dropwise Condensation for Improved Dry Cooling Efficiency (DOE)
  • A Novel Process Modeling framework for Linear Friction Welding (Air Force)
  • Plasma-Assisted Low-Temperature Combustion and Ignition (DOE)
  • Hybrid Heat Pipes for High Heat Flux Applications (NASA)
  • Electrically Isolated Hybrid Two-Phase Cooling System (DOE)
  • PCM-based Ocean Thermal Energy Harvesting (Navy)
  • Solar Thermal Assisted Vacuum Freezing Desalination of Seawater at the Triple Point (DOE)
  • Spectrographic Thin Film Measurement Technology for Wafer Process Control (DMEA)
  • Loop Thermosyphon Enhanced Solar Collector (DOE EERE)
  • Variable View Factor Two-Phase Radiator (NASA)
  • Limb Cooling Device to Preserve Ischemic Extremity for Prolonged Field Care (Defense Health Agency)
  • Spouted Bed Reactor Designs for Thermal Desorption of Mercury Compounds (DOE)
  • Stabilized Particles for Volumetric Energy Density Enhancement of Liquid Fuels (Navy)
  • Innovative Technology Development to Enhance Fossil Power System Efficiency (DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory)

This year, ACT has continued to expand its R&D into new areas such as:

Many of ACT’s R&D programs are in collaboration with industrial and academic partners.  Some of the academic partners in the past year include: Case Western University, Florida State University, Iowa State University, Lehigh University, University of Maryland, Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), UCLA, University of Texas Austin, and the University of Southern California.

In 2011, ACT was awarded a Tibbets award from the Small Business Administration (SBA).  SBA presents the awards nationally to small companies and individuals that have advanced technical innovation and economic growth through its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

“Many of ACT’s products were initially developed on SBIR and STTR programs, including Constant Conductance Heat Pipes, PCM Heat Sinks, and Copper-Water Heat Pipes for spacecraft thermal control,” said Dr. William Anderson, Chief Engineer for R&D at ACT.  “We continue to commercialize SBIR research, most recent with ICE-Lok™, a thermally enhanced wedgelock developed on an Air Force SBIR program.  SBIR.Gov has ranked ACT in the 90th percentile for commercializing SBIR/STTR programs.”

For more information about these emerging technologies, visit our website.

ABOUT ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures PCM heat sinks, cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, custom thermal, fluid, and mechanical systems, and pumped liquid and two-phase loops for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

ACT’s Facility measures more than 60,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality, cost effective, thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellites, and numerous military and commercial applications. ACT’s diverse R&D efforts are developing thermal solutions for tomorrow’s emerging technologies.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

MEDIA CONTACT

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625
www.1-ACT.com

ACT Granted Patent for its Thermally Enhanced ICE-Lok™ Wedgelocks for Embedded Computing Applications

Lancaster, PA August 16, 2018 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued  ACT US Patent 10,034,403, “Card Retainer Device.”  The patent acknowledges the unique design of a thermally enhanced wedgelock, a component used to secure a card module to a sidewall in embedded computing systems.

This patent marks ACT’s 15th patent in company history since its inception in 2003.

Embedded computing systems are used in ruggedized computer assemblies and used in demanding environments such as military and aerospace vehicles.  Adoption of these assemblies has been widespread due to the inherent ease of maintenance and open architecture that encourages upgrades to systems as they become available.  To enable the ever-increasing computational power while maintaining component temperatures, efforts are needed to reduce thermal resistance.

ACT’s Iso-thermal Card Edge clamp, “ICE-Lok™,” is a card retainer device providing the maximum surface area possible for heat transfer from a card module to the chassis while limiting forces applied to the side-wall of the chassis and card through a friction-locking design.  ACT is the only provider of this style of clamp.

According to Mr. Jens Weyant, ACT’s Defense/Aerospace Products Group Manager, “We’ve been supplying our military customers with excellent thermal management solutions for both the conduction cooled cards and the chassis.  A common complaint was the thermal bottle-neck presented by standard COTS card retainers.  A successful SBIR effort resulted in the new ICE-Lok™.  We now offer solutions for all thermal resistances between the chip and ultimate heat sink.  This includes the HiK™ conduction cards, the ICE-Lok, and HiK™ Chassis solutions. We’re excited to begin working with customers to deliver the improved thermal performance they’ve been asking us for.”

ACT’s ICE-Loks™ have been rigorously tested and when used in place of a commercial off the shelf wedgelock can result in a thermal savings of up to 30%

About ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures PCM heat sinks, cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, custom thermal, fluid, and mechanical systems, and pumped liquid and two-phase loops for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

ACT’s Facility measures more than 60,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality, cost effective, thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellites, and numerous military and commercial applications. ACT’s diverse R&D efforts are developing thermal solutions for tomorrow’s emerging technologies.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

Media Contact

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625
www.1-ACT.com

ACT Achieves UL 207 for HVAC Heat Pipe Heat Exchangers

Lancaster, PA August 9, 2018 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today that it has received the Notice of Completion and Authorization to Apply the UL Mark to its HVAC heat pipe heat exchanger products.  ACT’s wrap around heat exchangers (WAHX) and air-to-air heat exchangers (AAHX), in both the pipe-to-pipe and split loop thermosyphon configurations, with or without control valves, comply with the applicable requirements of UL 207 – Standard for Refrigerant-Containing Components and Accessories, Nonelectrical.  ACT’s HVAC heat pipe heat exchangers are designed to boost HVAC system performance through enhanced dehumidification, free reheat for neutral air applications, and energy cost savings in building ventilation systems.

This UL Certification is significant because many of the HVAC Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are UL shops; and as such, all of the components used in the assembly of the final product are required to be UL marked.  It is also significant because it demonstrates and quantifies, through a globally recognized third party testing agency, the robustness of ACT’s HVAC products.

Pete Dussinger, a Vice President of ACT, noted, “ACT’s latest UL certification for our HVAC Heat Pipe Heat Exchanger line of products verifies what we have known all along – the quality of our products, the innovative technologies, and the custom solutions that we provide have always exceeded the industry standard.  But now there is an indisputable trust factor that specifiers/customers can count on for delivery of the highest technical quality.”

ACT’s Heat Pipe Heat Exchangers are typically used in HVAC applications.  Wrap around heat exchangers (WAHXs) are typically used in warm, humid locations to enhance dehumidification and/or to provide significant energy savings in neutral air applications.  Air-to-air heat exchangers (AAHXs) are typically used in building ventilation applications to maintain a high level of indoor air quality while conserving a significant amount of energy across all of the seasons.

More information about ACT’s HVAC Heat Pipe Heat Exchanger products, including datasheets, user manuals, and online selection tools, can be found at: www.1-ACT.com/HVAC.

About ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops and thermal storage devices for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, LED, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

ACT’s facility measures more than 60,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality and cost effective thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellite and military programs as well as for numerous commercial applications.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

Media Contact

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 295-6121

ACT Awarded $1.5M Funding for DOE Solar-Thermal Desalination Technologies

Lancaster, PA  July 10, 2018 – Advanced Cooling Technologies (ACT) announces that it was selected to receive a $1.5 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to advance solar-thermal desalination technologies, which can reduce the cost and expand the market for creating freshwater from otherwise unusable waters.

ACT’s Solar Desalination Design for DOE

In this project, ACT will work with the University of Maryland to develop a loop thermosyphon solar collection system for efficient, low-cost solar-thermal desalination that does not require fluid to be actively pumped throughout the system. Current solar thermal systems have high costs due to the material, installation, operation, and maintenance requirements of the systems, which also increase the fresh water price from solar desalination.  This project aims to solve this problem by lowering the material and installation cost, thereby eliminating the major need for active system operation and maintenance by the new technology.

According to Dr. Fangyu Cao, PI of this project, “With our strong heritage in heat pipes and loop thermosyphon products, ACT is uniquely qualified to satisfy the needs of solar desalination market. We are very excited to work with SETO and bring our technology to this sector.”

The system will take advantage of nanofluids with higher solar absorptivity to improve the system’s efficiency and simplify the collection and conversion of solar-thermal energy used in desalination processes.  ACT’s two-phase thermosyphon technology will be used to transfer the thermal energy for steam generation passively and effectively, with minimal additional costs after the system is installed.

Dr. William Anderson, Chief Engineer at ACT, said, “We are excited to work with the University of Maryland to extend our desalination expertise into low cost solar desalination systems.”

SETO has selected 14 projects in its Solar Desalination program to reduce the cost of solar-thermal desalination by performing integrated tests on best-in-class, near-commercial desalination systems that produce repeatable results with clear and quantifiable objectives. Electricity costs account for up to half of the operating expenses for today’s desalination operations and require plants to be grid-connected. Using solar-thermal power and low-cost components for integrated designs can enable smaller, more portable systems and expand access to desalination technologies.

ACT’s innovative Research and Development group continues to seek out novel and diverse opportunities in new markets beyond common thermal management applications, including desalination, combustion, advanced coatings, and advanced modeling at multiple scales.  For more information on ACT’s R&D group and their innovations, please visit www.1-act.com/innovations.

About the Solar Energy Technologies Office

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office supports early-stage research and development to improve the affordability, reliability, and performance of solar technologies on the grid. Learn more at energy.gov/solar-office.

About ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops and thermal storage devices for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

The R&D team at ACT has engineers with backgrounds in mechanical, electrical, chemical, aerospace, nuclear, materials, manufacturing and physics. Their expertise assures we can serve wide variety of material, thermal and modeling challenges in diverse applications.

ACT’s Facility measures more than 50,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality, cost effective, thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellite, and military programs as well as for numerous commercial applications. Simultaneously ACT’s broad and diverse R&D efforts are developing thermal solutions for tomorrow’s emerging technologies.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

Media Contact

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625
www.1-ACT.com

 

ACT’s New Patent Expands Its Spacecraft Thermal Control Solution Offerings

Lancaster, PA June 5, 2018 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted ACT US Patent 9,952,000, “Constant Conductance Heat Pipe (CCHP) Assembly for High Heat Flux.” The patent teaches how to increase heat flux capabilities for CCHPs, used commonly to dissipate heat from satellite electronics, by combining them with copper/water heat pipes.  ACT is one of the very few companies that have flight heritage with both aluminum/ammonia CCHPs and copper/water heat pipes.

According to Mr. Jens Weyant, ACT’s Defense/Aerospace Products Group Manager, “For years, we have been supplying our spacecraft customers with CCHPs, which can accept heat fluxes of up to 10-15W/cm2.  This has become a serious constraint, as electronic devices continue to increase in power and shrink in size.  By combining CCHPs with copper/water heat pipes, we can now provide products that can handle heat fluxes of more than 50W/cm2. Our customers are very excited about this new capability.”

The main feature of the invention is the embedding of copper/water heat pipes in the flanges of aluminum/ammonia CCHPs.  See Figure 1.  This innovation benefits both the aluminum evaporator and the condenser.  In the evaporator, copper-water heat pipes can accept a heat flux up to 50W/cm2 or more.  The heat is then spread along the CCHP to a flux that is manageable and on the order of 15W/cm2 or less. In the condenser, copper/water heat pipes can be used to transfer heat to/from a remote location as shown in Figure 2.  The copper water heat pipes can also be embedded in the condenser flange, to improve the effective thermal conductivity.

Figure 1: An axial groove CCHP with embedded copper/water heat pipes can accept higher heat fluxes than a conventional CCHP.

Figure 1: An axial groove CCHP with embedded copper/water heat pipes can accept higher heat fluxes than a conventional CCHP.

Figure 2: Copper/water heat pipes can be embedded in an axial groove CCHP condenser to spread heat, and connect to a remote heat spreader.

Figure 2: Copper/water heat pipes can be embedded in an axial groove CCHP condenser to spread heat, and connect to a remote heat spreader.

ACT’s Spacecraft Products

With trusted expertise in engineering and manufacturing spacecraft thermal control systems, ACT consistently delivers innovative solutions to meet the most demanding spacecraft performance requirements. ACT offers one of the most complete product lines for spacecraft thermal control, including:

  • Constant Conductance Heat Pipes
  • Variable Conductance Heat Pipes
  • Loop Heat Pipes
  • Copper Water Heat Pipes
  • High Conductivity (HiK™) Plates
  • Phase Change Material (PCM) Heat Sinks
  • Accumulators for Pumped Fluid Systems
  • Cold Plates for Thermal Vacuum Testing (TVAC)

For more information, visit ACT’s Spacecraft Thermal Control Products page, or read our blog post with ACT’s Space Flight Heritage Timeline.

About ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures PCM heat sinks, cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, custom thermal, fluid, and mechanical systems, and pumped liquid and two-phase loops for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

ACT’s Facility measures more than 60,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality, cost effective, thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellites, and numerous military and commercial applications. ACT’s diverse R&D efforts are developing thermal solutions for tomorrow’s emerging technologies.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

Media Contact

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625
www.1-ACT.com

ACT Introduces ICE-Lok™: Thermally Optimized Wedgelocks for Military Chassis

ICE-Lok™ Thermally Enhanced Wedgelocks (Patent Pending)

ICE-Lok™ Thermally Enhanced Wedgelocks (Patent Pending)

Lancaster, PA May 2, 2018 –  Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today the launch of its new patented Isothermal Card Edge, ICE-Lok™ wedgelocks.  ICE-Lok™ is designed to enhance the card-to-chassis, through-the-wedgelock heat conduction by adding more contact surfaces between the card and the chassis.  The new wedgelock design offers a 30% reduction in thermal resistance compared to similarly sized COTS wedgelocks.  This has enabled reduction of component temperatures of up to 10°C in some 100W card applications.  ICE-Lok™ wedgelocks have been thoroughly tested for thermal and mechanical stability with repeated insertion/removal testing.  They are designed to meet the dimensional requirements of the VITA specification; and the new friction lock feature ensures that card deformation is avoided.

According to Mr. Jens Weyant, ACT’s Defense/Aerospace Products Group Manager, “For years we have been supplying our military customers with excellent thermal management solutions for both the conduction cooled cards and the chassis frame.  With the new ICE-Lok™ wedgelocks we can now offer solutions to all the thermal bottlenecks in ruggedized chassis, ensuring the electronic devices can operate with maximum performance.  We’re excited to begin working with customers to deliver the improved thermal performance they’ve been asking us for.”

ACT’s R&D and Product Development engineers have been developing the ICE-Lok™ for several years, working with the military and their suppliers to address the critical thermal and mechanical requirements.  The ICE-Lok™ is a wedge-type card retainer, but with the wedge faces cut at compound angles. When actuated, this allows the wedges to move with two degrees of freedom, expanding the card retainer in two, rather than one, directions.  The ICE-Lok™ also uses “L” shaped wedges to make a direct thermal connection between the card and chassis, significantly increasing the contact area between the card, clamp, and chassis.  This approach bypasses the significant wedge-to-wedge thermal resistance in a conventional wedgelock and contacts four faces rather than two as with a conventional wedgelock. ICE-Lok™ can be seamlessly integrated into standard VITA systems, creating longer life and higher reliability for a system’s critical components without costly board or chassis redesign.

For more technical information about ICE-LokTM, as well as to access an installation guide, visit our website.  ICE-LokTM  wedgelocks are aluminum-based material available in both 3/8” and 1/4” cross sections and are designed to meet the dimensional requirements of the VITA specification. A variety of coatings are also available including: Clear Chem Film, Electroless Nickel, Black Anodized and Teflon Hard Coat.  Please contact us through our website, or by calling 717.295.6061.  The Thermal Experts at ACT are waiting to discuss your embedded computing systems application and help you choose the right ICE-Lok™ wedgelocks for you.

ABOUT ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures PCM heat sinks, cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, custom thermal, fluid, and mechanical systems, and pumped liquid and two-phase loops for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

ACT’s Facility measures more than 60,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality, cost effective, thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellites, and numerous military and commercial applications. ACT’s diverse R&D efforts are developing thermal solutions for tomorrow’s emerging technologies.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

MEDIA CONTACT

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625
www.1-ACT.com

ACT Receives Initial Production Contract from L3 for MUMT-X HiK™ Heat Sinks

Apache helicopter. Credit: military.com

April 4th 2018 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today that it has received a production contract for heat sinks supporting L3 Technologies Data Link products. L3’s data link technology will be integrated into the U.S. Army’s Apache Manned/Unmanned Teaming – eXpanded Capabilities (MUMT-X) helicopter program. The heat sinks will keep critical components operational during periods of harsh environments including altitude, temperature, and dust/fog. The ultimate system provided by L3 will enable communications and data teaming between manned and unmanned aircraft, allowing missions to be executed without risking our war fighters. ACT has been working with L3 to develop a unique embedded heat pipe design (HiK™ plate) conducive to high thermal performance, structural strength and cost-effective manufacturing. The total contract nears $1 Million and is scheduled to begin immediately and run through 2019.

ACT’s Defense and Aerospace Group Manager, Jens Weyant commented, “We’re proud to be a part of L3’s program and excited about the opportunity to provide our service men and women with useful technology. This application follows most industry trends of more power in a smaller package. Our HiK™ plate technology is able to spread this increased heat flux to manageable level and keep critical devices at a safe temperature, translating to higher reliability”.

ACT DefAero Products Group is a leader for thermal technologies to support harsh environment defense activity as well as space thermal control systems. This group has successfully demonstrated 20+ Million Hours of on-orbit heritage with a multitude of products and technologies.

ACT is premiere thermal management solutions provider and is a leader in thermal products and technologies for defense, satellite, power electronics, LED and HVAC/energy recovery applications. We pride ourselves on providing the highest level of service and highest quality products throughout various industries.

More Information on the MUMT-X Program:
https://www.l3t.com/press-release/l3-receives-production-contract-us-army-apache-mumt-x-program
MUMTi Sales Sheet

 

ACT Contact:
Bryan Muzyka, Sales Manager
(717)-205-0639
Bryan.Muzyka@1-ACT.com

ACT’s New High-Heat-Flux Constant Conductance Heat Pipes (CCHPs) Triple Performance

Lancaster, PA March 6, 2018 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today that its new hybrid wick Constant Conductance Heat Pipes (CCHPs) for spacecraft applications have demonstrated a more than 3x improvement in heat flux capability, compared to current standard products.  Testing of the CCHP, seen in Fig 1., was performed by Lockheed Martin under NASA SBIR-Phase II program at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) with Dr. Jeff Farmer as the technical monitor. The testing showed the ACT’s new Hybrid Wick Technology could transfer a heat flux of at least 50 W/cm2, where the testing was terminated. Standard CCHPs performance starts degrading at 15 W/cm2, when they begin to exhibit dry out conditions.

Figure 1. ACT High Heat Flux Heat Pipe Based on the Hybrid Wick Technology

Figure 1. ACT High Heat Flux Heat Pipe Based on the Hybrid Wick Technology

According to Dr. Mohammed Ababneh, ACT’s Principal Investigator on this project, “We were pleased to see the results from Lockheed Martin confirm our in-house test results.  We believe the hybrid wick CCHPs will address a need for more demanding spacecraft thermal performance.”

A CCHP transports heat over long distances (up to 10 feet or more) from a heat source to a heat sink with a very small temperature difference. CCHPs have been a proven technology for spacecraft thermal control for more than 40 years and ACT is approaching 25 million hours in orbit for their CCHP product line.

Future spacecraft and instruments developed for space missions will involve highly integrated electronics, such as for CubeSat/SmallSat and high power laser diode arrays (LDAs). This high density electronics packaging leads to substantial improvement in performance per unit mass, volume and power. However, it also requires sophisticated thermal control technology to dissipate the high heat flux generated by these electronics systems.

“With the assistance and support of Jeff Framer, MSFC and Lockheed Martin, we have demonstrated a solution for that need”, concluded Dr. Ababneh.

To learn more visit ACT Spacecraft Thermal Control.

For even more, read our case study on how ACT uses a hybrid wick to increase the allowable evaporator heat flux in Constant Conductance Heat Pipes (CCHPs) by more than a factor of three.

 ABOUT ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops and thermal storage devices for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

ACT’s Facility measures more than 50,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With an ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality, cost effective, thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellite, and military programs as well as for numerous commercial applications. Simultaneously ACT’s broad and diverse R&D efforts are developing thermal solutions for tomorrow’s emerging technologies.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

MEDIA CONTACT

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625

ACT Recertified for ISO and AS9100 Quality Standards

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – January 18, 2018 – Advanced Cooling Technologies (ACT), Inc. a premier thermal management solutions company, announced today that it has successfully passed a rigorous surveillance audit for upgrade to ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D.  The Quality Management Systems (QMS) audit, performed by accredited registrar Intertek Testing Services, covers the design and manufacturing of ACT’s products and services for the aviation, space and defense industries along with all other terrestrial markets.  This upgrade ensures ACT is compliant to the most current industry QMS standards.

For the past several years, ACT has been expanding its physical footprint to 60,000 sq ft. to accommodate its growth serving varied markets, including aerospace, defense, electronics, and electronic enclosures.

Darrell Beck, ACT’s Quality manager, successfully led ACT through this and many other quality audits. “ACT invests in state of the art equipment and top-notch personnel to ensure the quality standards demanded by our customers.  Successfully passing the AS9100 and ISO9001 upgrade audit validates ACT’s commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.  To highlight ACT’s commitment to quality, the final report contained zero findings, which is an impressive result, especially for a multi-day audit.”

ABOUT ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures PCM heat sinks, cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, custom thermal, fluid, and mechanical systems, and pumped liquid and two-phase loops for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

ACT’s Facility measures more than 60,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality, cost effective, thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellite, and military programs as well as for numerous commercial applications. Simultaneously ACT’s broad and diverse R&D efforts are developing thermal solutions for tomorrow’s emerging technologies.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

MEDIA CONTACT

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625
www.1-ACT.com

ACT -TEC Thermoelectric Cooler Series Solid State Enclosure Air Conditioning

ACT-TEC Thermoelectric Enclosure Coolers

ACT-TEC Thermoelectric Enclosure Coolers

Lancaster, PA January 8, 2018 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today the launch of its thermoelectric air conditioners for industrial and commercial sealed enclosure cooling applications. This is ACT’s fourth addition to their growing line of industrial and commercial enclosure cooling products.

The ACT-TEC Thermoelectric Enclosure Coolers are compact solid state air conditioners designed to cool the internal enclosure space with highly reliable Peltier cooling.  The Peltier cooling cycle involves no moving parts, compressors, CFC refrigerants or circulating liquid, and is therefore inherently reliable, durable and low noise. The use of high reliability fans in combination with solid state Peltier devices in ACT-TEC products assures long life 24 hours per day seven days a week operation. The ACT-TEC product series are available in two power ranges of 90 Watts and 300 Watts of cooling.

ACT-TEC products can be used in wash-down, spray-down enclosure applications, or mounted directly to outdoor cabinets for flawless year-round operations. Standard stocked units are available in under a week.  Dual mode operation of cooling and heating and corrosion resistant NEMA 4X, 316 stainless steel versions are also available.

Sealed enclosure coolers are used to dissipate heat inside enclosures that house and protect electrical/electronic equipment from harmful environmental elements like salt spray, dust, and airborne chemicals. These enclosures or cabinets are typically rated to a National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) standard. For example, a NEMA 12 cabinet is for indoor use and protects against drips, dust and falling dirt, while a NEMA 4 cabinet is for outdoor use and must be water tight. Sealed enclosure coolers are required to efficiently transfer heat from the inside space to the outside environment while maintaining the NEMA rated seal.

“Sealed Thermoelectric enclosure coolers are a logical technology extension of the many products that ACT currently manufactures for satellite, defense, medical and HVAC markets”, said Mr. Mark Stevens, Sr. Business Development Manager at ACT, “and they add an active (sub ambient) cooling dimension to ACT’s existing, more passive cooling products such as ACT-Heat Sink and ACT-Heat Pipe Coolers”.

More information about ACT’s Thermoelectric enclosure cooling products, including technical data, selection tool and online ordering, can be found at: www/1-ACT/Enclosure-Cooling

About ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, heat exchangers, pumped liquid and two-phase loops, and thermal storage devices for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, LED, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

ACT’s facility measures more than 50,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality and cost effective thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellite and military programs as well as for numerous commercial applications.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com

MEDIA CONTACT

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625
www.1-ACT.com

ACT Advancing Nuclear Thermal Management and Materials Modeling Technologies

Figure 1. Dual Condenser Variable Conductance Heat Pipe (VCHP) provides backup cooling for a radio-isotope Stirling System

Figure 1. Dual Condenser Variable Conductance Heat Pipe (VCHP) provides backup cooling for a radio-isotope Stirling System

Lancaster, PA November 14, 2017 – Advanced Cooling Technologies (ACT), announced that it is continuing to develop technologies supporting the nuclear industry in the areas of thermal management and materials modeling. Through multiple R&D contracts over the last 7 years, ACT has developed numerous solutions for thermal management in high temperature environments relevant to nuclear fission power generation in space and terrestrial applications. These contracts were awarded from different government agencies including NASA and DOD (Air Force, Navy) through multiple SBIR/STTR/BAA programs.  “These projects enable us to develop technologies for the challenging needs of thermal management for nuclear power generation in both conventional reactors as well as advanced reactor concepts for space applications” says Dr. Calin Tarau, Lead Engineer at ACT who led several development efforts in this portfolio. “We have been actively engaged in several initiatives of NASA and DOE Laboratories to advance these technologies for nuclear applications”.

Notable examples of relevant projects include:

Figure 2. High Temperature Sodium heat pipes for a spacecraft fast fission reactor deliver heat from the core to eight Stirling Engines (Kilopower)

Figure 2. High Temperature Sodium heat pipes for a spacecraft fast fission reactor deliver heat from the core to eight Stirling Engines (Kilopower)

ACT has a rich history of developing several heat pipe based technologies, as well as advanced material modeling capabilities to address unique thermal management and predictive modeling needs. ACT personnel have contributed to development of:

  • Alkali-metal heat pipes for nuclear applications
  • Heat pipe power systems for spacecraft and planetary surface vehicles
  • Thermal management of both hot end and cold ends of the heat transfer system
  • Thermal control devices
  • Variable conductance thermal links
  • Material models for microstructural evolution under irradiation
  • Physics-based meshless modeling tools for corrosion crack propagation
  • Multiphysics modeling tools for materials under extreme conditions
  • System level models for thermal-hydraulics and design evaluation.

According to Dr. Srujan Rokkam, a Lead Engineer with background in nuclear materials science “These technologies and past experiences provides us with a unique bag of tricks to tackle the challenges and gaps necessary to be mitigated for design, evaluation and development of next generation (Gen IV) advanced nuclear reactor concepts”. “While ACT’s heat transfer devices can enable unique energy conversion concepts, the material modeling capabilities can be applied to gain predictive insights into the thermo-mechanical response of nuclear materials, as well materials chemistry at multiple interfaces and in radiation environments”.  Understanding both thermal hydraulics and material behavior in nuclear environment provides us with a unique capabilities for emerging reactor designs and their development.

ACT is looking forward to the opportunities to further advance and develop the aforementioned technologies for nuclear application, through collaboration with NASA, DOE national laboratories, universities and commercial industrial partners.

For more information about ACT’s R&D activities, visit:  https://www.1-act.com/innovations/

For more information about ACT’s modeling portfolio, visit: https://www.1-act.com/innovations/advanced-modeling/

 

Figure 3: Modeling nuclear material response under irradiation, microstructural changes and corrosion damage [Rokkam et al.]

Figure 3: Modeling nuclear material response under irradiation, microstructural changes and corrosion damage [Rokkam et al.]

ABOUT ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures cold plates, High Conductivity (HiK™) plates, heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops and thermal storage devices for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

The R&D team at ACT has engineers with backgrounds in mechanical, electrical, chemical, aerospace, nuclear, materials, manufacturing and physics. Their expertise assures we can serve wide variety of material, thermal and modeling challenges in diverse applications.

In addition to pioneering thermal management portfolio, ACT conducts cutting edge research in the areas of modeling materials behavior using a combination of multiphysics materials models and high performance computing. Over the last six years, ACT has developed several novel state of the art computational frameworks and custom tools to investigate thermomechanical behavior of materials, materials chemistry and multiphysics behavior of materials in thermal/fluid/electrical environments. These tools enable us to gain fundamental insights as well as predictively model material behavior due to: corrosion damage, crack propagation, multiphysics behavior, material chemistry, thermo-chemical and thermo-mechanical response under extreme conditions.

ACT’s Facility measures more than 50,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With an ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality, cost effective, thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellite, and military programs as well as for numerous commercial applications. Simultaneously ACT’s broad and diverse R&D efforts are developing thermal solutions for tomorrow’s emerging technologies.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625
www.1-ACT.com

 

 

ACT Launches Online Tool for Phase Change Material Selection

PCM Heat Sink Example

PCM Heat Sink Example

Lancaster, PA October 25, 2017 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today the launch of its new Phase Change Material PCM Calculator (found at https://www.1-act.com/resources/pcm-calculator/). This tool joins the ACT’s existing suite of online resources and tools that assist our customers in finding the best thermal solution for their many and varied thermal challenges.

According to Marketing Specialist Amanda Hershey, “Our customers have routinely told us how useful they find our heat pipe calculator and our other free on-line tools. With the emergence of many temporary thermal storage applications, including reduced weight Directed Energy Weapons and Small Sat thermal controls, as well as one-time use functions for airline black boxes and missiles, we’re confident our web visitors will find great value from the PCM Calculator.”

The tool provides PCM material options that best serve their temporary thermal storage needs, anywhere from -10°C to 85°C, and it’s very easy to use. To determine appropriate PCM materials, the user simply inputs a few simple Parameters: Initial Temperature of the heat source, Final Temperature (or PCM melt temperature), Amount of Power the PCM Heat Sinks needs to be able to absorb, Amount of Time the PCM Heat sink needs to absorb the power while still maintaining the final temperature, and finally some PCM Heat Sink Base Dimensions.

Screen capture of the PCM Calculator Input

PCM Calculator Input

The Calculator will offer solutions with three different PCMs, detailing the Volume, Mass, and Energy Stored in Latent Heat for each of the PCM materials. These results are also graphed, showing the expected transient performance for up to three different PCMs suitable for your application. These results are approximate since the calculator assumes a general fin thickness; ACT develops custom solutions with the optimal fin thickness for each application’s unique requirements.

Further, the data can be printed or saved as a PDF and submitted to the Thermal Experts at ACT to discuss your application in detail. ACT designs and fabricates PCM Heat Sinks, so we can help provide the hardware solution to your temporary thermal storage needs.

PCM Calculator Output

Additionally, ACT has compiled a thermal storage resource page that provides additional information on thermal storage, PCM heat sink design, current Research and Development, as well as several thermal storage webinars.

ABOUT ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures PCM heat sinks, cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, custom thermal, fluid, and mechanical systems, and pumped liquid and two-phase loops for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

ACT’s Facility measures more than 50,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality, cost effective, thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellite, and military programs as well as for numerous commercial applications. Simultaneously ACT’s broad and diverse R&D efforts are developing thermal solutions for tomorrow’s emerging technologies.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

MEDIA CONTACT

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625
www.1-ACT.com

 

ACT Donates “Thermal Zone” Exhibit to Lancaster Science Factory

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, August 22, 2017 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT), together with the Lancaster Science Factory (LSF), announces today the successful unveiling of “Thermal Zone,” a new heat transfer exhibit featuring three interactive stations to demonstrate each type of heat transfer: Convection, Conduction, and Radiation.

Designed for children 8-13 years old, the stations respectively feature a crank-controlled fan that blows air over aluminum to demonstrate convective cooling, an interactive feature of several materials and their differences in thermal conductivity, and a high-tech thermal camera that displays the radiated heat of visitors themselves!

Bob Herbert, Director of Operations at the Lancaster Science Factory, ensured that the development of the exhibit met their educational and structural standards.  Bob said of the exhibit, “One of the scientific principles we were looking to add to our exhibit hall was the concept of heat transfer.  The partnership with ACT was the perfect collaboration to make that happen.  We are excited for our visitors to experience heat transfer in an interactive way and are very grateful for the expertise and professionalism that ACT has provided.”

The partnership between ACT and LSF began in late 2015. ACT’s Committee for Corporate Social Responsibility connected with LSF to investigate potential collaborations. LSF features several engaging educational exhibits, but lacked an exhibit that featured the concepts of heat transfer. The team at ACT, known across many industries as “The Thermal Management Experts,” saw an opportunity to share their technical knowledge with the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Over the course of almost a year, “Thermal Zone” was designed, manufactured, and assembled by ACT employees in a largely volunteer effort, with both materials and employee labor time donated by the company.  Dr. Zuo, President of ACT, said of the project, “ACT is devoted to the support of not only the Lancaster community, but also the development of Lancaster’s STEM network. We are pleased to be a part of educating and inspiring children in partnership with the efforts of the Lancaster Science Factory.”

“Thermal Zone” is on display now at the Lancaster Science Factory, along with over 65 other exhibits relating to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

ABOUT ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops and thermal storage devices for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

ACT’s Facility measures more than 50,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality, cost effective, thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellite, and military programs as well as for numerous commercial applications. Simultaneously ACT’s broad and diverse R&D efforts are developing thermal solutions for tomorrow’s emerging technologies.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

MEDIA CONTACT

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625
www.1-ACT.com

ABOUT LANCASTER SCIENCE FACTORY

The Lancaster Science Factory is a non-profit science and technology center located at 454 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA. The mission of the Lancaster Science Factory is to create an environment of learning which helps children develop curiosity, think creatively and build self-confidence as they learn the principles of science and the application of science in engineering and technology. For general information and admission prices, please call 717.509.6363 or visit www.lancastersciencefactory.org

MEDIA CONTACT

Bob Herbert
Director of Operations
E-mail: BHerbert@tlsf.org
Phone: +1 (717) 509-6363 x102
www.lancastersciencefactory.org

ACT Achieves Space Flight Heritage for Copper Water Heat Pipes and HiK™ Plates

Lancaster, PA June 26, 2017 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today that it has achieved space flight heritage for its copper/water heat pipes and High Conductivity (HiK™) plates  following the successful thermal testing on board the International Space Station (ISS).

Both copper/water heat pipes and HiK™ plates are very commonly used for thermal management of electronics equipment on earth, but have not been used in spacecraft thermal control applications due to the satellite industry’s requirement that any device or system be successfully tested in a microgravity environment prior to adoption.  In the ISS test, the heat pipes were embedded in a HiK™ aluminum base plate, and subject to a variety of thermal tests over a temperature range of -10 to 38 ºC for a ten-day period.  Results showed excellent agreement with both predictions and ground testing results.  The HiK™ plate underwent 15 freeze-thaw cycles between -30 and 70 ºC during ground testing, and an additional 14 freeze-thaw cycles during the ISS test. As a reference, other HiK™ plates have been tested for thousands of freeze-thaw cycles without problems.

“This is a significant milestone and expands the thermal solutions we can offer to our satellite and spacecraft customers,” according to Dr. William Anderson, ACT’s Chief Engineer. “We already have over 18 million hours of flight heritage for our aluminum/ammonia constant conductance heat pipes (CCHPs). Now we can offer full system thermal solutions; spot cooling of electronic devices with our copper/water heat pipes, effective heat spreading of electronic boards and enclosures with our HiK™ plates, and efficient heat transport outside the electronics control box to dissipate the heat with our CCHPs. No other company can offer all of that.”

The ISS is the only long-duration platform in the space environment that can be used to validate these advanced technologies. ACT has been working with NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and NASA Johnson Space Center under the Advanced Passive Thermal experiment (APTx) project to achieve this result.

Dr. Mohammed Ababneh, ACT’s Principal Investigator on the project, said, “This flight test onboard ISS is an important step toward qualifying copper/water heat pipes as a passive thermal management solution in support of future human and robotic space exploration missions by NASA.”

ACT’s HiK™ plate was fabricated under a NASA Phase II SBIR contract at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) with Dr. Jeff Farmer as the technical monitor.  The HiK™ plate formed part of a suite of devices flown inside the Advanced Passive Thermal experiment (APTx), a project funded by the ISS Technology Demonstration Office at the NASA Johnson Space Center. Its aim is to start addressing current technical gaps in thermal management systems for future human and robotic exploration missions.  Mr. Angel Alvarez-Hernandez and Dr. Jeff Farmer are the APTx principal investigators, which is a collaboration between JSC, MSFC, the University of Texas, and Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.

ABOUT ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops and thermal storage devices for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

ACT’s Facility measures more than 50,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality, cost effective, thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellite, and military programs as well as for numerous commercial applications. Simultaneously ACT’s broad and diverse R&D efforts are developing thermal solutions for tomorrow’s emerging technologies.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

MEDIA CONTACT

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625
www.1-ACT.com

ACT Expands to New Market with First Grant from USDA

Poultry Growhouse

Poultry Growhouse (Used with permission: University of Georgia Poultry Environmental Management and Energy Conservation)

Lancaster, PA  May 15, 2017 –  Advanced Cooling Technologies (ACT) announces its recent win of a Phase I grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop thermal management technology specifically to improve animal welfare in poultry grow houses. The low cost, dust resistant poultry house heat exchanger represents the first ever funding for ACT by the USDA.

Adequate ventilation has been recognized as one of the most influential factors in maintaining a safe and comfortable environment for these chickens.  However,  poultry heat exchangers can quickly become blocked with feathers and dust.

The awarded project will develop an ultra-low cost “inflatable” heat exchanger design, which can be replaced when it clogs at little expense.  This solution is a progressive improvement over the commonly used rigid fin and tube heat exchanger coils.

R&D Engineer Brian Schwartz led the project and commented, “I received such enthusiastic support from our local agricultural experts. Turning this project into products we can sell to benefit local farmers and their animals is really inspiring.”

ACT’s innovative Research and Development group continues to seek out novel and diverse opportunities in new markets beyond common thermal management applications.  For more information on ACT’s R&D group and their innovations, please visit www.1-ACT.com/innovations/

About ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops and thermal storage devices for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

The R&D team at ACT has engineers with backgrounds in mechanical, electrical, chemical, aerospace, nuclear, materials, manufacturing and physics. Their expertise assures we can serve wide variety of material, thermal and modeling challenges in diverse applications.

ACT’s Facility measures more than 50,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality, cost effective, thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellite, and military programs as well as for numerous commercial applications. Simultaneously ACT’s broad and diverse R&D efforts are developing thermal solutions for tomorrow’s emerging technologies.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

Media Contact

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625
www.1-ACT.com

Advanced Cooling Technologies’ Sealed Enclosure Coolers Achieve UL Certification

ACT-HSC Sealed Enclosure Cooler

ACT-HSC Sealed Enclosure Cooler

Lancaster, PA May 3, 2017 – Advanced Cooling Technologies (ACT) announced today that UL Recognition and UL Listing testing have been successfully completed for its Heat Sink Cooler (HSC) and Heat Pipe Cooler (HPC) Series products. ACT’s sealed enclosure coolers are used to dissipate heat generated inside enclosures or cabinets that house and protect electrical/electronic equipment from harmful environments.

The 115VAC units received a UL listing mark. All other voltage versions (230VAC, 12VDC, 24VDC, and 48VDC) are UR Rated/UL Recognized. These approvals are required by OEM’s and Systems Integrators, which are required to follow the UL 508 Standard for Industrial Control Panels.

In addition to achieving UL Certification, the products successfully passed NEMA rating tests. ACT’s sealed enclosure coolers meet UL 50E waterproof testing that qualifies the products to be used in NEMA 12, 3R, 4, and 4X designated applications.

ACT’s Sealed Enclosure Coolers for NEMA 12 cabinets are typically used indoors and provide protection against drips, dust and falling dirt. NEMA 3R coolers are typically used in outdoor applications that will be exposed to rain. And, NEMA 4 and 4X coolers are typically used indoors or outdoors and must be water tight under intense wash down/ spray down usage. The NEMA 4X version, while similar to NEMA 4, is further ruggedized with 316 stainless steel covers and epoxy coated fins for enhanced corrosion protection. Sealed enclosure coolers are required to efficiently transfer heat from the inside cabinet space to the outside environment while maintaining the mounting seal.

ACT-HSC Heat Pipe Cooler

ACT-HSC Heat Pipe Cooler

ACT’s HSC series of coolers are based on a patent pending design that utilizes thermally efficient air impingement technology and heat sink components, which have been perfected and are being mass produced and used by the computer industry. As a result, the HSC series offer some of the best performance/cost ratios among all sealed enclosure coolers.

ACT’s HPC series of enclosure coolers is based on the popular heat pipe heat exchanger technology and it incorporates advanced fin features for enhanced heat transfer performance. As a result, the HPC series offer some of the best performance/volume and performance/cost ratios among similar products.

More information about ACT’s sealed enclosure cooler products, including datasheets, user manuals, an online selection tool and online purchasing, can be found at: www.1-ACT.com/Enclosure-Cooling.

About ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops and thermal storage devices for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, LED, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

ACT’s facility measures more than 50,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality and cost effective thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellite and military programs as well as for numerous commercial applications.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

Media Contact

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 295-6121

ACT Launches New Website with Improved Form and Functionality

Lancaster, PA  March 16, 2017 –  Advanced Cooling Technologies (ACT) invites visitors to explore their new website launched this week, located at the same web address of www.1-act.com.  The new design provides user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality, allowing visitors to access the vast library of technical information and thermal management resources.

The site was designed to be responsive to the device of the visitor, whether mobile, tablet or desktop.  This creates a more optimized view of information on each webpage, no matter the device being used.

To better align with ACT’s core value of Innovation, the previously categorized “R&D” and “Technologies” sections of the site have been merged into a new menu item called “Innovations.”  Frequent users may find other content to be better organized in an easy-to-find fashion.  As before, an on-site search bar provides users relevant results to specific keyword searches.

As always, ACT’s popular thermal management resources will remain available without registration, including the online Heat Pipe Calculator, HVAC Selection Tools, and Enclosure Cooling Selection Tools.

ACT has also added new Case Studies to include more relevant and editorial stories of how our partners have benefited from ACT’s thermal management expertise.

Marketing Specialist Amanda Hershey, who led the project, said of the upgrade, “We believe the new website will further enhance our user’s experience.  ACT has an expansive site full of rich technical information and useful interactive tools.  The key challenge was to provide the improved functionality while maintaining our high quality technical content.  We’re very excited about this upgrade.”

Visitors are encouraged to browse the new website at www.1-act.com.

ABOUT ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops and thermal storage devices for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

The R&D team at ACT has engineers with backgrounds in mechanical, electrical, chemical, aerospace, nuclear, materials, manufacturing and physics. Their expertise assures we can serve wide variety of material, thermal and modeling challenges in diverse applications.

ACT’s Facility measures more than 50,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality, cost effective, thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellite, and military programs as well as for numerous commercial applications. Simultaneously ACT’s broad and diverse R&D efforts are developing thermal solutions for tomorrow’s emerging technologies.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

MEDIA CONTACT

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625
www.1-ACT.com

ACT to Showcase 10 kW Level Power Electronics Coolers at APEC 2017

Loop Thermosyphon

Lancaster, PA – February 26, 2017 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT), announced today it will be highlighting a new High Performance Power Electronics Cooler at this year’s Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) being held at Tampa, FL, March 27-30.  Tests have shown the new High Performance Power Electronics Coolers are capable of passively transferring more than 11kW’s of waste heat with no power, no noise, and no moving parts.  The coolers utilize thermosyphon technology which can move large amounts of waste heat very efficiently.

According to Devin Pellicone, Lead Engineer for this new product development effort, “The prevailing thermal packaging strategy in medium voltage drives has been to transfer waste heat from a cold plate, densely populated with power electronics modules, to a remotely located air-cooled radiator for dissipation. Existing solutions achieve this by utilizing a number of heat pipes embedded in the cold plate, which has limitations on the amount of energy that can be efficiently absorbed. Our new products allow us to passively remove two to three times more waste heat than previous generations of thermal technologies, while maintaining the same package size.”

Dr. Rich Bonner, Manager of ACT’s Custom Products Group, added “Our power electronics customers have an insatiable desire for thermal technologies capable of removing waste heat at higher power densities.  Our current customers are now pushing us hard to launch the next generation of thermal solutions that will push to even higher performance levels.  The market demand for our increasing capabilities has been strong.”

At exhibit booth 723, ACT will also be highlighting its other Thermal Management Solutions including passive heat pipes, PCM Heat Sinks and Pumped Two Phase Cooling.

For more information, please visit our website www.1-ACT.com

ABOUT ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops and thermal storage devices for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

The R&D team at ACT has engineers with backgrounds in mechanical, electrical, chemical, aerospace, nuclear, materials, manufacturing and physics. Their expertise assures we can serve wide variety of material, thermal and modeling challenges in diverse applications.

ACT’s Facility measures more than 50,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality, cost effective, thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellite, and military programs as well as for numerous commercial applications. Simultaneously ACT’s broad and diverse R&D efforts are developing thermal solutions for tomorrow’s emerging technologies.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

MEDIA CONTACT

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625
www.1-ACT.com

ACT Passes Surveillance Audit for AS9100 Quality Standards

Lancaster, PA – December 21, 2016  – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today that it has successfully passed its AS9100 surveillance audit. AS9100 is a strict set of standards for quality assurance and risk management adopted by the aerospace industry.

The Quality Management Systems (QMS) audit, performed by the external organization Intertek Testing Services, reviewed ACT’s effectiveness in meeting quality and safety requirements in the design and manufacturing of products for the aerospace industry.

“Passing the stringent surveillance audit again validates ACT’s effective QMS for providing mission critical products and services for the aerospace industry” stated John Hartenstine, ACT’s Vice President of Operations and Quality Assurance. “ACT is committed to providing our customers with the highest standard of professional practice and the highest quality of products and services.  Quality and continuous improvement are our basic operating principles.”

ABOUT ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops and thermal storage devices for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

The R&D team at ACT has engineers with backgrounds in mechanical, electrical, chemical, aerospace, nuclear, materials, manufacturing and physics. Their expertise assures we can serve wide variety of material, thermal and modeling challenges in diverse applications.

ACT’s Facility measures more than 50,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality, cost effective, thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellite, and military programs as well as for numerous commercial applications. Simultaneously ACT’s broad and diverse R&D efforts are developing thermal solutions for tomorrow’s emerging technologies.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

MEDIA CONTACT

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625
www.1-ACT.com

Next Generation NOAA / NASA Weather Satellite Launched, ACT Named As Critical Supplier

November 2016 Launch of GOES-R

Lancaster, PA December 8, 2016 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.  (ACT) announces its contribution to the recent launch of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R).  GOES-R is the next generation of geostationary weather satellites incorporating Harris Corporation’s new Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI).   The ABI provides three times more data and color, four times better resolution, and five times faster speed than previous technologies.  ACT’s aluminum / ammonia constant conductance heat pipes (CCHPs) are a key component to the thermal management system of the ABI.

The partnership between ACT and Harris dates back to 2006, when ACT first began manufacturing CCHPs.  Each ABI utilizes fourteen (14) unique heat pipe geometries to isothermalize mounting structures and transport excess heat from the ABI electronics to the thermal dissipation radiators.  ACT’s CCHP manufacturing program benefitted greatly from the collaboration and experiences of the team at Harris and the NASA oversight.  Since this program, ACT has continued to produce space qualified CCHPs for over thirty (30) satellites for many satellite manufacturers, and has accumulated over 15 million CCHP operating hours on orbit.

The CCHPs for the Advanced Baseline Imager utilized six unique, single or dual bore aluminum extrusions. Many of the pipes were precisely bent to complex 3-D configurations to fit into the tightly packaged ABI system.  Some of the pipes were combined into multi-pipe assemblies, utilizing low thermal resistance, soldered on, precisely machined mounting saddles.   The CCHPs were designed and built to assure constant, high performance across the satellite’s thirty year projected mission duration. By the end of the project, ACT delivered CCHPs for four satellites: GOES-R, S, T and U.

“It was great working with the team at Harris”, says Pete Dussinger, ACT’s Vice President of Strategic Product Development and the ABI CCHP project lead, “Our heat pipe expertise, along with Harris’ space systems experience, enabled us to manufacture and deliver high performance and high quality CCHPs for this national asset class satellite program.”

GOES satellites are continuously monitoring the western hemisphere and are a key asset in weather forecasting.  This next generation GOES (R, S, T, and U), carrying the advanced baseline imager, will be able to transfer more data (3X), at a higher resolution (4X), and deliver it faster (5X).  This will allow for a significant increase in forecasting accuracy and storm preparedness, nearly real-time compared to the previous thirty minute refresh cycle.

In 2011, ACT was presented the Harris Outstanding Supplier Award for its critical role in the ABI program. “We appreciate Harris’ confidence in our technology and manufacturing capabilities”, says Jon Zuo, President of ACT, “ACT’s employees are proud of the part we had to play in developing such an important national asset.”

To learn more about ACT, and its flight history of CCHPs, visit www.1-ACT.com

ABOUT ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops and thermal storage devices for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

The R&D team at ACT has engineers with backgrounds in mechanical, electrical, chemical, aerospace, nuclear, materials, manufacturing and physics. Their expertise assures we can serve wide variety of material, thermal and modeling challenges in diverse applications.

ACT’s Facility measures more than 50,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality, cost effective, thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellite, and military programs as well as for numerous commercial applications. Simultaneously ACT’s broad and diverse R&D efforts are developing thermal solutions for tomorrow’s emerging technologies.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

MEDIA CONTACT

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625
www.1-ACT.com

ACT Develops Loop Thermosyphon for Solar ThermoElectricity

Lancaster, PA October 24, 2016 – Advanced Cooling Technologies (ACT) announces the successful design, manufacturing, and testing of a loop thermosyphon based thermal valve in conjunction with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  The loop thermosyphon developed by ACT uses liquid sodium as the working fluid, and is capable of transferring over 3 kW of energy from source to sink when operated at 600°C.  It was developed to test and show the feasibility of modular, dispatchable, and scalable energy sources.

The Solar ThermoElectricity via Advanced Latent Heat Storage (STEALS) program integrates several state-of-the-art technologies to provide electricity on demand. In the envisioned STEALS system, concentrated sunlight is converted to heat at a solar absorber. The heat is then delivered to either a thermoelectric (TE) module for direct electricity generation, or to charge a phase change material for thermal energy storage. The key to making STEALS a dispatchable technology lies in the development of a “thermal valve,” which controls when heat is allowed to flow through the TE module, thus controlling when electricity is generated.

ACT’s contributions to this project started with a design study, iterated on various design items including transport length, evaporator and condenser designs, and valve design.  The project evolved into building a prototype unit for successful testing.  NREL is moving forward with Phase 2 of this program which involves additional testing and may move to Phase 3, where ACT may build a larger version.

“Sodium loop thermosyphons with integral valves offer the high performance, high reliability and control features that are required to meet next generation thermal and electrical storage requirements,” explains Rebecca Weigand, R&D Engineer at ACT.

ACT is looking forward to the opportunity to build a higher capacity iteration of the loop thermosyphon to better fit within scaled up final configurations of the ultimate system. ACT has developed and built loop thermosyphons for use in various power electronics, medical, and aerospace applications in the past.

ABOUT ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops and thermal storage devices for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

The R&D team at ACT has engineers with backgrounds in mechanical, electrical, chemical, aerospace, nuclear, materials, manufacturing and physics. Their expertise assures we can serve wide variety of material, thermal and modeling challenges in diverse applications.

ACT’s Facility measures more than 50,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality, cost effective, thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellite, and military programs as well as for numerous commercial applications. Simultaneously ACT’s broad and diverse R&D efforts are developing thermal solutions for tomorrow’s emerging technologies.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

MEDIA CONTACT

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625
www.1-ACT.com

ACT Awarded over $3M in R&D Contracts

Analysis of a Heat Pipe Chamber

Analysis of a Heat Pipe Chamber

Lancaster, PA October 10, 2016 – Advanced Cooling Technologies (ACT), announced today that it is continuing its rapid technology diversification through multiple R&D contract wins.  In 2015 and early 2016 ACT was awarded over 15 new contracts, totaling more than 3 million dollars, through government-funded Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) and Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) programs.  These contracts were awarded from several different government agencies, including DOE, DOD (Air Force, Army, Navy), and NASA.  These contracts will enable development of innovative thermal management technologies and perform R&D in new areas that include corrosion-resistant coatings, energy conservation, and unique test rigs.

According to Dr. William Anderson, Chief Engineer at ACT, “In addition to our research on thermal technologies, these awards demonstrate ACT’s continued diversification into R&D areas such as combustion, power plant dry cooling, and advanced modeling.”

Notable examples of recent awards include:

  • Development of Novel Peridynamics Framework for Corrosion Fatigue Damage Prediction (Navy)
  • Enhanced Dropwise Condensation for Improved Dry Cooling Efficiency (DOE)
  • Vapor Chamber with Phase Change Material-Based Wick Structure for Thermal Control of Manned Spacecraft (NASA)
  • Titanium-Water Heat Pipe Radiator for Spacecraft Fission Power (NASA)
  • Hybrid Heat Pipes for High Heat Flux Applications (NASA)
  • A Non-Catalytic JP-8 Reformer (DOE)
  • An Innovative VOCs Incinerator (DOE)
  • Hot Surface Ignition Test Apparatus (Air Force)
  • Environmental Control Unit with Integrated Thermal Storage (Air Force)
  • Innovative High Temperature Heat Pipes for Space Nuclear Fission (NASA)
  • Active Thermal Control System Optimization (Navy)
  • PCM-Based Ocean Thermal Energy Harvesting System (Navy)
  • Design & Development of Low CTE, High Heat Flux Vapor Chambers for Power Module Cooling (Army)
  • Multi-physics tool for predicting fatigue crack propagation using Phase field models (Navy)
  • Physics-based Toolkit for Progressive Damage Prediction in Composites (Navy)

This year, ACT has continued to expand its R&D into new areas such as:

  • Physics based modeling of fatigue crack propagation in composites and corrosion phenomena in metals
  • Hypersonics
  • Advanced thermal storage for dry power plant cooling and air conditioning
  • Combustion research for air pollution control, and test rig design for turbine combustion research
  • Development of a copper/water heat pipe test rig for testing on the International Space Station

Many of ACT’s R&D programs are in collaboration with industrial and academic partners.  Ahe academic partners in the past year include: Columbia University, Drexel University, Florida State University, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania State University, Texas A&M, University of California, Merced, University of Maryland, and the University of Southern California.

High Temperature Test Rig uses an Alkali Metal Vapor Chamber to Map Out the Flammability Limit During a Fuel Spill

High Temperature Test Rig uses an Alkali Metal Vapor Chamber to Map Out the Flammability Limit During a Fuel Spill

 

For more information about these emerging technologies, visit our website https://www.1-act.com/rd/

ABOUT ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops and thermal storage devices for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

The R&D team at ACT has engineers with backgrounds in mechanical, electrical, chemical, aerospace, nuclear, materials, manufacturing and physics. Their expertise assures we can serve wide variety of material, thermal and modeling challenges in diverse applications.

ACT’s Facility measures more than 50,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality, cost effective, thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellite, and military programs as well as for numerous commercial applications. Simultaneously ACT’s broad and diverse R&D efforts are developing thermal solutions for tomorrow’s emerging technologies.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

MEDIA CONTACT

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625
www.1-ACT.com

ACT Increases Phase Change Material (PCM) Design and Manufacturing Capabilities

Phase Change MaterialLancaster, PA September 14, 2016 – Advanced Cooling Technologies (ACT), announced today it has increased its design and manufacturing capabilities to meet increasing demand for its Phase Change Materials (PCM) heat sink products.  These temporary thermal storage solutions are becoming a critical element in military applications involving short mission durations, pulse mode operation, and directed energy.  In these heatsinks, the PCM absorbs heat during device “on” times, without increasing temperature, by undergoing a solid to liquid phase change.  The heat is dissipated during device “off” times through the reverse liquid to solid phase transition.  This method allows for simple, lightweight thermal solutions. In many cases, complex liquid or air cooled systems can be replaced or coupled with a thermal storage component to reduce size, weight and power (SWaP).

The demand for these ruggedized, high performing PCM heat sinks has led to new innovations to improve the quality and accuracy in the heat sink design and manufacturing.  ACT’s Defense and Aerospace Engineering Manager, Jens Weyant, stated, “We have developed prediction tools to quickly identify the optimal fin pitch, thickness, and PCM material.  This allows us to focus on the critical and proprietary features on the design such as minimizing stress during the solid to liquid phase transition, minimizing device weight and maximizing thermal storage capability.  We have also expanded our selection of sealing approaches and PCM charging stations.  We’re positioned to support our customer’s needs from design to prototype to volume production.”

Specifically ACT has developed the following tools to enable faster and more accurate response to customer needs.  These include:

  • Internal Geometry Optimization Tools
  • Cross Channel Communication, Pressure Management
  • Repeatable and precise processing and sealing
  • Transient Modeling and Testing Validation
  • Multiple Enclosure Manufacturing Options: 3D Printing, Laser Welding, TIG Welding, Brazing

“With these improvements our customers can be confident we are supplying the most cost effective and highest quality PCM Heat Sinks available,” Weyant concluded.

ABOUT ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops and thermal storage devices for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

The R&D team at ACT has engineers with backgrounds in mechanical, electrical, chemical, aerospace, nuclear, materials, manufacturing and physics. Their expertise assures we can serve wide variety of material, thermal and modeling challenges in diverse applications.

ACT’s Facility measures more than 50,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality, cost effective, thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellite, and military programs as well as for numerous commercial applications. Simultaneously ACT’s broad and diverse R&D efforts are developing thermal solutions for tomorrow’s emerging technologies.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

MEDIA CONTACT

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625
www.1-ACT.com

ACT Delivers Thermal Solutions for Smart Wires’ Dynamic Grid Products

Utility pole

Lancaster, PA August 5, 2016 – Advanced Cooling Technologies (ACT), announced today that after two years of strong collaborations, they are routinely delivering thermal-management hardware to Smart Wires.  Smart Wires Inc., an innovative technology  company located in the San Francisco Bay Area,  developed a revolutionary product,  the Power RouterTM, which adjusts the flow of power across grid lines by controlling impedance levels.  This control enables power companies to push or pull power as required, offering customers a more reliable source of electricity.  The product utilizes power-electronics devices which need well-engineered thermal-management solutions for enhancing reliability.  That’s where ACT came in.

According to Haroon Inam, Chief Technology Officer at Smart Wires, “We knew in the early development stages that we would need to address thermal issues and it would require a partner with industry-leading thermal-management engineering expertise. Within days of our request, ACT sent out an engineering team to help us pinpoint any thermal issues. They then designed and delivered effective solutions and have become a key part of our team.  ACT has been a highly reliable and responsive partner.”

According to Devin Pellicone, Lead Engineer for ACT, “working with the Smart Wires team has been an exciting challenge for us.  They set, and met, ambitious deadlines and goals that required us to rapidly develop innovative thermal solutions.  It’s been very rewarding to help them position themselves for great commercial success.  We believe this work has established a strong collaboration that we expect will only get stronger.”

Advanced Cooling Technologies is a leader in providing thermal management solutions for challenging applications.  Its broad portfolio of thermal technologies includes pumped two phase, pumped single phase (liquid) cooling, thermal storage and heat pipe based passive solutions.  For more information, please visit www.1-ACT.com

About ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops and thermal storage devices for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Recovery Systems.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

The R&D team at ACT has engineers with backgrounds in mechanical, electrical, chemical, aerospace, nuclear, materials, manufacturing and physics. Their expertise assures we can serve wide variety of material, thermal and modeling challenges in diverse applications.

ACT’s Facility measures more than 50,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality, cost effective, thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellite, and military programs as well as for numerous commercial applications. Simultaneously ACT’s broad and diverse R&D efforts are developing thermal solutions for tomorrow’s emerging technologies.

For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

MEDIA CONTACT

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625
www.1-ACT.com

ACT Enclosure Coolers Successfully Certified to UL50E for NEMA 4, 3, 3R, and 12 Installations

Enclosure CoolersLancaster, Pennsylvania – July 12, 2016.  Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announces the successful certification of the HPC and HSC sealed enclosure cooling product lines to the NEMA (UL50E) standard. This standard tests enclosures with electrical equipment and their environmental considerations.  The testing took place at the Underwriter Laboratories (UL) test facility in Melville, New York.

During the test, a sample electrical equipment enclosure with an ACT enclosure cooler installed was subjected to a stream of water from a hose having a 1.0 inch inside diameter nozzle delivering 65 gallons per minute flow rate.  The stream was directed at all joints of the enclosure cooler from a distance of 10.0 feet and was moved along each seam at a nominal rate of ¼ of an inch per second.  At the conclusion of the test the internal surfaces of the cabinet were examined for any water entry.  Both ACT products passed the testing by allowing no water to enter the enclosure during the test.

A successful passing of the UL50E test certifies that the HSC and HPC product lines will maintain the existing integrity when installed on a NEMA 4, 3, 3R, and 12 type cabinets.

Enclsoure Coolers 2Sealed enclosure coolers are used to dissipate heat from inside enclosures that house and protect electrical/electronic equipment from harmful external, typically wet, environments.  These cabinets are typically sealed to a National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) standard.  For example, a NEMA 12 cabinet is for indoor use and protects against drops, dust and falling dirt, while a NEMA 4 cabinet is for outdoor use and must be water tight.  Sealed enclosure coolers are required to efficiently transfer heat from the inside space to the outside environment while maintaining a tight water tight seal.  A NEMA 3R rating is for outdoor applications that protect against falling rain.

ACT Enclosure Cooling Systems can be ordered directly online.  ACT provides an easy-to-use online Enclosure Cooling Selection Tool.  The tool will offer several variants based on size and mounting preferences. Once satisfied with the selection simply click on the order item link that takes you to the ACT Online Store Front.

ACT Enclosure Coolers typically ship from stock to under one week.  For full information about the ACT-HPC & HSC series please visit www.1-ACT.com/Enclosure-Cooling.

About ACT:

Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT), is a premier thermal management solutions company. Under our ISO9001 and AS9100 certifications, we design and manufacture products for diverse applications including HVAC systems, satellite thermal control, commercial/military electronics cooling, and temperature calibration. In addition, our responsive, customer-focused team provides innovative engineering and advanced research and development. ACT’s full product range and capabilities can found at www.1-ACT.com.

MEDIA CONTACT

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625
www.1-ACT.com

ACT Enters Sealed Enclosure Cooling Market

ACT-HSC Sealed Enclosure Coolers

ACT-HSC Sealed Enclosure Coolers

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – April 4, 2016. Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today the launch of its HSC, HPC and LNC series of sealed enclosure cooler products. This launch is the first step of ACT’s entrance into the sealed enclosure cooling market.

Sealed enclosure coolers are used to dissipate heat inside enclosures or cabinets that house and protect electrical/electronic equipment from harmful environments. These cabinets are typically sealed to a National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) standard. For example, a NEMA 12 cabinet is for indoor use and protects against drips, dust and falling dirt, while a NEMA 4 cabinet is for outdoor use and must be water tight. Sealed enclosure coolers are required to efficiently transfer heat from the inside space to the outside environment while maintaining the seal.

ACT’s HSC series of coolers are based on a patent pending design that utilizes the air impingement technology that is thermally efficient and the heat sink components which have been perfected and are being mass produced and used by the computer industry. As a result, the HSC series offer some of the best performance/cost ratios among all sealed enclosure coolers.

ACT’s HPC series of coolers are based on the popular heat pipe heat exchanger technology and incorporate advanced fin features for enhanced heat transfer performance. As a result, the HPC series offer some of the best performance/volume and performance/cost ratios among similar products.

ACT-HSC Heat Pipe Cooler Series

ACT-HPC Heat Pipe Cooler Series

ACT’s LNC series of coolers are based on a patent pending design that utilizes a HSC-style air impingement heat sink to collect heat from the hot inside air and a larger extruded heat sink to dissipate the heat to the outside ambient via natural convection. Heat pipes are used to spread the heat from the
smaller internal heat sink to the larger external heat sink. By reducing or eliminating the fans on the external side, the LNC series offer the lowest (or zero) noise performance.

“Sealed enclosure coolers are logical extensions of many products that we currently manufacture for satellite, defense, medical and HVAC applications,” said Mr. Peter Dussinger, Vice President of Strategic Products at ACT. “We’re very excited about bringing innovation to the sealed enclosure cooling market, starting with today’s launch of these three products,” continued Mr. Dussinger, “Stay tuned for our next product launches in the near future.”

More information about ACT’s sealed enclosure cooler products, including datasheets, user manuals, an online selection tool and an online purchasing system, can be found at: www.1-ACT.com/Enclosure-Cooling.

About ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures cold plates, HiK™ plates, heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops and thermal storage devices for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, LED, and Energy Recovery Systems.
ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in the pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors on numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

ACT’s facility measures more than 50,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. With ISO9001 and AS9100 certified quality system in place, the facility has designed and manufactured high quality and cost effective thermal management solutions for dozens of mission critical satellite and military programs as well as for numerous commercial applications.
For more information about ACT, please visit www.1-ACT.com.

MEDIA CONTACT

Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
E-mail: Amanda.Hershey@1-ACT.com
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625
www.1-ACT.com

ACT Heat Pipes Reach 10 Million Hours On-Orbit Milestone

An example of one of ACT’s CCHPs currently in Orbit

An example of one of ACT’s CCHPs currently in Orbit

An example of one of ACT’s CCHPs currently in Orbit

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – March 1, 2016. Advanced Cooling Technologies (ACT) announced today that its Constant Conductance Heat Pipes (CCHP’s) have successfully surpassed 10 million total hours in-orbit, providing reliable thermal management on-board satellites and ISS cargo resupply vehicles. The CCHP’s provide passive thermal control for critical systems including avionics, batteries, high sensitivity optics, sophisticated scientific instruments, and communication equipment. Over 500 of ACT’s CCHPs are currently installed and operating on-board dozens of spacecraft for missions including communications, meteorology, and national security.

“Our rapid growth in the aerospace market is a testimony to ACT’s commitment to quality, affordability, and on time delivery to our customers,” says Mike DeChristopher, Lead Engineer of Defense Aerospace Products Group.  “As new and returning customers continue to trust ACT with their critical thermal management needs, we are excited and proud to participate in the supply chain for such an elite and growing market.”

ACT’s Defense Aerospace Products Group consists of personnel having diverse engineering and technical skills, making the group capable of solving some of the most demanding thermal management problems in military, spacecraft and aircraft. The group’s customer-focused approach is driving rapid growth and allowing ACT to quickly become a trusted supplier of flight-quality products, advanced research and development, and thermal management consulting services for the aerospace industry.  The group’s satellite thermal control products include:

  • CCHP, VCHP, LHP
    • Build-to-print, or custom designs
    • Embedded and External Mount
    • In-House and Custom Extrusions
    • 2D and 3D Configurations
    • Integration with Radiators
    • Aerospace Qualified Soldered Assemblies
  • Titanium Struts
  • Accumulators

The group also provides complete thermal and mechanical design and analysis services for spacecraft Thermal Control Systems.

ACT Provides Thermal Management Design for New LED Theater Lighting Product

ETC’s Source 4WRD LED Module which utilizes ACT thermal management design

ETC’s Source 4WRD LED Module which utilizes ACT thermal management design

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – February 2, 2016. Advanced Cooling Technologies (ACT) announced today that it provided thermal management design for Electronic Theater Controls’ (ETC) recently launched Source 4WRD LED Theater Lighting Retrofit Module.  The Source 4WRD uses LED Technology to match the performance of the 575W HPL Lamp, with 70% less power and no re-lamping.  However LEDs generate a lot of waste heat and the higher source temperatures can cause unwanted color shifts and reduced life.  That’s where the Thermal Management Experts at ACT came in.  Working with Dave Cunningham of Entertec, ACT helped develop a completely passive thermal management solution to move the heat away from the LEDs.

According to Dr. Richard Bonner, Mgr of ACT’s Commercial Products Group, “This was a challenging thermal management design.  We were required to come up with a heat pipe based solution that could continuously and rapidly transfer over 100W away from the LEDs in any lamp orientation. Through a lot of hard work and good collaboration with Cunningham and ETC, we were able to accomplish that goal.”

Dave Lincecum, VP of Marketing for ETC stated, “Working with the ACT Thermal Engineers, we were able to develop a reliable thermal management solution that allows our theater lighting customers to take advantage of the many benefits of LED technology.”

ACT has provided thermal management solutions for over a decade to many other commercial and military applications.  For more information please visit us at LED Thermal Management.

ACT to Demo New Energy Recovery Technologies at AHR 2016

 

AHRLancaster, Pennsylvania – January 7, 2016.  Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT), is pleased to announce its participation in the 2016 AHR exhibition to be held January 25 – January 27, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

AHR Expo 2016 presents the drive for greater energy efficiency, greener products and sustainable technologies has accelerated the pace at which new products and innovations are coming to market. In this challenging economy. The expo will feature over 1,800 manufacturers and suppliers of the latest HVACR systems, equipment, products and services.

ACT will be exhibiting at booth #4287.  New live demos of Wrap-Around and Air-To-Air Energy Recovery products will be taking place in the booth.  ACT will also be featuring and introducing the new “ACTIVE” Control Valve, ACT-ACV.  Optimizing heat pipe performance during part load conditions is required in some WAHX installations. The ACT-ACV now makes it affordable and competitive to consider heat pipe control in a variety of applications. This valve compliments 2015’s introduction of ACT’s Thermal Passive Valve.

ACT Participates in Prestigious DOE Program on Extreme-Scale Computing

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – December 30, 2015. Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) is pleased to announce its participation in a leading edge U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funded training program aimed at nurturing the next generation of computational scientists. Dr. Srujan Rokkam, a Lead Engineer at ACT, was one of only 65 participants selected from a worldwide pool of applicants to attend the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC) funded by the DOE’s Office of Science. The two-week ATPESC program provided intensive hands-on training on key skills which are necessary to develop computational science and engineering tools on leadership-class supercomputers of the future.

“ATPESC provided exposure to a broad spectrum of computational topics,” says Rokkam.  “Subjects included parallel programming architectures, numerical libraries, HPC codes, visualization and debugging methodologies. The computational skills learned at ATPESC, will directly benefit development of scientific software across many industries, including work here at ACT. ”

According to Dr. Bill Anderson, Chief Engineer at ACT, “Srujan’s participation in the ATPESC program is an indication of the cutting edge computational research undertaken at ACT. We develop novel scientific tools which provide high-fidelity predictive modeling capabilities and cost-savings for both government and commercial customers. This area of advanced modeling has attracted over $4 million in R&D contracts at ACT in the last 5 years.”

For more information about these ACT’s computational technologies, visit our Advanced Modeling page.

Dr. Rokkam with Dr. Paul Messina, Director of Science for the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, during the ATPESC program.

Dr. Rokkam with Dr. Paul Messina, Director of Science for the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, during the ATPESC program.

 ABOUT ACT

ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development, custom thermal product manufacturing, and advanced modeling of ultiscale/multiphysics phenomena. ACT designs and manufactures cold plates, HiK plates, heat pipes, pumped liquid and two phase loops and thermal storage devices for customers in diverse markets including Aerospace, Electronics, Temperature Calibration, Medical Device, and Energy Systems.

ACT’s broad and diverse thermal technology portfolio is a direct result of its strong commitment to R&D. The R&D team at ACT has rich history of modeling materials phenomenon from the nanoscale (several atoms) to the micron level and up to the macroscale (engineering length scale). The R&D team at ACT has scientists and engineers with backgrounds in mechanical, electrical, chemical, aerospace, nuclear, material science, physics and computational science. Their expertise assures we can serve wide variety of material, thermal and modeling challenges in diverse applications.

Dr. Rokkam’s Computational R&D group at ACT conducts cutting edge research in the areas of modeling ablation response, computational chemistry, peridynamics based damage modeling, corrosion damage modeling and modeling of hypersonic CFD phenomena. Over the last five years, ACT has developed several novel state of the art computational frameworks and custom tools to investigate thermomechanical behavior of materials, materials chemistry and multiphysics behavior of materials in thermal/fluid/electrical environments. Most of these tools are delivered to the sponsoring agencies like NASA, DOD, and DOE to facilitate their research undertakings or design analysis.

ACT has multiple workstations (Linux/Mac) onsite to undertake the modeling research. In addition, the engineers have access to high performance computing resources with hundreds of computing cores at DoD and NSFXSEDE Supercomputers, to undertake computationally intensive simulations.

For more information about ACT’s R&D Capabilities, please visit ACT Research & Development.

Media Contact:

Pete Ritt
Vice President, Technical Services
E-mail: Pete.Ritt@1-ACT.com
www.1-ACT.com

ACT Recertified for ISO and AS9100 Quality Standards

ACT Quality AssuranceLancaster, Pennsylvania – December 8, 2015 – Advanced Cooling Technologies (ACT), Inc. a premier thermal management solutions company, announced today that it has successfully passed a rigorous full recertification audit for ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100C.  The Quality Management Systems (QMS) audit, performed by accredited registrar Intertek Testing Services, covers the design and manufacturing of ACT’s products and services for the aviation, space and defense industries along with all other terrestrial markets.

Over the past several years, ACT has experienced growth in the aerospace and defense markets as well as a facility expansion for its energy recovery heat-exchange units.  “Successfully passing the AS9100 audit during this exciting growth/expansion period is a testament to our commitment to customer satisfaction, and manufacturing excellence” stated John Hartenstine, ACT’s Vice President of Operations and Quality Assurance.

ACT Wins National Physical Laboratory UK Bid for PCHPs

Figure 1: Pressure controlled heat pipe calibrating furnace and controls.

Figure 1: Pressure controlled heat pipe calibrating furnace and controls.

Lancaster, PA, November 5, 2015 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT), Lancaster, PA., recently won a new order to deliver two pressure controlled heat pipe (PCHP) calibrators to the National Physical Laboratory (located in the United Kingdom).   One of the PCHP calibrators will  feature a sodium heat pipe with the ability to operate between 700°C and 1,100°C and maintain a temperature stability of +/-5mK.  The other PCHP calibrators will feature a potassium heat pipe with the ability to operate between 400°C and 900°C and also maintain a temperature stability of +/-5mK. The heat pipes each feature 5 thermowells located within the vapor space of the heat pipe along with a blackbody cavity.  The transient stability of the heat pipe is maintained by actively controlling the pressure of the heat pipe’s vapor space, ensuring a stable saturation temperature within the heat pipe.  The pressure is manipulated by changing the effective volume of the heat pipe, simply by moving a sealed bellows.

ACT’s custom products group has supplied heat pipes as isothermal furnaces liners and blackbody cavities to the calibration industry since the company’s inception.  The mature product line has not benefited from any technology advancements over the years.  The pressure controlled heat pipe technology was initially developed on a NASA Goddard Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program several years ago, demonstrating temperature stability in a low-temperature spacecraft PCHP under varying power and sink conditions.  This is the second PCHP order in less than a year.

More information on ACT’s PCHP furnaces can be found online at https://www.1-act.com/products/isothermal-furnace-liner/pressure-controlled-heat-pipe-furnace/

Figure 2: Temperature stability data from PCHP operating near 800°C.

Figure 2: Temperature stability data from PCHP operating near 800°C.

ACT named a Best Place to Work in PA for Third Consecutive Year

Diane Baldassarre accepts the award on behalf of ACT

Diane Baldassarre accepts the award on behalf of ACT

Lancaster, PA, September 17, 2015 – For the third year in a row, Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has been named a Best Place to Work in PA for 2015. The awards program, created in 2000, is one of the first statewide programs of its kind in the country. The program is a public/private partnership between Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Pennsylvania State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Central Penn Business Journal.

Jon Zuo, President of ACT, was pleased to make the announcement to the over 90 ACT employees. “This is the third time for us to receive this award. I want to congratulate everyone for this important accomplishment, and thank you for your hard work in making ACT an enjoyable and productive workplace. In particular, our thanks go to Diane Baldassarre and the members of the BPTW Committee and subcommittees for their tireless efforts in leading and coordinating the numerous projects, campaigns and events.”

This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Pennsylvania, who are benefiting the state’s economy and its workforce. Employers are categorized based upon the total number of employees they have in the United States, 25 to 249 employees and 250 or more employees.

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business
  • Be a publicly or privately held business
  • Have a facility in Pennsylvania
  • Have at least 25 employees working in Pennsylvania
  • Be in business a minimum of one year

Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the 100 Best Places to Work in PA. The first part of this process was evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophies, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process.

ACT was also named a Best Place to Work in PA for 2013, listed at number 66, and again in 2014 at number 49.

ACT will be recognized at the Best Places to Work in PA awards banquet on Thursday, December 3, 2015, at the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, PA, receiving a ranking of #66 for 2015.

ACT Announces Facility Expansion

HVAC Energy Recovery Manufacturing Facilities and New Conference/Training Center

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – August 24, 2015 – Advanced Cooling Technologies (ACT), Inc. a premier thermal management solutions company, announced today the expansion of its facilities from 40,000ft2 to 50,000ft2 to accommodate its line of energy recovery systems, heat-exchanger units that make buildings’ HVAC systems more efficient.  The 10,000ft2 expansion is in response to ACT’s growing presence in the HVAC/Energy Recovery market and was designed to accommodate both small and large heat exchangers to meet customer demands.

“We designed the area to accommodate a wide range of energy recovery-heat exchanger systems, over 16 feet wide x 12 feet tall,” stated John Hartenstine, ACT’s Vice President of Operations and Quality Assurance. “The expansion will increase ACT’s manufacturing capacity to hundreds of systems annually.”

One local energy recovery project of note was located in Penn State.  The new regional Centre Area Transportation Authority – State College (CATA) bus terminal utilized the ACT energy recovery system which captures the buildings warm exhaust air to then pre-heat incoming fresh air to the facility.

The expansion also includes a 2,000 ft2 Conference/Training Center with the latest AV technology for customer and corporate meetings, planning, education and training sessions, and company events hosted by ACT’s employee-led committees.

New ACT Expansion

Media Contact

Pete Ritt
Vice President, Technical Services
E-mail: Pete.Ritt@1-ACT.com

ACT Receives Lockheed Martin Contract to Support Missile Development

ACT and Lockheed Martin Technology

Photo Courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Copyright 2015.

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – July 20, 2015 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today that it has been awarded a contract from Lockheed Martin to help develop, test and ultimately field the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM), a joint program of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force. LRASM is designed to feature a variety of highly sophisticated technologies that will allow it to execute long-range missions with high accuracy and reliability. ACT is supporting the effort by developing an advanced passive thermal management system to replace the actively pumped system. This system aims to reduce the number of parts and system complexity, which in turn would create higher system reliability. This technology seeks to provide critical mission capability by cooling the electronics responsible for dynamic targeting. ACT is responsible for design, thermal and mechanical analysis, prototyping and thermal testing.

Based on the successful JASSM-ER platform, LRASM is designed to meet the needs of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force for advanced precision-guided missile systems. The technology aims to reduce dependence on external platforms and network links in dense electronic-warfare environments.

 

Media Contact: Bryan Muzyka
Sales Manager
Bryan.Muzyka@1-ACT.com

ACT Awarded $3M in R&D Contracts

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – June 29, 2015. Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today that it is continuing its rapid technology diversification through multiple R&D contract wins.  In 2014, ACT was awarded over 15 new contracts, totaling more than 3 million dollars, through government-funded Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) and Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) programs.

The awards are in addition to the previously announced $4.3M wins from the Department of Energy (DOE) for dry cooling technology development.  The funding agencies included the DOE, the Department of Defense (DOD) and NASA.  These R&D contracts will develop innovative thermal management technologies and explore new areas such as corrosion-resistant coatings, combustion and advanced modeling. According to Dr. William Anderson, Chief Engineer at ACT, “In addition to our research on thermal technologies, these awards demonstrate ACT’s continuing diversification into R&D areas such as coatings, combustion and energy conservation.”   Examples of these awards are listed below. More information on ACT’s R&D activities can be found at ACT R&D.

  • Vortical-Flow Direct Contact Air Washer for Corrosion Prevention (Air Force)
  • Dry cooling (DOE, APRA-E)
  • High Accuracy, Turnkey, Minimum Hot Surface Ignition Test Apparatus (Air Force)
  • Highly Efficient, Compact Hydrogen Generator for use in Marine Diesel Engines (Special Operations Command)
  • Vapor Chamber with Phase Change Material-Based Wick Structure for Thermal Control of Manned Spacecraft (NASA)
  • Ocean Thermal Energy Harvesting System (Navy)
  • Hybrid Heat Pipes for High Heat Flux Applications (NASA)
  • An Innovative VOCs Incinerator (DOE)
  • Titanium/Water Heat Pipe Radiator for Spacecraft Fission Power (NASA)
  • Enhanced Dropwise Condensation for Improved Dry Cooling Efficiency (DOE)
  • Environmental Control Unit (Air Conditioner) with Integrated Thermal Storage (OSD)
  • Variable Conductance Heat Pipes for Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generators (NASA)
  • Peridynamics Based Multiscale Modeling of Damage in Thick Composites (DOD)
  • Compact Heat Exchangers for Directed Energy Weapons (Navy)

This year, ACT has continued to expand its R&D into new areas such as:

  • Physics based modeling of damage in composites and corrosion phenomena in metals
  • Advanced thermal storage for Directed Energy Weapons and air conditioning
  • Combustion research for air pollution control and basic ignition research
  • Corrosion prevention including coatings and salt removal

Many of ACT’s R&D programs are in collaboration with industrial and academic partners.  Some of the academic partners in the past year included: Bucknell University, Colorado School of Mines, Drexel University, Florida Institute of Technology, Florida State University, Lehigh University, North Carolina State University, Oklahoma State University, Pennsylvania State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Missouri, Valparaiso University, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Southern California.

 

ACT Delivers Heat Pipe Heat Exchangers for the CATA Facility at Penn State

Figure 1. DLZ Architects Concept of the new CATA Terminal Building

Figure 1. DLZ Architects Concept of the new
CATA Terminal Building

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – June 15, 2015.Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT), Lancaster, PA., was chosen by the Penn State area Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA) to provide heat pipe heat exchangers for incorporation into the make-up air units for its new state-of-the-art bus transfer terminal building and maintenance facility, Figure 1. The heat pipe heat exchangers will preheat the incoming cold air, during the winter season, by transferring energy from the exhaust air stream.  The transport authority has a fleet of 92 natural gas engine buses serving 32 routes with over 7.3 million riders annually.  ACT’s energy recovery systems have the ability to save over $2,500/week in heating utility costs.

Project Background: CATA’s fleet of busses, Figure 2, are powered by natural gas, which is significantly cleaner and less polluting than traditional diesel powered busses.  However, when the busses are stored indoors or when they are being serviced in the maintenance bays, the engine exhaust products can still be potentially hazardous to the people that work in these facilities.   Therefore, the make-up air units are designed to provide a significant amount of fresh air to prevent unhealthy concentrations of carbon monoxide and other byproducts of the combustion process. The requirement for numerous air changes per hour puts a high demand on the heating systems during the winter season.

Figure 2. CATA’s busses are powered by natural gas

Figure 2. CATA’s busses are powered
by natural gas

While large amounts of fresh air are being drawn into the facility, a nearly equal amount of air that has already been heated to the space temperature is being exhausted from the building.  ACT’s air-to-air heat pipe heat exchangers are placed across these two air streams.  The heat pipe coil, which is in the warm exhaust stream, extracts thermal energy from the exiting stream.  This energy is transferred to the heat pipe coil that is the incoming air stream through the highly conductive heat pipes.  The heat pipe coil in the incoming stream delivers this thermal energy to the incoming air stream, effectively preheating it prior to passing through the active portion of the air handler (gas burner).   The result is a significant reduction in the amount of energy required to heat the incoming air up to the space temperature.

 

Figure 3. ACT’s AAHX Energy Recovery System measuring 6.5 ft. tall by 8 ft. wide

Figure 3.
ACT’s AAHX Energy Recovery System
measuring 6.5 ft. tall by 8 ft. wide

The Application: While there are other types of energy recovery devices, for example plate heat exchangers and enthalpy wheels, the heat pipe was a much better fit for this application.  Plate type heat exchangers where too large to fit into the energy recovery section of the make-up air handlers.  Typically, the energy recovery section of the air handler is designed to incorporate a sensible or enthalpy wheel.  However, in this application, with hazardous (exhaust fumes) and potentially explosive (natural gas) gases, the wheel is not an acceptable solution because of the significant amount of exhaust gas recirculation that is inherent to the wheel design.  Therefore, the heat pipe heat exchanger with the same slim profile as a wheel and the near zero leakage between the exhaust and incoming air streams was the best solution.  The heat pipe heat exchanger has the additional benefit of decades of maintenance free service. There are no motors, bearings, drive belts or that require periodic maintenance or replacement.

Project Scope and Payback: The scale of the project involved the engineering and manufacturing of 11 air-to-air heat exchanger (AAHX) systems ranging in size from approximately 4 ft. x 5 ft. all the way up to 6.5 ft. x 8 ft.  Each self-contained AAHX unit was sent to the air handling manufacturer for final installation into the make-up air handlers.

The calculated energy savings versus the cost of the ACT AAHX units results in a payback period of less than two years.  A few other key statistics are provided below.

  • Total energy transferred for the 11 systems is over 3,500,000 Btu/Hr.
  • At design conditions, the CATA ACT-AAHX systems save over $2,500/week.
  • ACT-AAHX reduces Greenhouse gas emissions by approximately Five (5) tons/day
  • The ACT-AAHX units are rated for over 20 years of continuous operation
  • No required maintenance other than replacing the air handlers air filters

 

Media Contact

Mark Stevens
Mark.Stevens@1-ACT.com
www.1-ACT.com/HVAC

ACT Awarded $4.3M to Develop Technologies for Dry Cooling

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – June 8, 2015. Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has been selected to develop multiple technologies that can enable dry cooling for thermoelectric power generation, securing over $4.3M in research and development funding.  Dry cooling heat exchangers, as a replacement for wet cooling towers, are becoming of increasing importance as water shortages threaten the availability of water to cool our power plants.  Today, power plants consume approximately 40% of the fresh water used every day.  The technologies that ACT has proposed show promise to help eliminate water usage by dissipating heat directly to air, while maintaining the overall power plant efficiency.

“Forecasted water shortages over the next few decades threaten our ability to farm and provide electricity,” stated Dr. Richard Bonner, Principal Investigator and Manager of Custom Products, “it is our privilege to lead several dry cooling technology development programs chartered with solving such an important challenge.”

In February, ACT was awarded a Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase II program to develop a dropwise condensation solution that will reduce the thermal resistance on the inside of steam condensing tubes.  ACT plans on leveraging its porous metal and hydrophobic coating expertise to develop a solution that is high performance, reliable, and cost effective.  The two year, $1.1M program will result in a sub-scale pilot demonstration of a dry cooling radiator enhanced with the proposed dropwise condensation solution.

ACT’s dry cooling technology is looking to improve water usage efficiency in these large power plants

ACT’s dry cooling technology is looking to improve water usage efficiency in these large power plants

In May, the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) awarded $3.2 million in funding to ACT, University of Missouri, Lehigh University, and Evapco, Inc. to help create highly efficient and scalable dry-cooling technologies for thermoelectric power plants. The project is funded through the Advanced Research In Dry cooling (ARID) program, one of ARPA-E’s newest programs.  The team will develop a novel cool storage system that collects and stores heat rejected from a power plant condenser during the day until the waste heat can be more efficiently rejected during the night at lower ambient temperatures. The technology will utilize an array of heat pipes to transfer heat to the thermal storage unit, and will incorporate self (flow-induced) agitated fins to increase air-side heat transfer by 230%. The team will also tailor the thermal properties of the thermal storage media, which will allow the system to be optimized for use in climates with different daytime and nighttime temperatures.

“Evaporative cooling with water is very efficient,” observes Dr. Chien-hua Chen, Lead R&D Engineer, “We realize that advancements in multiple heat transfer technologies and advanced systems level architectures are required to meet the thermal challenge in front of us.”

Media Contact

Pete Ritt
Vice President, Technical Services
E-mail: Pete.Ritt@1-ACT.com

ACT Delivers Twenty Large Heat Pipe Heat Exchangers to Hospital in South Korea

Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) of Lancaster PA has been awarded a large manufacturing contract to deliver twenty air-to-air heat pipe heat exchangers (AAHXs) for use at a hospital in South Korea.  The AAHXs will be incorporated into the hospital heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.  Ten of the AAHXs are large side-by-side units and nine of the AAHXs are unique, space-saving split and bent design. The remaining AAHX is an innovative, center split, passive loop thermosyphon, measuring over 27 feet long by 12 feet high and will be assembled and charged on-site by the ACT installation team.

Maintaining a high level of indoor air quality requires a significant amount of ventilation air.  Stale indoor air must be frequently exchanged with fresh outside air.  This outside air that is brought into the building must be heated in the winter and cooled in the summer by the active HVAC system to maintain the indoor air temperature at about 70°F.   The heating and cooling of the outside air requires a tremendous amount of energy for a large building like the hospital.

At the same time as outdoor air is being drawn into the building, an equal amount of indoor air at 70°F is being discharged from the building.   These two air streams pass through ACT’s heat pipe heat exchangers.  In the winter, the warm discharge air transfers its heat energy passively to the incoming outside air so that the demand on the active heating and cooling system is significantly less.  The AAHXs for this project have ten rows of heat pipes and are capable of performing approximately 70% of the precooling or preheating required.   The twenty AAHXs will condition over 500,000 cubic feet of ventilation air per minute.  The energy recovered by the AAHXs will save the hospital approximately $200,000 per year in energy costs.

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ACT’s Energy Recovery Production Group in Front of One of Twenty Heat Pipe Heat Exchangers to be Delivered to an International Hospital in South Korea

Media Contact:
Mark Stevens
Mark.Stevens@1-ACT.com

 

ACT awarded Large Scale International Medical Center Project for Air-to-Air Energy Recovery

Lancaster, PA – May 21, 2015 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has been selected to supply twenty, custom air-to-air heat pipe heat exchanger(AAHXs) for an international medical center project. Ten of the AAHXs are large, side-by-side units. The other nine of the AAHXs are unique, space-saving split and bent design. The remaining AAHX is an innovative, center split, passive loop thermosyphon at over 27 feet long by 12 feet high and will be assembled and charged on-site by an ACT installation team.  

During the winter months, ACT’s energy recovery AAHX products capture waste heat from air streams to pre-heat the incoming make-up air. An important biological health safety requirement with hospitals is that the thermal energy is transferred without any cross contamination between the exhaust air and the make-up air. The energy recovery AAHXs are installed throughout the twenty story medical facility, from the basement to the roof top. Based on the success of this project, ACT and its customer will evaluate the feasibility of using ACT’s Wrap-Around Heat Pipe Heat Exchangers (WAHXs) for enhanced dehumidification and energy savings during the summer air conditioning season.  

HospitalACT was selected over competing technologies for its comprehensive thermal management experience. “Our ability to customize the energy recovery units to fit the complicated installation environment made all the difference for this customer”, commented Mark Stevens, Business Development Manager for ACT’s Energy Recovery Products Group. The project will be completed in July, 2015. The total installed system has an estimated payback period of less than 48 months.  

About ACT: Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) is a premier thermal management solutions company. Under our ISO9001 and AS9100 certifications, we design and manufacture products for diverse applications including HVAC energy recovery, satellite thermal control, commercial/military electronics cooling, and temperature calibration. Our responsive, customer-focused team provides innovative engineering and advanced research and development services for clients worldwide. Learn more at www.1-ACT.com/HVAC.

 

Media Contact:
Mark Stevens
Mark.Stevens@1-ACT.com

 

ACT Delivers Precision High Temperature Heat Pipe to German Government Lab

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Figure 1: Pressure controlled heat pipe calibrating furnace and controls.

Lancaster, PA – Mar 3, 2015 Advanced Cooling Technologies (ACT) announced today that they have recently delivered a pressure controlled heat pipe (PCHP) calibrator to a highly regarded German government calibration institution. The purpose of the calibration product is to calibrate up to 5 thermometers to a reference thermometer. The PCHP calibrator (shown in Figure 1) features a sodium heat pipe with the ability to operate between 600°C and 1,000°C and maintain a temperature stability of +/-5mK over a 2 hour period (some temperature data are shown in Figure 2).  The heat pipe features 6 thermowells located within the vapor space of the heat pipe, maintaining a high degree of temperature uniformity between the thermometers.  The transient stability of the heat pipe is maintained by actively controlling the pressure of the heat pipe’s vapor space, ensuring a stable saturation temperature within the heat pipe.  The pressure is manipulated by changing the effective volume of the heat pipe, simply by moving a sealed bellows.

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Figure 2: Temperature stability data from PCHP operating near 800°C.

ACT’s custom products group has supplied heat pipes as isothermal furnaces liners and blackbody cavities to the calibration industry since the company’s inception.  The mature product line has not benefited from any technology advancements over the years.  The pressure controlled heat pipe technology was initially developed on a NASA Goddard Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program several years ago, demonstrating temperature stability in a low-temperature spacecraft PCHP under varying power and sink conditions.  “Translating aerospace R&D results to a high temperature calibration product was very challenging,” continues Dr. Richard Bonner, Manager of Customer Products, “I believe the strong collaboration between our R&D and product development personnel along with the perseverance of our talented team were the keys to our success.”

ACT’s Fluid Accumulators Delivered to the International Space Station

Lancaster, Pennsylvania– January 14, 2015. Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) (www.1-ACT.com) announced today four fluid compensation accumulators installed in NASA’s Cloud Aerosol Transport Systems (CATS) instrument were successfully delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard SpaceX’s CRS 5 dragon capsule which docked with the space station on January 13th 2015.

The all stainless steel accumulators provide volumetric compensation for fluid property changes across the broad temperature range experienced in spacecraft applications, from -40°C to 55°C. This new product was designed, manufactured and qualified by ACT to operate for up to 3 years in this challenging environment.  ACT introduced the accumulators in response to multiple requests for a rapid design and development supplier for custom, flight qualified, fluid compensation systems.

image1image2ACT’s Accumulator being deployed on the ISS. Individual Parts are seen on the left and the welded assembly is seen on the right

“These accumulators are a logical expansion beyond heat pipes for our aerospace product offerings. We’re utilizing the same high quality flight hardware practices, customer responsiveness, product development innovation and manufacturing talent sets for a different product in a similar market” says Mike DeChristopher, ACT Lead Engineer, Defense and Aerospace Products Group.

ACT’s Defense and Aerospace Products Group consists of personnel having diverse engineering and technical skills, making the group capable of solving some of the most demanding thermal design, analysis, and fabrication challenges in the spacecraft and aircraft industries. The group’s customer-focused approach is driving rapid growth and allowing ACT to quickly become a trusted supplier of flight-quality products, advanced research and development, and thermal management consulting services for the aerospace industry. The group has accumulated a significant on-orbit flight heritage with its heat pipe products.  The group’s satellite thermal control products include:

  • CCHP, VCHP, LHP
    • Build-to-print, or custom designs
    • Embedded and External Mount
    • In-House and Custom Extrusions
    • 2D and 3D Configurations
    • Integration with Radiators
    • Aerospace Qualified Soldered Assemblies
  • Titanium Struts
  • Accumulators (New!)

 

ACT Passes Surveillance Audit for ISO and AS9100 Quality Standards

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – December 19, 2014 – Advanced Cooling Technologies (ACT), Inc. announced today that it has successfully passed the surveillance audit for ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100C. The Quality Management Systems (QMS) audit, performed by Intertek Testing Services, covers the design and manufacturing of ACT’s products and services for the aviation, space and defense industries along with all other terrestrial markets.

“Passing the stringent surveillance audit validates ACT’s effective QMS for providing mission critical products and services for the aerospace industry” stated John Hartenstine, ACT’s Vice President of Operations and Quality Assurance. “ACT is committed to providing our customers with the highest standard of professional practice and the highest quality of products and services. Quality and continuous improvement are our basic operating principles.”

ACT is Developing Heat Pipe Loops to Passively Cool Fiber Lasers

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – November 17, 2014. Advanced Cooling Technologies (ACT) announced that they are continuing to develop their Heat Pipe Loop (HPL) technology to cool fiber lasers for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). The goal is to maintain the temperature of the fiber below a threshold value and in turn improve reliability, lifetime, and point stability. At the laser system level, improved fiber thermal management enables operation at overall higher powers. ACT’s heat pipe loop technology can passively handle high heat fluxes and dissipate the heat at a remote heat sink location, as needed.

Important to note is that ACT’s HPL technology can accommodate multiple evaporators. In previous work for the Department of Defense, ACT demonstrated a two evaporator system (evaporators connected in parallel). The dual-evaporator HPL was able to successfully handle transient thermal loads including non-uniform heat inputs applied to each of the evaporators.

ACT Delivers Aerospace Heat Pipes to Boeing for Integration on Four Satellites

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – October 8, 2014 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today that it has delivered numerous Constant Conductance Heat Pipes (CCHP’s) to Boeing’s satellite business in El Segundo, CA.

ACT’s aluminum-ammonia CCHPs are being integrated across four (4) unique satellite platforms in order to maintain proper operation for mission critical electronics and payloads. These heat pipes go through rigorous quality requirements to assure 30+ year operating life in space. ACT was qualified by Boeing as a supplier for CCHPs in 2013. Once launched, these parts will add to ACT’s space flight track record: currently over 4 million hours on orbit!

ACT Named Best Place to Work in PA in 2014 for Second Consecutive Year

Lancaster, September 22, 2014 – For the second year in a row, Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has been named 49th on the list of the Best Places to Work in PA for 2014. The awards program, created in 2000, is one of the first statewide programs of its kind in the country. The program is a public/private partnership between Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Pennsylvania State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Central Penn Business Journal.

Diane Baldassarre accepted the No. 49 small/medium award for Lancaster County-based Advanced Cooling Technologies.

Diane Baldassarre accepted the No. 49 small/medium award for Lancaster County-based Advanced Cooling Technologies.

Diane Baldassarre, Manager, Administration, was pleased to learn of ACT’s recognition. “Although we devote an organized effort into being a Best Place to Work in PA, it’s really the employees themselves that make this a great work environment. Aside from the activities and continuous efforts towards company improvement, the day to day attitudes, humor, and talent that our teammates bring to ACT are truly what make this place great.”

This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Pennsylvania, who are benefiting the state’s economy and its workforce. Employers are categorized based upon the total number of employees they have in the United States, 25 to 249 employees and 250 or more employees.

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:
– Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business
– Be a publicly or privately held business
– Have a facility in Pennsylvania
– Have at least 25 employees working in Pennsylvania
– Be in business a minimum of one year.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the 100 Best Places to Work in PA. The first part of this process was evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophies, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process.Company rankings within the list were revealed December 4, 2014.

ACT was also named a Best Place to Work in PA for 2013, listed at number 66, and hopes to continue the upward climb for 2015.

 

ACT Expanding High Temperature Heat Pipe Offerings

Isothermal Furnace Liner

Isothermal Furnace Liner

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – September 8, 2014. Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc (ACT) announced today that they are expanding their high temperature heat pipe products and service offerings. For the past eight years ACT has had a successful product line of Isothermal Furnace Liners (IFLs). These devices are used for precision materials processing and contact and non-contact temperature calibration in the temperature range of up to 1,100⁰C. ACT is now offering high temperature heat pipes for many other unique applications.

Typically, high temperature heat pipes are used in the temperature range of 400⁰C to 1,100⁰C. Heat transfer rates of up to hundreds of kilowatts are typical of these heat pipes. “We have design and manufacturing experiences with numerous high temperature heat pipes of diverse form factors and utilizing a variety of working fluids, envelope materials, and wick structures”, noted Dr. Richard Bonner, Manager, of the Custom Products Group at ACT. Typical options include Cesium, Potassium, Sodium and Lithium for working fluids, Stainless Steels, Inconels, Haynes Alloys and Refractory metals as envelope materials with Screen Mesh and Sintered Powder wick structures. “We see a market need for these products across many established and emerging industries”, Bonner continued. High temperature heat pipes have been proven beneficial in applications including materials processing, temperature calibration, heat engine receivers, heat exchangers, heat recovery devices, hypersonic wing leading edges, thermoelectric generators, solar thermal, bio-mass reactors, nuclear power, and others. ACT is one of the very few companies that commercially manufactures heat pipes across this temperature spectrum, from cryogenic fluids to liquid metals. “With our strong heat pipe heritage and substantial high temperature heat pipe experience, ACT is uniquely qualified to satisfy the needs of these markets,” Bonner concluded.

ACT’s high temperature heat pipes are one of the product lines designed and manufactured within its Custom Products business unit. This business unit’s goal is to help customers solve thermal challenges by developing new products and applying existing technology to new applications. Feasibility assessments, prototyping, low volume custom manufacturing and testing are some of the products and services available.

If you have a need for high temperature thermal management, or would like to learn more, call an ACT representative today.

 

ACT Expanding Advanced Modeling Research Activities

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – August 11, 2014. Advanced Cooling Technologies announced today that it is continuing to expand its focus on research in advanced modeling through four recent wins of government funded R&D contracts, totaling over $600K. Over the last 5 years, ACT has been awarded $4 million in contracts in this research area.

ACT’s Advanced Modeling Research (AMR) focuses on developing a fundamental understanding of physical and chemical processes at the micron and sub-micron scale. These bottom-up multi-scale simulation approaches have the potential to link the atomistic length-scale to the product-level, offering highly accurate prediction tools. According to Dr. Tapan Desai, R&D Manager at ACT, “These awards demonstrate ACT’s depth and breadth in performing advanced modeling to develop prediction toolkits for ACT’s government and commercial customers. ACT’s advanced modeling capabilities directly benefits our customers by helping them gain a fundamental understanding of the “cause and effect” leading to high performance products with substantial cost savings”.

ACT’s reactive MD simulation of ablative rubber composite in oxygen atmosphere

ACT’s reactive MD simulation of ablative rubber composite in oxygen atmosphere

 

For more information about these emerging technologies, visit our website https://www.1-act.com/advanced-technologies/advanced-modeling/

Crack propagation simulation

ACT’s simulation of crack propagation in composite lamina using meshless peridynamics approach.

Some notable examples of AMR projects include:

  • Development of corrosion fatigue prediction tool based on peridynamics methodology
  • Peridynamics based multiscale modeling of damage in thick composites
  • Physics based model development for high power semiconductor lasers
  • Electrical & thermally coupled fast device models for circuit simulation
  • Boltzmann transport based modeling of semiconductor devices (GaN, SiC)
  • Reactive molecular dynamics based design of  ablative TPS for space vehicles
  • Development of atomistically-informed reduced chemical kinetics model for composite ablatives used in rocket motor engine

 

 

ACT Awarded New Navy BAA to Develop Advanced Cooling System for High Energy Lasers

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – July 1, 2014. Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has been awarded a new $1.2M, three year contract to develop an efficient, lightweight, compact thermal storage and management subsystem for the Navy’s Ground-Based Air Defense Directed Energy On-The-Move (GBAD) program. The overall objective of the program is to develop a vehicle mounted air defense laser system to defeat low observable/ low radar cross section threats to the Marine Corps, specifically Unmanned Aerial Systems. The system proposed will remove the waste heat from the laser commensurate with available power and other engineering constraints. In the program, ACT will design, test and deliver a full-scale cooling system that will directly integrate with the High Energy Laser.

This new award is ACT’s fourth award in the area of direct energy weapon systems and demonstrates our core strength in heat transfer and thermal management for transient high power applications.

 

ACT Launches New Web-Based Selection Tool For Air-to-Air Heat Pipe Heat Exchangers

Air to Air Heat Exchanger Selection Tool

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – June 17, 2014.  Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT), Lancaster, PA., has released an easy-to-use, registration free, web-based selection tool for its energy recovery line of Passive Heat Pipe Air-to-Air Heat Exchangers (HP-AAHX).

Heat Pipe Air-to-Air Heat Exchangers:
The ACT HP-AAHX system recovers energy from a building’s entering or leaving air ventilation system.  Depending upon geographical location, cold winter incoming air is tempered by the warm building air being exhausted.  In summer time, the hot entering air is cooled by the cool building air being exhausted. The ACT HP-AAHX system can be installed with entering and leaving air ducts situated side-by-side or separated. The ACT HP-AAHX system is passive and transfers energy with no moving parts. The ASHRAE 90.1 Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings calls out specific geographical regions where air-to-air energy recovery systems should be installed. Application factors like climate, air flow rates and the percentage of outside air drive the selection.  The ASHRAE 90.1 Standard application recommendations have been mandated by many local and municipal building codes.

Selecting a Heat Pipe Air-to-Air Heat Exchanger System:
This ACT AAHX Selection tool, located at www.1-ACT.com/HVAC/AAHX, is intended to provide the HVAC designer with the capability to perform a system design selection and to evaluate energy recover performance at various design points. It is also intended as a system design collaboration tool to clearly communicate project requirements, goals, and preliminary selections with ACT applications engineers.

Initial Selection of Design Conditions and Choice of Variables:

  • SOLUTION PARAMETERS: There are two modes (SELECT) or (RATE).  In SELECT mode, the calculator will provide the number of rows and fins per inch required to meet your input conditions.  In the RATE mode, the calculator will provide the output temperatures of the air streams based on the input conditions.
  • CALCULATION UNITS: Under PROJECT INFORMATION select either IP for ºF or SI for ºC.
  • LIMIT FIN RANGE: Under SOLUTION PARAMETERS there is a slide bar.  Simply slide along the bar to select the range of interest.

User Selectable Variables:

  • OUTSIDE AIR DB/WB: Enter (if known) or select the nearest city under the PROJECT INFORMATION tab.
  • RETURN AIR DB/WB: Enter the conditioned space return air DB/WB values.  (75°F/62.5°F is a good starting point if the exact conditions are unknown).
  • SUPPLY AIR DB / EFFECTIVENESS: In the SELECT mode, enter the desired supply air DB temperature or the desired effectiveness of the HP-AAHX. In the RATE mode, these values are calculated.
  • SUPPLY AIRFLOW : Enter the supply side airflow (SCFM).  Note: Supply and return airflows values do not need to match.
  • RETURN AIRFLOW: Enter the return side airflow (SCFM).
  • FIN HEIGHT AND LENGTH: On the supply side, enter both the fin height and the finned length.  On the return side, enter only the finned length.  The fin height will be equal to the supply side.  The finned lengths do not need to match.

Documenting and Evaluating Your Work…There are two useful output options.  One is a “Print to PDF”, which will capture all of the on screen data in a PDF format.  The other is a “Submit to ACT” which again captures all of the screen data, including your optional project information. The PDF arrives at ACT where it can be evaluated and potential recommendations can be made for system design optimization. The final selection can be the basis for a quotation.   Please visit www.1-ACT.com/HVAC/AAHX and give this new selection tool a try! Call ACT to review your application or provide comments on the new HP-AAHX Selection Tool.

 

 

ACT’s Thermal Control Products Onboard NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory Satellite

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – May 12, 2014.  Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) (www.1-ACT.com) announced today that its Constant Conductance Heat Pipes (CCHP’s) and a CCHP embedded radiator panel have successfully provided thermal management onboard NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory that was launched on February 27, 2014 from the Tanegashima Space Center, Japan.  The externally mounted CCHP’s and radiator panel, procured through Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (SGT), provide thermal management for the Avionics, Battery, and Star Tracker instruments onboard the satellite.  Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) is a joint mission between NASA and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to provide rain and snow observations worldwide, advancing our understanding of Earth’s water and energy cycles.

“We are excited to be a part of this joint NASA/JAXA science mission, to better understand and track precipitation from space,” says John Hartenstine, ACT Vice President, Operations and Quality Assurance.

ACT’s Defense/Aerospace Group consists of personnel having diverse engineering and technical skills, making the group capable of solving some of the most demanding thermal management problems in spacecraft and aircraft. The group’s customer-focused approach is driving rapid growth and allowing ACT to quickly become the preferred supplier of flight-quality products, advanced research and development, and thermal management consulting services for the aerospace industry.  The group’s satellite thermal control products include:

  • CCHP, VCHP, LHP
  • Build-to-print, or custom designs
  • Embedded and External Mount
  • In-House and Custom Extrusions
  • 2D and 3D Configurations
  • Integration with Radiators
  • Aerospace Qualified Soldered Assemblies
  • Titanium Struts
  • Accumulators

The group also provides complete thermal and mechanical design and analysis services for spacecraft Thermal Control Systems.

 

 

 

ACT Announces Multiple R&D Wins

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – April 28, 2014. Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today that it is continuing its rapid thermal technology diversification through multiple R&D contract wins.  In 2013 ACT was awarded over 20 new contracts through government-funded Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR’s) and Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) programs.  These contracts were awarded from several different government agencies, including DOE, NASA, DoD (MDA, Army, Air Force, Navy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, DARPA), and NSF.  These contracts will enable development of innovative thermal management technologies and perform R&D in new areas that include corrosion-resistant coatings and advanced modeling. According to Dr. William Anderson, Chief Engineer at ACT, “These multiple awards again demonstrate both the breadth of our innovative thinking on emerging thermal technologies and the confidence the many agencies have in our ability to develop it.” Some notable examples include:

  • Compact Heat Exchangers for Directed Energy Weapons (Navy)
  • Passive thermal management for cooling high power fiber lasers (MDA)
  • High temperature heat pipes for space nuclear fission (NASA)
  • Heat pipe based exhaust heat recovery systems for generator sets (ARMY)
  • Waste heat recovery in rocket motors to aid in weight reduction (MDA)
  • Passivation coatings for microchannel coolers to suppress erosion and corrosion (DARPA)
  • Pumped two-phase cooling loops for managing thermal loads in high heat flux electronics and laser diodes (NSF)
  • Increasing the energy density of liquid fuels by adding stabilized aluminum nanoparticles (Air Force)
  • Advanced modeling including new activities in corrosion fatigue and composite material damage (Navy)
  • Advanced radiator development for fission power thermal control (NASA)

In addition, ACT has continued to focus on energy-related applications in areas that include:

  • LED Cooling
  • Advanced thermal management for batteries and fuel cells
  • Thermoelectric power generators for waste heat recovery systems
  • The development of ultra-high temperature heat pipes for concentrated solar power (CSP) applications.

Many of ACT’s R&D programs are in collaboration with industrial and academic partners.  Some of the academic partners in the past year include: California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Texas Dallas, Lehigh University, Rowan University, North Carolina State University, Pennsylvania State University, Texas A&M University, University of Texas Dallas, and Villanova University.

 

 

ACT Awarded Contract to Develop Pumped Two-Phase Cold Plate to Cool Lockheed Martin’s High Power Laser

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – March 25, 2014 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today that it has been awarded a contract from Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training (LM-MST) to develop a two-phase pumped loop (TPPL) cold plate for the Robust Electric Laser Initiative (RELI) for ground based military vehicles.

Lockheed Martin’s spectral beam combining fiber lasers achieve very high electro-optical efficiencies and require uniform cold plate temperatures with low swap and high thermal efficiencies. ACT has, through a number of R&D programs in the past several years, developed considerable expertise and experience in designing and manufacturing pumped two-phase cold plates for a variety of challenging operating conditions including high heat fluxes, stringent temperature uniformity, multiple discrete heat sources, and military grade shock and vibration. Under the RELI program, ACT will design, build and deliver prototype cold plates and a test bed to Lockheed Martin for fiber laser modules.

 

 

ACT Develops ANCER™ Coatings for Corrosion Protection of Copper Microchannel Coolers

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – February 3, 2014 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced that they have developed ANCER™ coatings for corrosion and erosion protection of copper microchannel coolers (CMC).

Thermal oxidation test demonstrating the corrosion resistant properties of the ANCER™ coating. The uncoated copper ACT logo oxidizes changing color when exposed to temperatures from (a) ambient to (b) 250 °C and finally at (c) 400 °C, while the ANCER™  coated copper retains its color.

CMCs are used to remove waste heat from high heat flux devices such as laser diode arrays. CMCs have very short lifetimes, a few thousand hours in extreme conditions, due to current leakage and erosion corrosion effects from the high velocity, high purity de-ionized water coolant.  Loss of even a single CMC among an entire laser array can lead to costly replacement efforts and operational delays.

ACT’s new ANCER™ (Applied Nanoscale Corrosion Erosion Resistant) coatings, when applied to the interior surfaces of a CMC, can extend its life by 3 to 6 times.  Laboratory testing of complex geometry CMCs revealed that ANCER™ coated CMCs consistently outperformed gold plated CMCs, the current industry standard for corrosion/erosion protection, reducing the corrosion rate 260 times lower than gold.

ANCER™ is a hard coating that is robust enough to withstand the damaging effects of high speed, de-ionized water flow, yet thin enough to pose minimum impact to the excellent thermal conductivity of copper.  ACT has developed a vapor deposition process which allows the coating to be applied uniformly even on the most complex geometries with micro scale features such as inside a CMC.

The coating development was funded under a DARPA SBIR Phase I program. The test results were so positive that DARPA has recently funded a Phase II Option to help commercialize the technology.  “With the ANCER™ coatings, we have developed a solution for a problem that has been plaguing the laser diode community for years.” says Dr. Tapan Desai, Manager of R&D for ACT’s Defense/Aerospace Products Group, “We are grateful for the support and confidence DARPA has provided in helping us commercialize this technology”.  Mr. Scott Garner, Vice President of the Defense/Aerospace Products Group, adds “the response from the commercial sector been great. We are now providing coating services to our customers.  It’s very exciting to be offering new technology solutions to solve a well known industry problem.”

 

 

 

 

ACT Launches Web-Based Selection Tool For Wrap-Around Heat Pipe Heat Exchangers

Screen capture of WAHX selection software

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – January 6, 2014 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT), Lancaster, PA., has released an easy-to-use web-based selection tool for its energy recovery line of Wrap-Around Heat Pipe Heat Exchangers (WAHX). WAHXs change the sensible heat ratio of an active cooling coil (DX or Chilled Water) resulting in passive pre-cooling with enhanced dehumidification while delivering free, passive reheat.  The WAHX selection tool calculates the number of heat pipe rows and the fin count required to meet the input design conditions.  The selection tool also provides the tons of cooling saved relative to a system without a WAHX and the free, passive reheat savings.    

Benefits of the WAHX System
ACT’s WAHX product is typically installed in air handlers that draw the majority of the supply air from outside the building, for example dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS). A DOAS system, or any system with a high percentage of outside air, is burdened with higher latent and sensible loads compared to an air handler that recycles the majority of the air. The WAHX provides enhanced dehumidification by changing the sensible heat ratio of the active cooling coil.  The first section of the WAHX precools the incoming air stream.  Accordingly, more of the active cooling coil capacity can be utilized for latent cooling (moisture removal).  The second section of the WAHX, the reheat coil, returns the energy extracted from the air stream by the precool coil, providing passive, free reheat for applications that currently use electric or natural gas reheat.   The WAHX does add a relatively small amount of additional static pressure drop to the air handler, which is also provided by the selection tool.

WAHX Selection Tool Capabilities
This WAHX Selection tool is intended to provide the designer with the capability to perform a preliminary design selection and to evaluate performance at various design conditions. It is also intended to be a tool to communicate engineering requirements and design targets to ACT for additional calculations and/or for preparing a quotation.  

There are two useful output options for the selection tool. One is a “Print to PDF”, which will capture all of the on screen data in a savable PDF format.  The other is a “Submit to ACT” which will capture all of the screen data, including the project information that the user enters, and sends it to an ACT engineer for further assistance or quotation.   Please visit www.1-ACT.com/HVAC/WAHX and give this new selection tool a try.

 

ACT Receives Best Paper Award at AIAA IECEC Conference

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – December 9, 2013 – Advanced Cooling Technologies (ACT), Inc. announced today that it has been awarded the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Best Paper Award in Aerospace Power Systems at the International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference (IECEC) for the paper entitled Long-Lived Venus Lander Thermal Management System Design. The authors from ACT were Rebecca Hay, Andrew Slippey, Calin Tarau and William Anderson.  Lead author, Rebecca Hay, presented the paper at the IECEC Conference in July, 2012 and received the award at the awards lunch. The paper was based on research from a project funded through the Small Business Innovation Research office with the NASA/Glenn Research Center to develop a Thermal Management System using Variable Conductance Heat Pipes for a science mission to Venus.

“I am excited that the paper was so well received,” stated Rebecca Hay, a Research and Development Engineer in the Aerospace Products Group. “It was an honor to attend the lunch to accept the award and be recognized for the hard work that went into the paper and the project.”

 

 

ACT Passes 2013 Surveillance Audit for ISO and AS9100 Quality Standards

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – November 20, 2013 – Advanced Cooling Technologies (ACT), Inc. announced today that it has successfully passed the surveillance audit for ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100C with no findings.  The Quality Management Systems (QMS) audit, performed by Intertek Testing Services, covers the design and manufacturing of ACT’s products and services for the aviation, space and defense industries along with all other terrestrial markets.

“The surveillance audit covered roughly one-half of the Quality Management Systems with the second half audit scheduled for 2014,” stated Patrick Rozzi, ACT’s acting Quality Assurance Manager.  “We are pleased with the results and appreciate the efforts of the ACT team to maintain this rigorous QMS.  This demonstrates our commitment to deliver the highest quality thermal products and services, on-time, and with unmatched customer service.”

ACT Named Best Place to Work in PA in 2013

Lancaster, September 20, 2013 –  Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has been named one of the Best Places to Work in PA for 2013. The awards program, created in 2000, is one of the first statewide programs of its kind in the country. The program is a public/private partnership between Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Pennsylvania State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Central Penn Business Journal.

This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Pennsylvania, who are benefiting the state’s economy and its workforce. Employers are categorized based upon the total number of employees they have in the United States, 25 to 249 employees and 250 or more employees.

“We know that our employees are our most valuable asset and we are constantly looking for ways to improve our work environment”, according Diane Baldassarre, Administration Manager.  “It’s gratifying to be recognized for this important award. This is truly a team effort involving everyone here.”

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business
  • Be a publicly or privately held business
  • Have a facility in Pennsylvania
  • Have at least 25 employees working in Pennsylvania
  • Be in business a minimum of one year.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the 100 Best Places to Work in PA. The first part of this process was evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophies, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process.

 

 

 

 

ACT Establishes Radiography Inspection Facility

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – September 11, 2013 Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT)  (www.1-ACT.com) announced today that its Aerospace Products Group has established an in-house radiography inspection facility including all the required equipment and infrastructure. This facility will be primarily used to support ACT’s production of spacecraft thermal control heat pipe products. ACT personnel have successfully completed certification to Level I Radiographic Non Destructive Testing per NAS 410.

“This continuous improvement effort increases manufacturing efficiencies for mission critical aluminum/ammonia Constant Conductance Heat Pipes and Loop Heat Pipes for satellite thermal control, which will lead to improved cost competitiveness and reduction in lead time and risk,” says Mike DeChristopher, a Production Lead Engineer at ACT.

ACT’s Aerospace Products Group consists of personnel having diverse engineering and technical skills, making the group capable of solving some of the most demanding thermal management problems in spacecraft and aircraft. The group’s customer-focused approach is driving rapid growth and allowing ACT to quickly become a trusted supplier of flight-quality products, advanced research and development, and thermal management consulting services for the aerospace industry. To date, the group has manufactured and supplied heat pipe products to a dozen satellites currently on orbit.  The group’s satellite thermal control products include:

  • CCHP, VCHP, LHP
    • Build-to-print, or custom designs
    • Embedded and External Mount
    • In-House and Custom Extrusions
    • 2D and 3D Configurations
    • Integration with Radiators
    • Aerospace Qualified Soldered Assemblies
  • Titanium Struts
  • Accumulators

 

 

 

Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. Helps CertainTeed Building Products Plant Cool its Way to Better Quality

 

CertainTeed Drywall Manufacturing Plant, Moundsville, WV

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – August 15, 2013 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT).Tucked away in the West Virginia Mountains next to the slow flowing Ohio River is the CertainTeed drywall facility.  It is a  quarter mile long, state of the art,manufacturing plant.The Moundsville, WV plant is designed to flow drywall sheet materials up to 500 feet per minute.  The process pours, shapes, flattens, and dries the product to its final form. Any part of the production process that produces waste is recycled.  Even the materials that make up the product are derived from local waste and recycled material streams. A major element in the manufacturing process is water, which must be controlled within a tight temperature range. Process water that is too hot or too cold results in product inconsistencies and poor quality.

The water driven off during the drying process is condensed and the temperature is adjusted by high capacity cooling towers. Unfortunately, during the hot summer, the temperature of the reclaimed water exceeds the maximum allowable range, resulting in unscheduled and unwanted plant shutdowns.  To prevent this, supplemental cooling capacity was required to lower the process water temperature.

ACT’s 600,000 BTUH Radiator Cooling System

Application: ACT was contacted to evaluate and size a large, direct drive, fan cooled radiator system that could be placed in series with the building products process water loop.  ACT provided performance predictions as a function of flow rate, incoming process water temperature, outdoor temperature, and fan speed.  The water is continuously pumped through the radiator at a fixed flow rate between 17 and 21 gpm. The temperature of the water leaving the fan cooled radiator is controlled by varying the speed of the fan.  A variable frequency drive was used to modulate the fan motor speed.  The process control parameters are monitored and controlled by local PLCs and coordinated through the plant SCADA system. The fan cooled radiator system was required to cool the process water to approximately 60°F, which translates into a cooling capacity of over 600,000 BTU/hr. of cooling.

 

Design Scope:

The fan controlled radiator was engineered to address the process parameters.  All metal surfaces were formed from 304 stainless steel.  The radiator coils were E-coated to prevent corrosion. A direct drive 54 inch diameter, 10.9° pitch, high speed fan was driven by a ten horsepower AC motor.  An Ethernet based temperature sensor is used to provide input to a PLC.  The PLC communicates via Allen Bradley Device Net to vary the frequency of the 460VAC motor drive coupled to the fan cooled radiator’s 10 HP motor.

Conception to Installation and Start-Up:

Installing the ACT Radiator system on its mounting frame

ACT provided support throughout the entire project ranging from the initial design to predictive performance modeling to field installation and startup support. ACT also designed and built the custom three foot high, galvanized steel mounting base and the AC drive motor control cabinet. The final deliverable included full system documentation including startup and maintenance recommendations.

Project Results:

The plant engineering and facilities teams are pleased with the initial performance of the radiator system. Early in the conceptual stage, a $400,000 chiller system was proposed.  The chiller system was expensive from both initial cost and operating cost points of view.  The fan cooled radiator solution from ACT was chosen over the chiller system as the solution with the highest value, value being defined as function / cost.  A cost avoidance of nearly $400K was realized. Thomas Oei, Sr. Project Manager for CertainTeed commented on the project:

“An effective, innovative and complete solution for our cooling need was provided by ACT.  Their continual support from project conception to commissioning resulted in exceeding our expectations as well as the original equipment specifications.”

The project was completed one week ahead of schedule and 15% under budget.  It was in full compliance with CertainTeed’s World Class Manufacturing (WCM) practices, in large part because of the complete documentation and vendor information provided.  CertainTeed also achieved “vertical startup”, which is one of the aims of WCM.  Vertical startup means the switch is turned on and it works, and continues to work. Thomas Oei continued

“In the opinion of CertainTeed, ACT was able to work well with our local contractors and plant staff to ensure the successful equipment integration into the plant automation systems.”

The additional process control achieved through the implementation of the supplemental fan cooled radiator will result in less downtime, improved quality, and will allow CertainTeed to do innovative new product development that may require cooler process water temperatures.

 

ACT Delivers Cost Effective Air-to-Air Heat Pipe Heat Exchanger (AA-HPHX) Air Handling System for International Hotel

Air-to-Air Heat Pipe Heat Exchanger is 8.5 high with ten individual heat pipe rows and 540 individual heat pipes. The unit is pictured on its side but will be installed vertically when in operation.

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – June 25, 2013 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced a well-established Asian air handling company choose ACT to provide a cost saving energy recovery solution to a KAL resort hotel. An air to air heat pipe heat exchanger (AA-HPHX) was designed and built to pre-cool the incoming ventilation air with conditioned exhaust air.  Up to 10,000 cfm of incoming outside air at 95°F was pre-cooled to 67.6⁰F prior to being processed by the active air conditioning system. The targeted temperature effectiveness was 80%.  In other words, the AA-HPHX was designed to transfer 80% of the temperature difference between the incoming air and the exhaust air streams.The overall size of the AA-HPHX was approximately 6ft. wide x 8.5ft tall. ACT’s AA-HPHX is installed vertically with the warm incoming airstream ducted through the lower section and the cooler exhaust airstream ducted through the upper section. The two airstreams are completely isolated, by a sealed partition, with no potential for cross contamination.

Energy Recovery: Based on the 80% sensible effectiveness, the incoming warm airstream can be pre-cooled from 95°F to 67.6°F. This reduction in entering air temperature generates a saving of over 295KBtu/hr at the system design point of 95° F.  See the specific calculations below:

Effectiveness = 0.80 = 10,000 cfm * (95°F – X°F)/10,000 cfm * (95°F-60.8°F) X = 27.4° F (warm stream ∆T) 95° – 27.4° = 67.6 °F Sensible Air Cooling (Btu/hr) = 1.08*Flowrate (cfm)*∆T(°F) 1.08*10,000 cfm*27.4°F = 295,920 Btu/hr

Savings Potential:

Let’s convert the 295,920 Btu/hr energy savings to dollars. The hotel is located in a major metropolitan area, with an estimated cost of electricity at $0.15/kWh.  At the design point, energy recovery savings are approximately $104.40/day.    A 24 hour/day system operation daily savings calculation is shown below.

295,920 Btu/hr = Energy Savings 295,920 Btu/hr *.2931 W/Btu/hr / 3 (COP of active cooling system) ≈ 29 kW x 24hours/day *$0.15/kWh = $104.40/day

The estimated payback period for the AA-HPHX heat pipe heat exchanger, depending on probable hours of operation, is under one (1) year.

Meeting the Design Specification:

ACT performed a prototype study to meet the design requirement of 80% temperature effectiveness. The physical dimensions of the heat exchanger, airflow rates, entering and exiting temperatures, and the maximum allowable pressure drop were provided by the customer.  Parametric studies were run to determine the effectiveness as a function of number of rows, fins per inch, and fin type.  Based on the analysis, a final design was selected that best met the customer requirements.

Additionally, a full scale demonstration heat pipe was built and tested to determine the optimum fluid charge for the heat pipe heat exchanger.  The power transfer capacity and the associated heat pipe ∆T are a strong function of the fluid charge in long, vertically oriented heat pipes. The test pipe was charged with various amounts of R-134a refrigerant and the optimum charge was determined to achieve the highest level of energy transfer at the lowest ΔT.

The final design was an AA-HPHX the contained 540 individual heat pipes, ten (10) rows deep, with aluminum corrugated fins spaced at 14 fins per inch.  The pressure drop of the air through the heat pipe heat exchanger was approximately 1.0 inch of water. The ACT AA-HPHX was delivered in early August. Additional units are specified and planned for the KAL Resort.

Advanced Cooling Technologies Announces Recent R&D Contract Wins

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, May Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) continued to expand its contract R&D activities in the past year.  During that period, the company was awarded more than 20 new government related and commercially funded R&D contract  to develop novel thermal management technologies.  Several notable examples include:

  • Advanced vapor compression systems for cooling of high temperature equipment on aircraft,
  • Heat exchangers with thermal energy storage features,
  • High-heat-flux two-phase mini/microchannel cooling,
  • Cold plate and heat exchanger design,
  • Chip-level cooling,
  • Coatings for improved boiling performance,
  • Nanoscale corrosion resistant coatings for liquid coolant channels,
  • Atomistic-level simulations of high temperature reactive processes,
  • Coupled Electro-thermal device level modeling for next generation SiC and GaN based devices .

In addition, ACT’s R&D programs made significant advances in the past year in the following energy related applications:

  • Waste energy recovery,
  • Thermoelectric power generators,
  • Solar fuels and gasification, and
  • Highly efficient fuel reformers for use with solid oxide fuel cells.

Government funding agencies for these programs included DOD (Army, Navy, NAVAIR, MDA, Naval Research Laboratory, OSD, Air Force, DARPA), DOE, and NASA.

“We continue to expand our core R&D business while maintaining our focus on customer satisfaction,” said Dr. Howard Pearlman, Manager of the Technology Development Group at ACT.   “In the past year, our strong efforts to diversify our technologies have been quite successful.  This will enable us to expand our future product offerings for new markets.”

Many of ACT’s R&D programs are in collaboration with industrial and academic partners. Some of the academic partners in the past year include: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Michigan, North Carolina State University, California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Lehigh University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, Pennsylvania State University, Texas A&M University, University of Texas Dallas, and Villanova University.

 

Heat exchanger business helps drive expansion at Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.

Back in late 2011, Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. launched a line of energy recovery systems, heat-exchange units that make buildings’ HVAC systems more efficient. That initiative is a major reason for the 10,000-square-foot expansion underway at the company’s site in Burle Business Park in Lancaster. About 40 percent of the new space will be devoted to the energy recovery product line.

Read more about the expansion Central Penn Business Journal.

ACT Heat Pipes Reach 1 Million Hours On-Orbit Milestone

Lancaster, Pennsylvania- April 10, 2013, Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) (www.1-ACT.com) announced today that its Constant Conductance Heat Pipes (CCHP’s) have successfully reached over 1 million total hours on-orbit, providing thermal management on-board numerous satellites.  Recent launches onboard Orbital Sciences Corporation-built (NYSE: ORB) Intelsat 23, Star One C3, Mexsat Bicentenario and Azerspace/Africasat-1a have pushed ACT’s flight heritage over this significant milestone.

“This is a significant milestone for our CCHP flight heritage”, says John Hartenstine, Manager of ACT’s Aerospace Products Group.  “We were excited with our first launch placing CCHPs into orbit in November, 2009.  Since that time the Aerospace Products team has supplied over 400 heat pipes to the aerospace community for spacecraft integration, many of which are currently operating on-orbit.”

ACT’s Aerospace Products Group consists of personnel having diverse engineering and technical skills, making the group capable of solving some of the most demanding thermal management problems in spacecraft and aircraft. The group’s customer-focused approach is driving rapid growth and allowing ACT to quickly become a trusted supplier of flight-quality products, advanced research and development, and thermal management consulting services for the aerospace industry.  The group’s satellite thermal control products include:

  • CCHP, VCHP, LHP
    • Build-to-print, or custom designs
    • Embedded and External Mount
    • In-House and Custom Extrusions
    • 2D and 3D Configurations
    • Integration with Radiators
    • Aerospace Qualified Soldered Assemblies
  • Titanium Struts
  • Accumulators

The group also provides complete thermal and mechanical design and analysis services for spacecraft Thermal Control Systems.

ACT’s Technical Services delivering thermal solutions across many industries

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. announced today that their Technical Services Group, which provides thermal management design and analysis solutions, is seeing growth in a variety of industries.  “We’ve seen a real uptick in areas such as medical, lighting, and alternative energy” said Pete Ritt, Vice President, Technical Services.  ACT’s customers are developing more powerful and compact devices where traditional heat sink solutions are no longer viable.  These emerging industry applications seek ACT’s broad based thermal management technology expertise, which includes advanced heat pipes, liquid cooling, pumped two-phase, and thermal storage systems.  Because of ACT’s experience in so many of the different thermal technologies, they can provide an unbiased and accurate assessment of real solutions.  Rich Bonner, Manager of Custom Products, added “Having modeling, manufacturing, and measurement capabilities under one roof provides a great value to our customers.  The integration of these capabilities ensures that our design recommendations are well grounded and within established manufacturing capabilities.”  ACT also has a very robust Research and Development effort.  “Our R&D core ensures we are at the forefront of emerging thermal technologies.  Our customers appreciate that depth of expertise,” concluded Ritt.

If you are facing a thermal challenge and are seeking the right performance and cost effective solutions, call an ACT representative today at.  For more valuable information about our product and service offerings please check out our website: www.1-ACT.com

 

ACT Introduced New Controllable Air-to-Air Heat Pipe Heat Exchanger at Dallas 2013 AHR Expo

February 7th, 2013 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) exhibited its new energy recovery Air-to-Air Controllable Heat Pipe Heat Exchanger (AAHX) at this year’s AHR Expo. The ACT-AAHX recovers the energy from the conditioned exhaust airstream  and transfers the energy to the supply airstream to reduce heating or cooling plant loads.  The captured Btu’s can save thousands of dollars per year in heating and cooling costs. Payback on larger units, 10.000 cfm and up, is typically under eight (8) months. The ACT-AAHX features an integrated pivot that allows the unit to shift from summer favorable tilt to a winter favorable tilt so that energy can be recovered year round.  Depending upon airflow and regional location, ASHRAE 90.1, 2010 highlights applicable system sizes  where the ACT-AAHX product is most beneficial.

For more information about ACT new energy recovery products please visit: https://www.1-act.com/hvac

About ACT:  Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT), is a premier thermal management solutions company. Under our ISO9001 and AS9100 certifications, we design and manufacture products for diverse applications including HVAC systems, satellite thermal control, commercial/military electronics cooling, and energy recovery and temperature calibration. In addition, our responsive, customer-focused team provides innovative engineering and advanced research and development services for clients worldwide.

Commitment to Quality: Our goal is to provide a superior standard of service to our customers through responsiveness, competitive pricing and most importantly, the quality of our products and services. One element demonstrating our commitment to quality was the achievement of ISO 9001:2008 international quality certification, Certificate Number US-3364a, in December 2005 and the receipt of AS 9100 aerospace certification in December 2006.  Please visit us on the web: www.1-ACT.com/HVAC.

 


 

ACT Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – January 23, 2013 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) reaches a milestone today with a celebration of its 10th anniversary.

Ten years ago, ACT was one employee operating out of a home office. Today, the company provides products and services to diverse markets including aerospace, defense, industrial, medical and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC). Examples of these applications include Satellite telecommunication, DNA replication, Medical imaging, Ford class aircraft carriers, and primary temperature calibration. During the past 10 years, ACT has become a supplier of customized products for more than 200 customers in 17 countries.

ACT’s growing reputation as an innovator of advanced thermal technologies and supplier of   highest quality thermal management solutions was recognized in numerous awards, including the 2011 Tibbetts Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the 2011 Outstanding Supplier Award from one of the leading aerospace companies, and the Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies Awards from the Central Penn Business Journal in 5 of the past 10 years.

“The most important growth of ACT, in my mind, has been in the quality and number of our employees”, said Dr. Jon Zuo, President and Chief Technical Officer of ACT. The company currently has thirty-seven engineers and scientists working on advanced Research and Development (R&D) and custom product engineering and manufacturing. Many of them have advanced degrees in diverse engineering fields and are recognized experts in the industries. “In addition to being innovative,” Dr. Zuo continued, “our employees are also exceptionally focused on customer service. This has in turn earned our customers’ trust.”

 

ACT is re-certified for ISO and AS9100 Quality Standards

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – January 7, 2013 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today that it has received full re-certification for ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100C:2009.  These two quality standards cover design and manufacturing of ACT’s products and services for the aviation, space and defense industries along with all other terrestrial markets.  Intertek performed a five and a half day on –site audit in late 2012.

“The five and half day recertification, executed by highly trained and experienced auditors, was thorough and extensive,” stated Doreen Fulmer, ACT’s quality assurance manager.  “I was proud of both how robust ACT’s quality management system (QMS) is and how committed our personnel are to execute both the spirit and the letter of our QMS.”  This is a great accomplishment for ACT and should provide continued assurance to our customers that we are committed to deliver the highest quality thermal products and services, on time, and with unmatched customer responsiveness.

ACT’s 800°C Vapor Chamber Highlights New Opportunities in Manufacturing, Energy Markets

Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) is seeing new emerging applications for their high temperature heat pipe products across multiple industries.  For the past 9 years, ACT has developed a world class reputation supplying high temperature Isothermal Furnace Liners (IFL’s) and Blackbody Cavity Heat Pipes to industry leading international institutions in the temperature calibration industry.  These products provide ultra-high temperature uniformity (<0.1°C) in the 400°C to 1,100°C temperature range.  The high temperature heat pipe product line has been adapted to meet the performance demands of other emerging industries with a variety of different form, fit, and function requirements.

“The use of thin, flat vapor chamber form factors to isothermalize carriers used in many manufacturing processes highlights the versatility of our high temperature heat pipe products,” said Mr. Richard Bonner, Manager of Custom Products at ACT.  The increased temperature uniformity allows manufacturing engineers to produce advanced materials with stringent thermal process requirements, while increasing yield due to the improved temperature control.  The vapor chambers act as heat regulating shields, blanketing the carried products from any temperature non-uniformities as they travel through various zone furnaces.

“These high performance high temperature products are providing growth opportunities in the  renewable energy and heat engine markets “, noted Mr. Peter Ritt, Vice President of Technical Services at ACT.  Alkali metal heat pipes (those using Sodium, Potassium, Cesium, or Lithium as the working fluid) can transfer kW’s of heat at small temperature gradients.  These thermal properties are particularly useful for solar receivers and other applications where transferring large amounts to a heat engine, such as a Stirling engine, can increase the efficiency of the system.  Heat pipes also deliver the heat to the heat engines uniformly, which reduces system level issues.  “Thermoelectric generators in particular see increased efficiency, increased reliability, and higher power density when integrated with heat pipes,” added Mr. Bonner.

ACT’s high temperature heat pipes are one of the product lines designed and manufactured within its Custom Products business unit.  This business unit’s goal is to help customers solve thermal challenges by developing new products and applying existing technology to new applications.  We proudly provide prototyping and low volume manufacturing services.  ACT’s Technical Services business group can also help with early stage feasibility assessments, design, and analysis to help develop a thermal solution that fits your needs.

If you have a need for high temperature heat transfer, or would like to learn more, call an ACT representative today.  For more valuable information about our high temperature heat pipe products and the markets we serve, please check out our website: www.1-ACT.com

ACT’s Thermal Control Products Onboard Hylas-2 Satellite

ACT’s Thermal Control Products Onboard Hylas-2 Satellite

Lancaster, Pennsylvania- Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) (www.1-ACT.com) announced today that its Constant Conductance Heat Pipes (CCHP’s) have been successfully providing thermal management onboard the Orbital Sciences Corporation-built (NYSE: ORB) Hylas-2 commercial communications satellite that was launched on August 2, 2012 aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana.  Orbital, which designed, manufactured and tested the spacecraft for UK-based Avanti Communications Group PLC, confirmed that the CCHP’s are operating as designed.

“We are pleased that our thermal management is helping Orbital and Avanti proceed with a highly successful mission,” says John Hartenstine, Manager of ACT’s Aerospace Products Group.

ACT’s CCHP products are currently operating onboard a multitude of satellites and have accumulated more than 590,000 combined hours of on-orbit operation time.

ACT’s Aerospace Products Group consists of personnel having diverse engineering and technical skills, making the group capable of solving some of the most demanding thermal management problems in spacecraft and aircraft. The group’s customer-focused approach is driving rapid growth and allowing ACT to quickly become a trusted supplier of flight-quality products, advanced research and development, and thermal management consulting services for the aerospace industry. The group has accumulated a significant on-orbit flight heritage with our heat pipe products.  The group’s satellite thermal control products include:

  • CCHP, VCHP, LHP
  • Build-to-print, or custom designs
  • Embedded and External Mount
  • In-House and Custom Extrusions
  • 2D and 3D Configurations
  • Integration with Radiators
  • Aerospace Qualified Soldered Assemblies
  • Titanium Struts
  • Accumulators

ACT Recognized Among Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies for the Fifth Time

ACT Recognized Among Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies for the Fifth Time

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – September 10, 2012 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) was recognized by the Central Penn Business Journal as one of the Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies in Central Pennsylvania for 2012. This is the fifth time ACT received this honor in the past six years.

“We’re very pleased to be recognized for our company’s continuing growth”, said Dr. Jon Zuo, President and Chief Technical Officer of ACT, while attending the award ceremony along with a number of ACT employee representatives. “Sitting with me here today are some of the winners of our various innovation programs over the past year,” he continued, “this award reflects our people’s ability to develop and apply innovative technologies and products in different markets and applications.”

From the company’s inception in 2003, ACT has actively expanded its technologies and products in new markets and applications. Its products are currently used in diverse systems including satellites for telecommunications, weather monitoring and reconnaissance, electronic equipment for military and commercial aircraft, ground vehicles and sea vessels, and temperature measurement and control equipment for high end temperature calibration and material processing industries. The company’s research and development operation further diversifies its capabilities to new technologies such as pumped two-phase and vapor compression systems, advanced combustion and thermochemical reactions, atomic layer deposition coatings for enhanced heat transfer and corrosion resistance, and molecular dynamics simulation and Microscale modeling.

ACT Expands Performance of VME/VPX Cards with High Conductivity Spreaders

August 22, 2012 – ACT Expands Performance of VME/VPX Cards with High Conductivity Spreaders

Advanced Cooling Technologies Inc. (ACT) announces key developments in their embedded computing cooling products. For the past several years, ACT has been providing mission critical thermal solutions for VME, VPX, ATR and other embedded computing cards and chassis’ used in military and industrial environments. Recent trends have shown an increased need for heat spreading due to higher per card power requirements. With this in mind, ACT has developed thinner and more capable heat spreaders.

ACT’s embedded heat pipe spreaders also termed HiK Plates, conform to all critical VITA standards for embedded computing cards and have thermal conductivity greatly exceeding aluminum or copper. ACT’s HiK conduction cards for VME and VPX applications have demonstrated effective thermal conductivities between 500 W/m-K and 1,000 W/m-K depending on the configuration. ACT’s ultra-thin HiK heat spreaders can be manufactured as thin as 1.8mm diameter creating a viable thermal solution for weight and space limited applications.

Heat pipes utilize liquid to vapor phase change to achieve very efficient heat transport. They can be bent and flattened into thin plates, allowing heat to be moved directly from the source components to the heat sink. Working closely with our customers’ engineers, we design optimum thermal solutions resulting in light weight, cost effective products with little or no impact on existing geometries.

In most embedded computing applications, a few high power components such as CPU(s), FPGA(s) and RF amplifiers create the majority of the thermal load on densely populated boards. Thermal limitations can negatively impact the performance of these critical card/rack components.

ACT’s HiK spreaders increase the allowable power of key components by efficiently transferring heat from the components to the edge of the card. In addition, heat pipes spread heat uniformly along the card edge, creating better heat transfer through the wedge lock and into the chassis. This dual benefit of efficiently pulling heat away from high flux devices and isothermalizing the edge of the card significantly reduces junction temperatures and minimizes the impact of the thermal choke point typically associated with wedge lock connections.

 

ACT’s New Cold Plate Designs Receive Strong Industry Support at the Navy Opportunity Forum

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – June 25, 2012 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.(ACT) announced today that it received excellent industrial response to its latest cold plate technology developments at the Navy Opportunity Forum held earlier this month in Washington D.C.  According to L-3 Power Paragon, a large defense contractor who independently evaluated the performance of ACT’s cold plates, “ACT has developed a series of new cold plates that met some of our most stringent thermal requirements.”  The statement continued:” We encourage those who have applications that demand high performance cold plates to seriously consider ACT for design and manufacture.” ACT’s new cold plate design features custom inlet and exit manifolds to get optimum fluid coverage throughout the plate. This design provided over 20% reduction in peak temperature with a 70% reduction in pressure drop, compared to other commercially-available products of similar form factors.

“We were pleased and encouraged by the positive response we received at the forum”, according to Dr. Howard Pearlman, Manager of ACT’s Technology Development Group which carried out this development effort.  “While Cold Plate Technology may be considered to be a well-established, mature technology, some of our innovative designs have shown improved thermal performance with minimal pressure penalty; this has attracted a number of interested parties.”

ACT currently manufactures custom Cold Plates for several industrial customers. This development work is part of ACT’s continuous efforts in improving the technical performance and manufacturability of this product. Other ongoing work at ACT includes incorporation of advanced materials to achieve extremely lightweight cold plates and optimization of coolant flow channel designs for minimal pressure drop. These efforts will provide our customers with the best performing and most cost effective cold plate products.

ACT Certified to New AS9100:2009 Quality Standard; Achieves a perfect score in audits for the fifth year in a row

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – April 16, 2012 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today that it has received certification for achieving the new and more rigorous requirements of the AS9100:2009 standard. Intertek performed the audit in December 2011. ACT was also re-certified to ISO9001:2008 during that same audit. The two quality standards cover ACT’s products and services for the aerospace and terrestrial markets. As in the previous four years, ACT has received perfect scores during these audits.

“Achieving compliance to the new AS9100:2009 standard is an important milestone for ACT”, stated Doreen Fulmer, ACT’s Quality Assurance Manager. “It demonstrates ACT’s commitment to providing quality products and services to our customers. Achieving it with a perfect score re-affirms that quality is a core value for ACT management and our employees.”

ACT is Presenting Results on Low CTE, High Heat Flux Vapor Chamber Design at GOMACTech 2012

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – March 21, 2012. Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) (www.1-ACT.com) announced today that they will be presenting results on their latest Thermal Ground Plane/Vapor Chamber Designs at the GOvernment Microelectronic And Critical TECHnology Conference (GOMACTech 2012) in Las Vegas, NV. GOMACTech focuses on advances in systems being developed by the Department of Defense and other government agencies. At the conference ACT, in conjunction with its partners, UCLA and the University of Michigan, will present results of a Thermal Ground Plane/Vapor Chamber design that can more efficiently transport and spread high density heat. This advancement has direct application for high power, high heat flux electronic and optoelectronic devices. The new vapor chamber design has two important, distinguishing features: 1) A novel converging wick structure that addresses the conflicting needs of low evaporator thermal resistances at high power levels and high heat fluxes and 2) CTE (coefficient of thermal expansion) matched surfaces for direct attachment to silicon, gallium arsenide and gallium nitride microelectronic chips. CTE matching eliminates the need for a thermally inefficient grease or pad layer between the vapor chamber and the electronic device. Results demonstrated with this design include:

  • High Power: >2000W heat input over 4 cm2
  • High Heat Fluxes: >700 W/cm2 with 1 cm2 heat input.
  • Low Evaporator Resistance: 0.05 to 0.1 ⁰C/W/cm2

In addition the Aluminum Nitride/Direct Bond Copper envelope material has a CTE of approximately 5.5 ppm/⁰C and can be etched for electrical circuitry, with Gold/Tin deposited for direct solder attachment.

Mr. Peter Dussinger, Vice President, of Custom Products, will be presenting the paper. “We are very pleased with the results of the program and believe we have expanded the performance capabilities of vapor chambers. The combination of our converging wick structure and direct die attachment capability to the vapor chamber will now enable high power devices (e.g. high power amplifiers, IGBT’s and SCRs) to have a reliable, passive thermal management solution.” In this DARPA sponsored program, the technology demonstration was vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL). There are many other potential applications. ACT is actively marketing the technology and has seen strong commercial interest from LED and other laser producers. The Vapor Chamber can be customized to various solutions and has been demonstrated in sizes up to 10 cm x 10 cm.

 

ACT Continues to Expand R&D Activities

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – January 9, 2012. Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) continues to rapidly expand its contract R&D activities for 2012. In 2011, the company was awarded a total of 24 new government-related R&D contracts. These new R&D programs are aimed at development of thermal management and advanced cooling systems for both aerospace and terrestrial applications. Funding agencies include DOD, DOE, NASA, and NSF.

“The continuing growth of our contract R&D business is an indication of our strength in innovation and focus on customer satisfaction,” said Dr. Howard Pearlman, Manager of the Technology Development Group, one of the several R&D units at ACT, “Many of these new R&D programs will enable ACT to further expand our product line and develop new applications and markets.”

The following examples illustrate the diversity of the R&D activities at ACT: (1) High temperature thermal control systems for interplanetary probes; (2) Advanced cooling solutions for aircraft engine control electronics; (3) High performance heat exchangers for geothermal systems; (4) High conductivity PCB for LED cooling; (5) fuel production using concentrated solar radiation; (6) Advanced coatings for corrosion and erosion resistance; and (7) Atomic level simulation of materials in ultra high temperature and reactive environments.

“We were awarded the prestigious Tibbetts Award by the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2011 for our past successes in job creation through R&D innovation and commercialization,” commented Dr. William Anderson, the Chief Engineer of ACT, “I’m confident that we will continue our success in converting R&D results into commercial products.”

Many of ACT’s R&D programs are in collaboration with industrial and academic partners. Some of the academic partners include: California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Lehigh University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, Oklahoma State University, Pennsylvania State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Texas A&M University, University of California Los Angeles, University of Texas Arlington, and Villanova University.

Advanced Cooling Announcement: Webinar on Medical Device Thermal Management

Lancaster, PA – December 12, 2011.  Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) (www.1-ACT.com) announced today that they will be offering a Webinar entitled “Advanced Thermal Management Technologies for Medical Devices” on January 17, 2012.  The webinar will provide medical device and other product designers with valuable information for addressing heat dissipation issues through use of emerging passive thermal transport technologies.  According to Pete Ritt, Vice President, Technical Services, “Medical devices, like many other electronic products, are becoming both smaller and more powerful.  This trend places increasing importance on a reliable and effective thermal management solution.  In addition to good thermal performance, medical devices also demand quiet operation at operating temperatures that are safe to touch.  Because passive heat transfer technologies such as heat pipes, vapor chambers and phase change materials offer all of these benefits, they are becoming part of the preferred thermal solutions, both within the medical device industry and beyond.”

ACT is a global leader in developing thermal technologies and has a wealth of knowledge and experience implementing passive heat transfer solutions for real world applications.  The webinar will explore these technologies, explaining the principles of operation as well as when and how to incorporate them into a product design.  Although targeted for medical device designers, the information presented in the webinar is applicable to other products that require thermal management.  Please join us for what promises to be an informative session on passive thermal transport technologies.

ACT’s Loop Heat Pipe Achieves Highest Technology Readiness Level with Launch of TacSat-4 Satellite

Lancaster, Pennsylvania- November 7, 2011. Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) (www.1-ACT.com) announced today that it’s Loop Heat Pipe and Constant Conductance Heat Pipe thermal control components have been successfully operating on-orbit aboard the United States Navy’s TacSat-4 communications satellite since October 1, 2011. This is the first satellite carrying ACT’s Loop Heat Pipe product as an integral part of the spacecraft’s thermal control system. The successful launch established the flight heritage of ACT’s Loop Heat Pipe technology and raised the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) for this product to 9, the highest level in the industry’s standard matrix.  TacSat-4 is the fifth satellite launched in this year and seventh overall carrying ACT’s satellite thermal control products.

The thermal control system components manufactured by ACT for the communications payload of the TacSat-4 satellite consist of an aluminum honeycomb payload deck with embedded Constant Conductance Heat Pipes (CCHPs) for waste heat acquisition, multiple CCHPs for radiator panels, and a Loop Heat Pipe as the thermal link between the payload deck CCHPs and the radiator CCHPs.  The Loop Heat Pipe has two parallel condensers and is capable of passively controlling the heat rejection rate in each of the two radiators to accommodate the various orbital orientations of the satellite. The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), responsible for concept development, design, assembly, test and operation of the spacecraft, confirmed that the thermal control system is performing nominally to date.

“The launch of TacSat-4 with our first Loop Heat Pipe is another major milestone for ACT’s aerospace products”, says John Hartenstine, Manager of ACT’s Aerospace Products Group.  “We look forward to continuing to supply our customers with the highest quality CCHPs, Loop Heat Pipes and other aerospace products.” The Office of Naval Research funded the TacSat-4 payload, including its thermal control system.

ACT completed and delivered the TacSat-4 thermal control system to NRL in early 2008. “We have been looking forward to the launch of TacSat-4 and are excited to see it taking off successfully”, says Peter Dussinger, ACT’s TacSat-4 Thermal Control System Program Manager.  “TacSat-4 is part of DOD’s Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) initiative.  Responsiveness to customer and market demands is also a cornerstone of ACT’s culture. We appreciate NRL’s confidence in our capabilities and giving us this opportunity.”

ACT’s Aerospace Products Group consists of members having diverse technical and manufacturing skills and is capable of solving the most demanding thermal management problems.  The team’s customer focused approach is driving rapid growth and allowing ACT to quickly become a trusted supplier of advanced research and development, thermal management consulting services and flight quality products. The group’s products are used in satellites, interplanetary spacecraft, and aircraft.

Advanced Cooling Technologies Receives Outstanding Supplier Award from ITT/Geospatial Systems Group

Advanced Cooling Technologies Receives Outstanding Supplier Award from ITT/Geospatial Systems Group

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – October 25, 2011 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today that it has been recognized by ITT/Geospatial Systems Group for dedication, ingenuity and excellent support to ITT’s weather satellite instrument program for the Advanced Himawari Imager (AHI).

ITT is manufacturing the AHI for Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and their end customer, the Japanese Meteorological Agency. The AHI is based on the ITT Advanced Baseline Imager for the NASA and NOAA Geostationary Operational Satellite-R, or GOES-R. ACT delivered a number of unique Constant Conductance Heat Pipe (CCHP) designs for the instrument thermal management as Flight shipset hardware.

The award was accepted by John Hartenstine, Manager of ACT’s Aerospace Products Group, during a design review meeting in Fort Wayne, Indiana earlier this year.

“We’re grateful for this award from ITT and I’m personally very proud of our Aerospace Products team,” says Hartenstine. “We worked closely with the ITT team in the design and development of the thermal management system, and demonstrated our core values of providing quality products, on-time delivery and unparalleled customer service.”

ITT’s Advanced Himawari Imager represents a significant improvement in performance over the current generation geostationary imagers. Beginning with the first Himawari launch in 2014, the AHI will provide scientists and meteorologists with additional and improved data, faster than ever before.

ACT’s Aerospace Products Group consists of personnel having diverse engineering and technical skills, making the group capable of solving some of the most demanding thermal management problems in spacecraft. The group’s customer-focused approach is driving rapid growth and allowing ACT to quickly become a trusted supplier of flight-quality products, advanced research and development, and thermal management consulting services for the aerospace industry. ACT has accumulated a significant on-orbit flight heritage with the CCHP products and expects additional launches in 2011.

ACT Recognized Among Central Pensylvania’s 2011 Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – September 19, 2011 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) was recognized by the Central Penn Business Journal as one of Central Pennsylvania’s
Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies. ACT received this honor in each of the last three years.

Started as a research and development company in 2003, ACT quickly became known as an innovator in the advanced heat transfer technology field and one of the most successful Small Business Innovation Research companies in Pennsylvania. Building on its substantial technological capabilities, the company in recent years made successful expansions into several new markets including Electronics Cooling and Satellite Thermal Control. Today, ACT is one of the very few companies in the U.S. that routinely deliver heat pipes and related products to space and terrestrial applications.

“Our people are making this happen”, said Dr. Jon Zuo, President and Chief Technical Officer of ACT, when asked about the factors contributing to ACT’s significant growth. “We work very hard at being innovative while also maintaining a disciplined approach toward project management and customer service,” he explained, “which enables us to do new things, be profitable, and keep customers satisfied.”

ACT, along with the other “Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies”, will be profiled in a special supplement to the September 23, 2011, issue of the Central Penn Business Journal.

Earlier in 2011, ACT received the prestigious Tibbetts award from the U.S. Small Business Administration for its outstanding performance in technology innovation and commercialization. The company continues to identify new growth opportunities for its technologies in existing and new markets.

ACT Expands Target Markets to Include Aviation

Lancaster, Pennsylvania –September 6, 2011. Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today that their Aerospace Products Group is expanding its market focus to include thermal management products for Aircraft Avionics.  Since 2006, ACT’s Aerospace Products Group has been focusing on delivering thermal control products for satellite and other spacecraft thermal control.  Having been highly successful, with over 200,000 hours of combined on-orbit heritage, the Aerospace Products Group is now leveraging their unique skills to provide thermal solutions that meet and exceed the challenging requirements for Aircraft Avionics.

“ACT continues to expand its product offerings in thermally challenged applications and markets,” says John Hartenstine, Manager of the Aerospace Products Group. “Thermal management of avionics is a significant limiting factor in military and commercial aircraft”, continues Hartenstine, “conventional thermal solutions can no longer keep pace with the ever increasing system demands and environmental operating conditions. ACT is meeting the challenge utilizing our vast experience in the design and development of advanced thermal systems. In addition, ACT’s AS9100B certified quality management system assures our thermal control products for aircraft aviation are manufactured to the highest industry standards.”

ACT works closely with its customers to identify thermal issues, and design and develop optimum cooling solutions within their schedule and price targets. Its areas of expertise include heat pipes and related technologies, pumped single and two-phase systems, vapor compression and thermoelectric cooling systems, and thermal storage.   ACT uses the most up-to-date tools to offer a complete range of services, such as feasibility studies, trade studies, design and analysis, product design, prototype manufacture and test, and full-scale, moderate volume production. If you have a need for thermal management, or would like to learn more, call an ACT representative today.

ACT Expanding High Temperature Heat Pipe Offerings

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – August 1, 2011.  Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc (ACT) announced today that they are expanding their high temperature heat pipe products and service offerings.  For the past eight years ACT has had a successful product line of Isothermal Furnace Liners (IFLs).  These devices are used for precision materials processing and contact and non-contact temperature calibration in the temperature range of up to 1,100⁰C.  ACT is now offering high temperature heat pipes for other applications.

Typically, high temperature heat pipes are used in the temperature range of 400⁰C to 1,100⁰C.  Heat transfer rates of up to hundreds of kilowatts are achievable with these heat pipes.  “We have design and manufacturing experiences with numerous high temperature heat pipes of diverse form factors and utilizing a variety of working fluids, envelope materials, and wick structures”, noted Mr. Pete Dussinger, Vice President of Custom Products at ACT.  Typical options include Cesium, Potassium, Sodium and Lithium for working fluids, Stainless Steels, Inconels, Haynes Alloys and Refractory metals as envelope materials, and Screen Mesh and Sintered Powders as wick structures.  “We see a market need for these products across many established and emerging industries”, Dussinger continued.  High temperature heat pipes have been proven beneficial in applications including materials processing, temperature calibration, heat engine receivers, heat exchangers, heat recovery devices, hypersonic wing leading edges, thermoelectric generators, solar thermal, bio-mass reactors, nuclear power, and others.  ACT is one of the very few companies that commercially manufacture heat pipes across the temperature spectrum, from cryogenic fluids to liquid metals.  “With our strong heat pipe heritage and substantial high temperature heat pipe experience, ACT is uniquely qualified to satisfy the needs of these markets” Dussinger concluded.

ACT’s high temperature heat pipes are one of the product lines designed and manufactured within its Custom Products business unit.  This business unit’s goal is to help customers solve thermal challenges by developing new products and applying existing technology to new applications.  Feasibility assessments, prototyping, low volume custom manufacturing and testing are some of the products and services available.

If you have a need for high temperature heat transfer, or would like to learn more, call an ACT representative today.

 

ACT Launches Heat Pipe Calculator and Design Guide Webpages

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – June 14, 2011. Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT), a leader in thermal solutions for commercial, military and aerospace markets, announced today that they have added two new webpages to assist engineers in utilizing copper-water heat pipes.

The first page, ACT’s Heat Pipe Calculator, provides design engineers with a resource to quickly and easily determine the amount of power a particular heat pipe can transfer. The calculator uses standard wick structures and envelope thicknesses and outputs performance curves for copper-water heat pipes of different diameters. For more complex and challenging designs, contact an ACT representative directly. But for first cut thermal design, ACT’s Heat Pipe Calculator will give quick feedback on the amount and size of heat pipes needed in your design.

The second page is ACT’s Heat Pipe Design Guide. One of the advantages of heat pipes is their design flexibility. This webpage explains several methods used to integrate heat pipes into assemblies. It discusses bending and flattening of heat pipes as well as attachment techniques and testing recommendations. Once again these values are guides to heat pipe design, the best resource is to contact a member of the ACT team for a workable heat pipe solution.

Copper-Water heat pipes are typically used in electronics cooling or other systems to isothermalize a surface or to transfer heat to an external heat sink. Heat pipes are often coupled with other components to form heat transfer assemblies. ACT regularly embeds heat pipes in aluminum plates to improve the bulk conductivity of aluminum (See HiK Plate). Please contact a member of the ACT team when considering using heat pipes. We can provide even more information on design optimization, integration, and manufacturing.

ACT Sponsoring ‘Practical Heat Pipe Applications’ Webinar on June 28

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – June 1, 2011. Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT), a leader in developing thermal technology solutions for commercial, military and aerospace markets, announced today that they will be sponsoring a free webinar:

Practical Thermal Management Solutions:
Heat Pipes: Design Fundamentals & Product Applications.

June 28 at 2pm

Hosted by NASA Tech Briefs.

“Heat Pipes provide passive, reliable heat transfer and heat spreading for many applications.  With the trend of smaller device footprint and increasing power density, we see the need for them increasing”, according to Scott Garner, Vice President of ACT’s Electronic Products Group.  The goal of the 30 minute webinar is to provide design engineers with straight forward, practical information about heat pipes.  The webinar will cover both real examples of heat pipe solutions and design guidelines for when to consider using them.

“Over the course of many years we have developed a wealth of experience about when and how to use heat pipes.  We think this information could be of value to product design engineers faced with thermal issues”, Garner concluded.

 

ACT Announces Delivery of Flight Hardware for NASA Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Satellite

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – Monday, March 28, 2011 Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) (www.1-ACT.com) announced today that it has successfully delivered Constant Conductance Heat Pipes (CCHP’s) and a CCHP embedded radiator panel for thermal management on NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite.  The externally mounted CCHP’s and radiator panel, procured through Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (SGT), will provide thermal management for the Avionics, Battery, and Star Tracker instruments onboard the satellite.  Hardware integration is currently underway at the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.  The satellite is scheduled for launch in July 2013.

“ACT is pleased to be working with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on this important science mission satellite,” says John R. Hartenstine, Manager of Aerospace Products at ACT. “We worked closely with the NASA engineers to develop the thermal management system components while meeting the stringent NASA quality standards and schedule.”

ACT’s Aerospace Products Group consists of personnel having diverse engineering and technology skills, making the group capable of solving some of the most demanding thermal management problems in spacecraft.  The group’s customer focused approach is driving rapid growth and allowing ACT to quickly become a trusted supplier of flight quality products, advanced research and development, and thermal management consulting services.

ACT Receives National Award for Innovation and Economic Growth

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – February 28, 2011. Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT), a premier thermal solutions provider, today announced that it has received a Tibbetts award from the Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA presents the awards nationally to small companies and individuals that have advanced technical innovation and economic growth through its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

ACT’s Tibbetts Award recognizes the company’s work in meeting the U.S. government’s needs for advanced thermal management systems and commercializing the technologies in diverse applications. ACT was specifically noted for its development of Constant Conductance Heat Pipe products and technology. The now multi-million dollar business initiated from a 2005 SBIR grant to investigate heat pipe heat exchangers for manned spacecraft. ACT has successfully marketed this technology in the aerospace/satellite industry and is now an industry-wide recognized supplier of these critical thermal control components.

Named after Roland Tibbetts, who was instrumental in developing the SBIR program, the Tibbetts award is presented annually to awardees based on economic impact of their technological innovation, benefit to federal R&D needs, increased commercialization of federal needs and diverse participation. Due to budget constraints, the award had not been issued in three years. Of the thousands of firms participating in the SBIR program, only 44 companies were recognized with this award.

Dr. Jon Zuo, Founder and President of ACT, and Dr. William Anderson, Chief Engineer, accepted the award at a ceremony in Washington, DC on February 15, 2011. Administration officials including Karen Mills, SBA Administrator, and Aneesh Chopra, Chief Technology Officer of the United States, addressed the award ceremony. A private reception was later held at the White House.

“This is a proud day not only for Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc., but also for the City of Lancaster,” said Sean Greene, SBA’s Associate Administrator for Investment and Senior Adviser for Innovation. “Companies like ACT represent the best in American ingenuity.”

“We are grateful for the opportunities provided to by the SBIR program to develop technologies that benefit our sponsor, our community and our customers”, according to Dr. Zuo.  “I am proud of our employees who have worked so diligently to define and develop thermal technologies and markets that need them. We continue to be actively engaged in the SBIR process and look forward to creating more opportunities that benefit all parties.”

 

ACT Re-certified to ISO and AS9100 Quality Standards with a perfect score for the fourth year in a row

Lancaster, Pennsylvania  – January 3, 2011 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today that it has received ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100 B recertification with a 100 out of 100 score.  This marks the fourth consecutive year that ACT has received perfect scores during their audits.  The two quality standards cover ACT’s products and services for its aerospace and terrestrial markets. This recertification was performed by Intertek in December at ACT’s Lancaster, PA facility.

“The recertifications with perfect scores again demonstrate the company wide commitment to quality”, stated Doreen Fulmer, ACT’s Quality Assurance Manager.  “With such a high focus on quality, current and new customers can be confident they will receive superior product quality and customer service with ACT.”

 

 

ACT Expands Product Line to Include Enhanced Heat Sinks for Power Electronics Cooling

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – November 29, 2010. Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announces that it has created a new product line for power electronics cooling. Over the past year ACT has worked with several tier 1 military suppliers to develop heat pipe assisted heat sinks for power electronics cooling applications.   This work has led to ACT integrating its HiK Plate products to enhance the thermal performance of forced and natural convection heat sinks for the power electronics market.  “This is a natural extension of our HiK plate product line which was originally developed for military electronics cooling, particularly heat spreading in standard ruggedized packaging,” said Scott Garner, Vice President of ACT’s Electronics Products Group.
Power electronic devices dissipate large amounts of heat relative to their package footprint, which requires a heat sink significantly larger than the device. This results in large conduction-induced temperature gradients within the heat sink, which greatly decreases the overall heat sink efficiency. ACT’s HiK plates isothermalize the heat sink base and therefore minimize the conduction gradients. The embedded heat pipes are typically integrated directly into the heat sink base plate, significantly improving the heat sink’s thermal performance without impacting its weight or volume. Additional details and product information can be found at: https://www.1-act.com/products/commercial-military/power-electronics.php. Typical applications for these types of heat sinks include:

  • Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBTs)
  • Thyristers – Intelligent Power Modules (IPMs)
  • Symmetric Gate Commutated Turn-Off Thyristor (SGCT)
  • Silicon Controlled Rectifiers (SCRs)

 

ACT Announces New R&D Contract Awards and Expands Technical Diversity

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – Oct 25, 2010.  Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has announced 19 new government R&D awards.  These include R&D contracts for core thermal management/electronics cooling research as well as the development of new thermal technologies.  Awarding agencies include NASA, DOE, DoD (DARPA, MDA, NAVY), and NSF.

According to Dr. Howard Pearlman, Manager of the Technology Development Group “It’s an exciting time for ACT.  I am delighted that our sponsors remain strongly committed to our R&D programs.  We will continue to provide efficient and creative solutions for a wide range of thermal management and electronics cooling applications and have been aggressively expanding our core technical strengths.  Sponsoring agencies now look to us for innovative approaches in both thermal and other emerging technologies.”

Awarded R&D projects in thermal management and electronics cooling include: (1) spacecraft thermal management, (2) advanced microchannel heat sinks for high heat flux electronics cooling, (3) high performance Active Cooling Modules (ACM’s), and (4) high power laser cooling.

New areas of research include experimental and computational studies for:

(1) “Engineered” surface coatings for effective fluid transport along surfaces,
(2) High -temperature reactor development for efficient conversion of carbon dioxide into useful fuels,
(3) The development, characterization, and application of nanofluids to improve the thermal performance of traditional cooling systems,
(4)  State-of-the-art reactive molecular dynamic simulations to better understand the complex chemistry associated with polymer oxidation.

Some of these new R&D programs will be performed in collaboration with corporate and academic partners that include: Pennsylvania State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Lehigh University, Villanova University, University of Texas Arlington and North Carolina State University.

Dr. Pearlman concluded by stating “We look forward to successfully completing these programs as well as the opportunity to further expand our technical horizons.”

ACT is Again among Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – September 20, 2010 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) was honored as one of the Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies in Central Pennsylvania in 2010, in an awards ceremony by the Central Penn Business Journal on September 16, 2010. This is the third time ACT received this honor.

Founded in 2003, ACT has grown into a premier thermal management solutions company, delivering products and technologies to diverse markets and applications. Three recent examples illustrate the breadth of the company’s products: a commercial telecommunications satellite with ACT’s constant conductance heat pipe products was launched into orbit in April 2010; ACT started production deliveries in June 2010 of its heat pipe based HiK plates for the Dual Band Radar system for the Navy’s next generation, multi-mission destroyers; and ACT continues to deliver ultra high precision temperature calibration products to customers around the world.

“Our growth is in large part due to the efforts of our motivated employees.” said Diane Baldassarre who is the Manager of Administration at ACT and attended the awards ceremony representing ACT, “We’ll work hard to continue the growth by upholding our three core values: Innovation, Team Work, and Customer Focus.”

ACT Manufactures Ultra High Temperature Heat Pipes for Thermometry Calibration at the Copper Melting Point

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – August 23, 2010 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has been manufacturing and supplying ultra high temperature heat pipes for precision contact thermometry calibration at the melting point of copper (˜ 1083 °C).

In the past, contact thermometry calibration work typically stopped short of the copper point. The highest practical temperature point had been the silver point (˜ 962 °C). Some of the issues with working between the silver and copper points were materials related. For example, high temperature standard platinum resistance thermometers (HTSPRTs) have shown stability and repeatability issues at copper point temperatures. Over the past few years, significant progress has been made toward improving HTSPRTs’ stability and repeatability at the higher temperatures. Another limitation had been the life expectancy of the Inconel/Sodium heat pipes that are often used to provide the high precision, isothermal environment for freeze point cells and blackbody cavities. Typical life expectancies of an Inconel/Sodium heat pipe at the copper point temperature are on the order of 1,000 hours.

The heat pipe life expectancy is limited by the creep strength of the Inconel envelope material. As the heat pipe operating temperature increases from 1,000°C to 1,100°C, the strength of the envelope decreases. Simultaneously, the internal vapor pressure of the sodium is rapidly increasing above 1,000°C. This results in physical deformation of the heat pipe, potentially trapping and damaging the freeze point cell, and can ultimately result in envelope failure.

ACT developed the Ultra High Temperature (UHT) heat pipe in 2004 in response to customer feedback requesting longer life expectancy up to 1,100°C so that work at the copper point could be performed safely and efficiently. ACT shipped the first UHT heat pipe in 2005 and has provided several early adopters with units over the past few years. To date, there have been no failures reported or unfavorable feedbacks from the field.

ACT’s UHT heat pipes use Haynes 230® as the envelope material. Haynes 230® is a high temperature, high strength material that was developed for extreme applications like high temperature furnace muffles, heat treat fixtures, and jet engine components.

ACT manufactures heat pipes for many of the equipment manufacturers that supply primary calibration laboratories around the world. ACT also designs, develops and manufactures turnkey systems for researchers that have unique requirements and one-of-a-kind applications that cannot be met by off-the-shelf equipment. Please contact ACT if you are working in the copper point temperature range and are interested in ACT’s UHT heat pipes.

 

ACT Launches Technical Services Business Group

ACT Launches Technical Services Business Group

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – July 28, 2010 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced the launch of a new Technical Services business group.  The Technical Services Group offers a complete range of thermal engineering services to a wide variety of private and government organizations. These services range from initial concept generation to product design to delivery of a complete procurement package for a qualified thermal solution, and everything in-between.

“Technical Services is a natural extension to our existing Product and R&D businesses”, said Dr. Jon Zuo, President and Chief Technical Officer of ACT, “Our new Technical Services Group will assist our customers early in their product development process to address thermal issues in the most effective, economical and timely manner.”

The Technical Services Group is led by Mr. Peter Ritt who recently joined ACT as the Vice President of Technical Services. Mr. Ritt is a former RCA/Thomson executive and holder of 20 U.S. patents on display technologies. Among his management roles, Ritt served as the Thomson/Lancaster R&D Center’s business manager. “We have developed some exciting new service offerings”, said Mr. Ritt, “Also importantly, we have assembled an experienced team of experts to work with our customers to resolve their thermal challenges.”

With more than 25 engineers (many of whom possess advanced engineering degrees), ACT has not only a strong heat pipe heritage, but also a diverse thermal technology portfolio. Ongoing technology development initiatives include: pumped two phase loops, thermal storage, advanced vapor compression systems, catalytic reaction and nanotechnology.  Discussing the technical services scope, Mr. Ritt stated “We have added some new service offerings such as trade studies, advanced thermal simulations, and fixed price high level assessments into our more traditional services such as design, analysis and product testing. We feel our cost competitive and customizable service offerings will be favorably received in the market.” The Technical Services Group has recently scored project wins in the medical, power generation, defense and aerospace industries and is rapidly expanding into other sectors. Mr. Ritt concluded “the fact that these services are being provided by our experienced, well-recognized technical staff represents a very exciting opportunity for us and our customers”.

 

ACT Names Peter Ritt and William Anderson to Senior Management positions

ACT Names Peter Ritt and William Anderson to Senior Management positions

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – July 19, 2010 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced two organizational changes today:  Peter Ritt has joined ACT as Vice President of Technical Services, and Dr. William Anderson, P.E., has been promoted to Chief Engineer.  Both positions were added to support ACT’s current and projected growth in thermal management businesses.  The Vice President of Technical Services role was created to better address the needs of the lucrative but fragmented Thermal Technical Services market.  “Technical Services is a natural extension to our existing Product and R&D businesses.” said Jon Zuo, President and Chief Technical Officer of ACT, “Pete brings a tremendous amount of business and technical development experience that will be a great benefit to ACT’s continued growth.  By combining Pete’s leadership with our experienced and diverse technical staff, we are now well positioned to serve this market.”

Dr. Anderson was promoted to the Chief Engineer position to better utilize his significant and wide ranging technical and industry experience.  “In addition to providing company-wide technical leadership, Bill will play a major role in large value strategic initiatives in the company as well as provide support for the new Technical Services business.” according to Zuo.  In this position, Anderson will report directly to the president.

Ritt is a former RCA/Thomson executive and holder of 20 U.S. patents on display technologies.  Among his management roles, he served as the Thomson/Lancaster R&D Center’s business manager.  Ritt holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Shippensburg University.

Dr. Anderson is well known and respected in the thermal management industry. With over 35 years of experience in heat transfer technologies, he has worked on applications from cryogenic (liquid hydrogen at -250°C) to extremely high temperature systems (magnetoplasmadynamic thrusters at 2,500°C).  Dr. Anderson has a very successful track record in developing new technical concepts and funded R&D programs.  He has authored 115 publications and has been granted 7 patents, with 4 more pending.  Dr. Anderson has been with ACT since 2003 and was most recently a Principal Engineer in ACT’s Aerospace Products Group.  He holds BS, MS and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Both appointments are effective immediately.

ACT Begins Production Deliveries to Lockheed Martin

Advanced Cooling Technology Begins Production Deliveries to Lockheed Martin

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – June 22nd, 2010 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) begins production deliveries of its “HiK™” plate product to Lockheed Martin for use in their Volume Search Radar (VSR).  Lockheed Martin developed and produces the VSR antenna as a subcontractor to Raytheon, the prime contractor for the Dual Band Radar (DBR) system for the next generation, multi-mission destroyer.

ACT’s HiK™ plate assemblies provide enhanced cooling for key electronic components of the radar system.  The production order is for two ships sets and requires over 2,000 assemblies.  ACT began volume deliveries in April and will complete the initial order over the coming year.

“This is a large design win for ACT.” said Scott Garner, Vice President of Engineered Products at ACT.  “Our investments in additional manufacturing space and heat pipe production capability coupled with ISO 9000 and AS9100 quality certifications were key factors in preparing us for this opportunity.  We are glad to be a qualified vendor to Lockheed Martin and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.”

ACT Announces Additional Products On-Orbit

ACT Announces Additional Products On-Orbit

Lancaster, PA- Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) (www.1-ACT.com) announced today that a second satellite carrying its Constant Conductance Heat Pipes (CCHP’s) has been launched. Orbital Sciences Corporation, who manufactured and tested the spacecraft, confirmed that the CCHP’s are operating as designed. Including this launch, the total combined operational time of ACT CCHPs is over 23,000 hours.

“This clearly demonstrates our ability to routinely manufacture complex satellite thermal control products”, says John Hartenstine, Manager of ACT Aerospace Products Group. “We are pleased with this recent launch which expands our flight heritage and are excited about additional launches in 2010.”

The team members of ACTs Aerospace Group include a diverse skill set, making the group capable of solving the most demanding thermal management problems. The team’s customer focused approach is driving rapid growth and allowing ACT to quickly become a trusted supplier of advanced research and development, thermal management consulting services and flight quality products.

ACT Announces Additional Flight Heritage with Products On-Orbit

Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) (www.1-ACT.com) announced today that its Constant Conductance Heat Pipes (CCHP’s) have been successfully operating in a commercial satellite on-orbit for over 2400 hours combined. The CCHP’s are providing thermal management on-board the satellite which was launched on November 30, 2009. Orbital Sciences Corporation, who manufactured and tested the spacecraft, confirmed that the CCHP’s are operating as designed.

“This is a significant milestone for our Aerospace Products Group,” says Dr. Jon Zuo, President and Chief Technical Officer of ACT. “It demonstrated our ability to design and manufacture thermal control products for mission critical systems”.

ACT decided to enter the Spacecraft Thermal Control product market in 2006, based on its strategy of being a manufacturer of high-technology content thermal management products. Since then, ACT has experienced strong growths in this product area. With this and several planned spacecraft launches in the coming year, ACT continues on its path to becoming a trusted supplier in the Spacecraft Thermal Control Market.

About ACT ACT specializes in advanced thermal technology development and custom thermal product manufacturing. ACT designs and manufactures heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops and thermal storage devices for customers in aerospace, military, commercial, and government R&D sectors.

ACT’s team consists of personnel with established track records in technology development, commercialization and production. Many of them were involved in pioneering work on heat pipes, loop heat pipes and other two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/coinventors on more than sixty U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of more than three hundred fifty scientific publications.

ACT’s Facility measures approximately 29,500 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. It is capable of performing complex design, analysis, manufacture and testing work including CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics), FEA (Finite Element Analysis), 3-D solid modeling, vacuum processing, high temperature materials processing, and high heat flux testing. This facility has produced thermal hardware with the following operating ranges:

  • Temperatures: from -150 to 1,100°C.
  • Pressures: from 10-9 torr to 10,000psi.
  • Heat fluxes: to 1,500W/cm2.
  • Heat load: from less than 1W to 540kW.

ACT is certified to ISO 9001:2008 standards for terrestrial applications and AS9100-B standards for aerospace applications.

ACT’s Technology Diversification Effort Continues Company Success

Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. announced today that it has received contracts or award notifications from various U.S. government agencies for a large number of R&D projects.

All of these R&D contracts or award notifications were received in the past six months. The funding agencies included the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Army, the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). These projects will develop the following technologies:

  • Thermal interface technology
  • Microscale Active Cooling technology
  • Nanofluid heat transfer characterization
  • High speed liquid cold spray technology
  • Computational modeling of composite materials for thermal protection of reentry vehicles
  • Advanced cooling designs for film capacitors
  • Low thermal resistance heat pipe condenser technology
  • Passive control mechanisms for loop heat pipes
  • Variable conductance heat pipe based thermal control systems for Venus Landers

“We’ve made a strategic effort to diversify our technology and R&D capabilities,¨ says Dr. William Anderson, a Lead Engineer at ACT, “We’re very happy to see this effort starting to pay off.”

Mr. Richard Bonner, another Lead Engineer at ACT, adds that “The partnerships which ACT has built with leading universities and corporations will tremendously benefit these and future programs.” ACT is working with Carnegie Mellon University, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and University of California – Los Angeles on the above mentioned programs.

ACT Achieves Perfect Score on ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100B Recertification

Lancaster, PA – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today that it has received ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100 B recertification with a perfect score. This marks the third straight year that ACT has received perfect scores during their audits. The recertification was held over a four day period and conducted at ACT’s facility by Intertek. ACT’s companywide attitude towards excellence provides the impetus behind ACT’s ISO and AS quality achievements results.

ACT’s dedication to quality stems from the management’s determination to offer the highest standard of thermal products and services. “The perfect scores received would not have been possible without the employees’ and management’s commitment to a high quality philosophy,” stated Doreen Fulmer, ACT’s Quality Assurance Manager.

 

ACT announces Licensing Agreement

Lancaster, PA – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announced today an agreement with The Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) for an exclusive license on the Momentum-driven Vortex Phase Separator (MDVPS) Technology developed by the Interphase Transport Phenomena Group of the Space Engineering Research Center (SERC) under the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES).

The addition of MDVPS technology greatly expands ACT’s already impressive portfolio of two-phase technology.

Using the intrinsic momentum of a two-phase flow, the MDVPS produces complete separation of the phases. This allows for direct contact heat and mass transfer, as well as management of system transients through the accumulation of either phase. Designs are robust, compact, and involve no moving parts or seals, thus yielding unparalleled reliability and significantly reduced maintenance requirements. The technology has been demonstrated to perform well in any orientation and under microgravity or accelerations up to twice that of gravity, including inverse loads. This makes the technology suitable for phase separation in both Aerospace and Terrestrial applications.

Advanced application of the MDVPS technology allows ACT to design for higher heat transport with a reduction in overall system size and resistance to acceleration loads. Advanced applications currently under development include, but are not limited to, Geothermal, Air Conditioning, Humidity Control, Purification, Vapor Compression, and Two-phase Thermal Bus Architecture.

“It’s an exciting technology that has the potential for broad market segments”, said Dr. Jon Zuo, President and Chief Technical Officer of ACT. “We’re very pleased to have a partner in Texas A&M in our commercialization effort.”

“The Space Engineering Research Center here at Texas A&M has been pleased to work with ACT for several years. ACT’s cutting edge technologies dovetail nicely with SERC’s research and development activities. Thus, we are very happy to partner with ACT in the commercialization of the MDVPS,” said Dr. Frederick Best, Director of SERC.

ACT Named Among Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – September 21, 2008 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies in Central Pennsylvania for 2009. ACT representatives received this award in a banquet organized by the Central Penn Business Journal on September 17, 2009. This is the second time ACT has received this award.

Also in September 2009, ACT completed its fourth facility expansion since 2003, nearly doubling its office and manufacturing space. The expansion will accommodate the company’s growth in all product and R&D areas.

Since its founding in 2003, ACT has had exceptionally strong growths in sales and earnings. The company has established itself as an innovator and leader in the advanced heat transfer technology field.

“Our strong financial and technical performance has enabled us to expand into new products and markets”, said Dr. Jon Zuo, President and Chief Technical Officer of ACT.

 

ACT Manufactures Isothermal Furnace Liners for Material Processing Applications

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – July 20, 2009 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) is manufacturing Isothermal Furnace Liner (IFL) products for material processing applications.

IFLs are an industry standard for the primary calibration laboratories. They are used to provide extremely precise temperature uniformity for freeze point cell calibration and for blackbody cavities. However, IFLs were originally developed for doing what the name suggests, isothermalizing furnaces. Tube furnaces are used in numerous laboratories around the world for materials processing such as annealing, sintering, crystal growing, brazing, and controlled diffusion to develop new materials that can help to solve the world’s technical challenges.

These tube furnaces are typically electrically heated through discrete electrical resistance heating elements. These heating elements have slightly different resistances resulting in temperature non-uniformity inside the furnace cavity. Heat losses through the ends are also a source of non-uniformity. These temperature non-uniformities often result in unfavorable product yields and misleading recipe development results, which can lead to product development delays.

“At ACT, we process materials in tube furnaces for our heat pipe and thermal management products. Examples of these processes include brazing of metal parts and gravity sintering of metal powders. For some materials, particularly small diameter powders, the properties of the sintered capillary structure can vary widely with the local temperature in the furnace. Variations of as little as 5°C in the local sintering temperature can result in a 50% difference in the permeability and porosity of the sintered structure,” says Mr. Peter Dussinger, Manager of ACT’s Custom Products Group that manages the IFL products. “In other industries like crystal growing and semiconductor processing, I would expect similar issues and a strong desire to have repeatable and reliable furnaces with minimal temperature non-uniformity.”

ACT has built a number of turnkey IFL systems over the past few years and is well positioned to respond to custom applications. Precise temperature control for materials processing is very important for researchers that are developing new materials and thermal processes in energy conversion, nanotechnology and advanced electronics areas. ACT’s IFL systems have been shown to provide temperature uniformity, stability, and repeatability that is unmatched by conventional electrical resistance heated furnaces and ovens. ACT engineers work with leading edge companies on a daily basis to provide thermal management solutions to challenging and often unique applications. This experience and expertise allows us to design and manufacture turnkey IFL systems at favorable prices.

“If you have a materials processing challenge that would benefit from precise and repeatable isothermal processing, please contact us,” says Dussinger. “We can supply you with an insert for your existing furnace or develop a turn-key furnace/IFL/controls package for your application.”

ACT Launches HiK™ AlSiC Plate Product

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – June 15, 2009 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has recently launched a HiK™ AlSiC Plate product for high power electronics cooling applications.

The HiK™ AlSiC Plate is an addition to the HiK™ Plate product line manufactured by ACT. It is made of aluminum silicon carbide (AlSiC) with embedded heat pipes. Typical effective thermal conductivity ranges from 500 to 800 W/m-K, depending on the plate dimensions and heat source profiles. Other products in this product line include the HiK™ Aluminum Plates.

By controlling the composition of the Al and SiC, the CTE (coefficient of thermal expansion) of the HiK™ AlSiC plate can be tailored to match that of the electronic device. This allows direct attachment of the electronic device to the HiK™ plate, eliminating the need for stress compensating thermal interface materials and consequently reducing the thermal interface resistance.

Traditional aluminum and AlSiC plates have thermal conductivities of 180W/m-K and 200W/m-K, respectively. Embedding heat pipes in the plate increases the effective thermal conductivity by several factors, without negatively affecting its mass, strength or corrosion resistance.

The low density of AlSiC (3 grams/cm3) makes it particularly suitable for cooling of portable/hand held devices, avionics and spacecraft payloads. Potential applications include: IGBT Heat Spreaders, Antenna Enclosures, Microprocessor Heat Spreaders/Sinks, and High Power Lasers and LEDs.

ACT Awarded Multiple Research and Development Contracts

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – May 26, 2009 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has recently been awarded multiple research and development contracts totaling more than $3M. All of these contracts were awarded in 2009.

These R&D contracts were successful results of ACT’s competitive bids for various U.S. government agencies’ BAA’s (Broad Agency Announcement), SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) programs. The technologies under these contracts include advanced Heat Pipes, Variable Conductance Heat Pipes, Loop Heat Pipes, Refrigeration Systems, HVAC Heat Exchangers, Enhanced Condensation Surfaces, and Thermal Modeling Techniques. These technologies cover a wide range of applications including spacecraft and planetary surface systems thermal control, avionics cooling, laser cooling, HVAC, and microprocessor cooling. On many of these projects, ACT is working with partners and subcontractors in industry and academia.

 

ACT Strengthens Sales and Marketing Team

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – March 30, 2009 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) is pleased to announce two new additions to its sales and marketing team.

Mr. John Kleinfelter has joined ACT’s Engineering Products and Services Group as the Business Development Manager. His primary responsibilities will be to develop new market opportunities, manage sales processes and lead marketing campaigns in ACT’s terrestrial products markets, including commercial and military electronics cooling, industrial heat recovery, and specialty products. Mr. Kleinfelter brings a proven track record that includes over nine years of sales and engineering management experience. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and is a member of ASHRAE. Mr. Kleinfelter can be reached at john.kleinfelter@1-ACT.com or 717-295-6110.

Mr. Kyle Van Riper has joined ACT’s Aerospace Products Group as Business Development Manager. He will focus on expanding ACT’s aerospace product opportunities and portfolio, particularly in the satellite and aircraft thermal control area. Mr. Van Riper has previously held process engineering, product management, and sales and marketing positions in the U.S. and Europe. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, both from the University of Delaware.

 

ACT Passes ISO 9001:2000 and AS 9100-B Annual Audit with Perfect Score

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – March 16, 2009 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has passed the annual surveillance audit on its ISO 9001:2000 and AS 9100-B certified quality management system with a perfect score. The annual audit was conducted by Intertek Testing Services on February 23 and 24, 2009.

ACT received the ISO 9001:2000 international quality certification in December 2005 and the AS 9100-B certification in December 2006. The just concluded audit was the second annual surveillance audit. ACT has achieved perfect scores on both the initial and surveillance audits.

The certification is a split scope certification: ISO 9001:2000 for terrestrial applications, and AS 9100-B for aerospace applications. The certified quality system covers four major business processes: management responsibility, resource management, product realization, measurement and analysis, and improvement.

“Quality and continuous improvement are our basic operating principles,” says Doreen Fulmer, the Quality Assurance Manager at ACT, “The consecutive perfect audit scores demonstrate our commitment and ability in providing our customers with the highest level of customer service and product reliability.”

Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc. is a worldwide leader in testing, inspection and Quality Management Systems certifications and is accredited by the RvA (the Royal Dutch Council for Accreditation) and ANAB (the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board).

Terrestrial Thermal Products

ACT will exhibit its terrestrial thermal products including heat pipes, vapor chambers and HiK™ plates at MILCOM 2009, to be held in Boston, Massachusetts from October 18 to 21, 2009, and the Thermal Management & Technology Symposium, to be held in Denver, Colorado from October 20 to 21, 2009.

ACT Launches Loop Heat Pipe Product for Spacecraft Thermal Control

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – January 5, 2009 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has formally launched a new line of Loop Heat Pipe (LHP) products for spacecraft thermal control. ACT’s Aerospace Products Group now offers complete spacecraft heat pipe products including Constant Conductance Heat Pipes (CCHPs), Variable Conductance Heat Pipes (VCHPs) and LHPs.

The Aerospace Products Group has delivered a number of LHPs in the past several years to military and government satellite programs. “We’re delighted to add the LHP to our satellite thermal control product portfolio,” says John Hartenstine, Manager of the Aerospace Products Group, “We’re ready to deploy our experienced personnel and qualified manufacturing processes to meet the most challenging customer requirements.”

LHPs are self contained, passive, high thermal conductivity devices. Compared to constant conductance heat pipes (CCHPs) that can typically transport 100 to 200 Watts of heat over 1 to 2 meters, LHPs are capable of much higher heat loads and longer distances. LHPs are most commonly used to transfer heat from spacecraft electronics to remotely located radiators. Typical LHPs have aluminum evaporators and condensers and stainless steel transport lines and reservoirs. Ammonia is the most commonly used working fluid for operating temperatures ranging from -40 to 70°C. Propylene and Ethane are used for lower temperature operations. ACT has also developed titanium/water LHPs for operation at temperatures between 70 and 250°C.

ACT is a developer and manufacturer of advanced heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops, and thermal storage devices. ACT specializes in technology development and custom thermal product design and manufacturing. ACT’s technologies have been used in applications from spacecraft thermal control to catalytic reactor cooling to medical surgery temperature control. ACT’s quality system is certified to ISO9001:2000 and AS9100-B. ACT currently serves customers worldwide in Aerospace, Military, Commercial, and Government R&D markets. Many of these customers are in the Fortune Global 500 list.

ACT Selected Among Finalists for Central Penn Business Journal Business of the Year Award

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – November 7, 2008 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) was honored as one of the finalists for the Central Penn Business Journal Business of the Year award in a award gala held on November 3, 2008.

Below is an excerpt from the award presentation:

“Located in Lancaster, ACT specializes in technology development and custom thermal product design and manufacturing. The company’s founders were attracted to the region’s diverse commercial base of manufacturers, financial institutions and educational entities, which have been vital to the company’s success.

Created in 2003, ACT was small compared with its competitors. Some of its biggest challenges early on were accurately defining market-penetrating strategies and applying its limited resources to support these strategies.”

“But ACT quickly gained a reputation of being innovative, competent and customer-focused after competing for, winning and executing research and development (R&D) contracts with various government and commercial organizations. These contracts established the company as a serious player in the field, in spite of its small size.

Since its inception, ACT has enjoyed a more than 80 percent compound annual growth rate in revenue. As the company expands its technology, service and product offerings, its customer base is also growing. ACT currently serves customers worldwide in aerospace, military, industrial equipment, consumer products and government R&D markets. More than 10 of these customers are on the Fortune Global 500 list.

But the company’s greatest asset is its staff, which has grown from one employee five years ago to 40 employees today. The company maintains an open culture that encourages innovation and learning through brain storming sessions, internal mentoring processes and an Employee Profit Sharing Bonus Plan.

ACT takes pride in its proven innovative capabilities and continues to use its expertise to provide customers with high-quality solutions for their industries’ toughest challenges.”

ACT Manufactures HiK™ Aluminum Plates for Military Electronics Cooling Applications

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – October 6, 2008 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) is manufacturing its HiK™ Aluminum Plate products for military electronics customers.

ACT’s HiK™ Aluminum Plate product is an aluminum plate with embedded heat pipes. It is used as a heat spreader and in some cases also a structural member in electronics packaging applications. Traditional aluminum heat spreaders have thermal conductivities around 180W/m- C. Embedding heat pipes increases the effective thermal conductivities by several factors, without negatively affecting the plate’s mass, strength or corrosion resistance. The layout of the embedded heat pipes is optimized for each application. In general, the performance of a HiK™ Aluminum Plate is equivalent to that of the high end composite materials but cost much less to manufacture. The following photos show examples of HiK Aluminum Plates for a variety of electronics cooling applications.

ACT has been designing and manufacturing embedded heat pipe aluminum plates for military and commercial electronics cooling applications for the past several years. The HiK™ Aluminum Plate product was officially named and launched in February 2008, and has received excellent market acceptance, particularly in the military electronics sector. Since then, ACT has received three orders for HiK™ Aluminum Plates, each with potential to reach relatively large production volumes. To respond to the demands, ACT’s Engineering Products and Services Group recently started expanding its manufacturing operation for increased HiK plate production capacity.

ACT is a developer and manufacturer of advanced heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops, and thermal storage devices. ACT specializes in technology development and custom thermal product design and manufacturing. ACT’s technologies have been used in applications from spacecraft thermal control to catalytic reactor cooling to medical surgery temperature control. ACT currently serves customers worldwide in Aerospace, Military, Commercial, and Government R&D markets. Many of these customers are in the Fortune Global 500 list.

ACT Expands Isothermal Furnace Liner Production

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – September 2, 2008 – Advanced Cooling Technologies Inc. (ACT) is expanding the production of its Isothermal Furnace Liner (IFL) products.

The expanded product offerings cover a wider temperature range and turnkey systems. At the low end of the temperature spectrum, ACT now offers sub-ambient IFLs utilizing ammonia as the working fluid in the temperature range of -40°C to +50°C. At the high end of the temperature spectrum, ACT now offers Haynes 230® IFLs for significantly improved life and dimensional stability in the temperature range of 1,050°C to 1,100°C.

In addition to these two new products, ACT is also offering turnkey blackbody and materials processing systems. These systems include the IFL, heating and cooling mechanisms, precision temperature controls, over temperature controls, thermocouple wells, and other custom features packaged in an application specific enclosure.

IFLs have been used successfully for over four decades in precision calibration and materials processing applications. Historically, high temperatures IFLs, in the temperature range of 400°C to 1,050°C, have been the most widely used. As the benefits of inherently isothermal heat pipes have been realized, the IFL market has expanded to lower temperatures. For example, ACT manufactures Cesium IFLs for use in the 300°C to 650°C range, Water IFLs for use in the 50°C to 250°C range, and more recently Ammonia IFLs for use in the -40°C to +50°C range. At the highest temperatures, particularly for applications around the copper melting point (approximately 1,085°C), standard Inconel IFLs have been limited to short life times and dimensional instability. As the temperature of an IFL increases, the internal pressure increases, while at the same time the strength of the Inconel envelope is rapidly decreasing. Manufacturing the same IFL using significantly higher creep strength Haynes 230 addresses this issue

ACT also builds turnkey IFL systems for custom applications. Precise temperature control is very important for developing new materials and thermal processes in the energy conversion, nano-particle research, and advanced electronics development. Heat Pipe IFL systems have been shown to provide temperature uniformity, stability, and repeatability that is unmatched by conventional electrical resistance heated furnaces and ovens. ACT’s engineers work with customers on a daily basis to provide thermal management solutions to challenging and often unique applications. This experience and expertise allows us to design and manufacture turnkey IFL systems at favorable prices. “Responsive customer service is a top priority,” says Mr. Pete Dussinger, Manager of ACT’s IFL Products, “We welcome joint development activities, long term supply agreements, and any other mutually beneficial business agreements with our customers.”

ACT is a developer and manufacturer of advanced heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops, and thermal storage devices. ACT specializes in technology development and custom thermal product design and manufacturing. ACT’s technologies have been used in applications from spacecraft thermal control to catalytic reactor cooling to medical surgery temperature control. ACT currently serves customers worldwide in Aerospace, Military, Commercial, and Government R&D markets. Many of these customers are in the Fortune Global 500 list.

ACT Announces the Expansion of its Aerospace Heat Pipe Production Facilities

ACT Announces the Expansion of its Aerospace Heat Pipe Production Facilities

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – May, 19, 2008 – Advanced Cooling Technologies Inc. (ACT) announces the expansion of its aerospace heat pipe production facilities in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. ACT’s aerospace heat pipe products are used for thermal control of satellites and other spacecraft by commercial, military and government customers.

The expanded aerospace manufacturing facility measures approximately 2,000 ft2, including chemical and mechanical cleaning stations, ultra high vacuum systems, high purity fluid processing stations, aerospace welding stations, high temperature ovens, and various processing and testing fixtures. This expansion allows ACT’s aerospace heat pipe production to transition from a batch processing mode to a dedicated production line, increasing its monthly throughput to more than 100 flight grade heat pipes. The manufacturing facility allows for additional upgrades to even higher production throughputs as required by customer demands.

“This expansion represents our strong commitment to the aerospace market”, said Mr. John Hartenstine, Manager of ACT’s Aerospace Products Group, “With the increased production capacity, we will be able to serve our aerospace customers with quicker turnaround time in addition to our trademark customer services and competitive prices”.

ACT’s aerospace heat pipe products include Constant Conductance Heat Pipes (CCHPs) and Variable Conductance Heat Pipes (VCHPs). These products are used by satellite manufactures to provide cooling and temperature control of onboard electronics, payloads and instruments. Photographs of some of ACT’s CCHP and VCHP products are shown below.

ACT is a developer and manufacturer of advanced heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops, and thermal storage devices. ACT specializes in technology development and custom thermal product design and manufacturing. ACT’s technologies have been used in applications from spacecraft thermal control to catalytic reactor cooling to medical surgery temperature control. ACT currently serves customers worldwide in Aerospace, Military, Commercial, and Government R&D markets. Many of these customers are in the Fortune Global 500 list.

ACT Launches a New HiK™ Aluminum Plate Product Line

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – April 14, 2008 – Advanced Cooling Technologies Inc. (ACT) has developed and launched a new product line of High Thermal Conductivity (HiK™) Aluminum Plates for commercial and military electronics cooling.

ACT’s HiK™ Alumnum Plate has embedded heat pipes for enhanced heat spreading and transport. Heat spreaders are used in many military and commercial electronic systems to collect and move heat from multiple, discrete heat sources to edge mount liquid or air heat sinks. The temperature gradients incurred in the heat transport need to be minimized to ensure the best cooling performance. This requires the heat spreader to have high thermal conductivities.

Traditional aluminum and copper heat spreaders have thermal conductivities between 180 and 380 W/m-°C. By embedding high-conductance heat pipes into aluminum plates, ACT’s HiK™ Alumnum Plates provide effective thermal conductivities that are several factors higher than the traditional aluminum or copper plates. The layout of the embedded heat pipes is often optimized for each application for the highest cooling performance. For example, a higher concentration of heat pipes may be embedded in areas on the plate where large heat sources are located.

ACT has designed and manufactured HiK™ Aluminum Plates having effective thermal conductivities between 500 and 800 W/m-°C. This performance is equivalent to some high end composite materials that are much more expensive to produce.

Compared to ACT’s Vapor Chamber Heat Pipe products, the HiK™ Aluminum Plates are lower in both performance and cost. Electronic cooling designers often choose between the two products based on the performance and cost considerations.

Both the HiK™ Aluminum Plate and the Vapor Chamber Heat Pipe products are managed by ACT’s Engineering Services & Products Group.

ACT is a developer and manufacturer of advanced heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops, and thermal storage devices. ACT specializes in technology development and custom thermal product design and manufacturing. ACT’s technologies have been used in applications from spacecraft thermal control to catalytic reactor cooling to medical surgery temperature control. ACT currently serves customers worldwide in Aerospace, Military, Commercial, and Government R&D markets. Many of these customers are in the Fortune Global 500 list.

 

ACT Launches a New Vapor Chamber Heat Pipe Product Line

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – March 17, 2008 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has launched a new product line of high performance Vapor Chamber Heat Pipes for commercial and military electronics cooling.

Vapor chambers are essentially planar heat pipes. They are used to efficiently spread high heat fluxes from CPUs and power electronics to a much larger area where the heat can be dissipated by traditional heat sinks.

ACT’s vapor chambers are capable of meeting the needs of today’s most challenging electronics cooling requirements. These products can handle heat fluxes beyond 25W/cm2 with thermal resistances less than 0.15°C/W. However, even these performance levels are insufficient for the next generation military electronics.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has identified vapor chambers as one of the best options to address some of the next generation requirements. Earlier in 2007, DARPA released a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) to solicit advanced vapor chamber concepts. The goal was to develop a Thermal Ground Plane (TGP) that will be an integral part of the next generation electronics modules.

As a result of ACT’s design and manufacturing expertise in heat pipes and the strength in our advanced vapor chamber concepts, DARPA awarded the team of ACT, UCLA and University of Michigan a three year $4.3 million contract to develop the next generation vapor chamber technology. This R&D effort will lead to significant improvements in ACT’s future vapor chamber products.

The new vapor chamber heat pipe products and the DARPA TGP program are managed by ACT’s Technical Services & Products Group.

ACT is a developer and manufacturer of advanced heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops, and thermal storage devices. ACT specializes in technology development and custom thermal product design and manufacturing. ACT’s technologies have been used in applications from spacecraft thermal control to catalytic reactor cooling to medical surgery temperature control. ACT currently serves customers worldwide in Aerospace, Military, Commercial, and Government R&D markets. Many of these customers are in the Fortune Global 500 list.

ACT Delivers Satellite Thermal Control Products

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – February 11, 2008 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has delivered heat pipe components and assemblies for thermal control of civilian and military satellites.

ACT’s Aerospace Products Group was responsible for designing and manufacturing these heat pipe components and assemblies. The launch dates for these satellites range from 2008 to 2012. ACT’s deliverables included Constant Conductance Heat Pipes (CCHP), a CCHP Payload Deck, and a Loop Heat Pipe (LHP) Radiator. The CCHP deliverables covered a total of twenty-one different designs, some of which required up to five, highly precision, three-dimensional bends. In one of the thermal control assemblies, a number of CCHPs collect heat from the payload deck and transfer it to a LHP evaporator. The LHP further transports the heat to a radiator for eventual dissipation. The radiator employs additional CCHPs for effective heat spreading and radiation. The following photos show examples of the CCHPs, payload deck and LHP radiator. ACT is continuing the production of additional ship sets of the heat pipes and assemblies

The Aerospace Products Group maintains an extensive Aerospace Heat Pipe Life Test Program to demonstrate the long term reliability of ACT’s heat pipe products. The life test program includes conventional aluminum/ammonia CCHPs as well as advanced high temperature heat pipes using water and intermediate temperature working fluids. Many of the life test heat pipes have accumulated more than 26,000 hours of operation at elevated temperatures.

The Aerospace Products Group designs and manufactures aerospace heat pipes and assemblies following ACT’s ISO9001:2000 and AS9100-B certified quality system. ACT obtained a 100% perfect score during the most recent surveillance audit by Intertek in December 2007.

ACT is a developer and manufacturer of advanced heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops, and thermal storage devices. ACT specializes in technology development and custom thermal product design and manufacturing. ACT’s technologies have been used in applications from spacecraft thermal control to catalytic reactor cooling to medical surgery temperature control. ACT currently serves customers worldwide in Aerospace, Military, Commercial, and Government R&D markets. Many of these customers are in the Fortune Global 500 list.

 

 

ACT Congratulates Yale Eastman’s Induction to Central Penn Business Hall of Fame

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – December 4, 2007 – Mr. Yale Eastman, a member of the Board of Directors and a shareholder of Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) was inducted to the Central Pennsylvania Business Hall of Fame in a award ceremony on December 3, 2007.

Mr. Eastman has spent his entire career in the development of new technology-based businesses. He started as an engineer and later moved into engineering management at RCA’s Electron Tube Division in Harrison, NJ and Lancaster, PA. He was involved in setting up the first color picture tube factory in Lancaster in 1954. During his tenure at RCA from 1950 to 1975, Mr. Eastman worked on various technologies including color picture tubes, thermionic energy converters, lasers and heat pipes, and led the new business development activities in several of these technology areas.

In 1970, Mr. Eastman, with wife, Jane, and R.W. Longsderff, founded Thermacore, Inc in Lancaster, PA. He served as its CEO until 1997 and retired from Thermacore in 1999. The company was acquired by Modine Manufacturing Company in April 2001. At the time of the sale, Thermacore had several hundred employees and operations in five countries. The company’s main products are heat pipes, used to cool electronic equipment.

In 1999, Mr. Eastman founded STAR-H Corp. and served as its President until 2004. STAR-H develops antenna technologies and products for military and commercial markets

Mr. Eastman has been active in promoting new technology business startups in the central and eastern Pennsylvania areas. He was a founding member of the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania in the early 1980s and an early member of the Pennsylvania Innovation Network. He is also a member of the Lancaster Angels Group, SCORE advisory board, and a Science Factory advisor.

In 1995, Mr. Eastman, with wife, Jane, founded the Eastman Family Partnership and serves as a Co-General Partner. The Partnership helps entrepreneurs start technology-based companies by providing financial investments and management advices. The Partnership is actively participating in six small technology companies. The products of these companies range from heat transfer and software to infra-red detectors, antennas and robotics.

Mr. Eastman is a prolific inventor with twenty U.S. patents and a hobbyist in broad areas including amateur radio, photography, fossil collecting and birding. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Lancaster County Conservancy.

ACT is a developer and manufacturer of advanced heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops, and thermal storage devices. ACT specializes in technology development and custom thermal product design and manufacturing. ACT’s technologies have been used in applications from spacecraft thermal control to catalytic reactor cooling to medical surgery temperature control. ACT currently serves customers worldwide in Aerospace, Military, Commercial, and Government R&D markets. Many of these customers are in the Fortune Global 500 list.

ACT Wins Multiple Research and Development Contracts

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – November 5, 2007 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has recently won six research and development contracts with four U.S. government agencies. The contracts amount to several million dollars and will result in the creation of as many as twelve new positions for scientists, engineers and technicians in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

One contract is with the U.S. Army under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The goal of this SBIR Phase II project is to develop shock and vibration resistant features for ACT’s Hybrid Two-Phase Loop (HTPL) technology. These features will permit the technology to be used in military and civilian automotive systems where shock and vibration tolerance is a critical requirement. Dr. Chanwoo Park, a Senior Engineer and Group Leader at ACT, is the Principal Investigator on this project. Hamilton Sundstrand is a subcontractor on the project, responsible for the final system integration and testing.

The second contract is with the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) to develop a specialty heat pipe that will solve heat dissipation and electronic device bonding problems. ACT will work with a number of university and industrial partners on this three-year project.

The third contract is with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to investigate the effects of the surface wettability on heat transfer and liquid transport. A successful research effort will result in technology that will have broad applications in many two-phase heat transfer and flow systems. Mr. Richard Bonner, a R&D Engineer at ACT, is the Principal Investigator on this project, working with researchers at Lehigh University as partners.

NASA has awarded ACT three SBIR Phase II projects in support of various NASA missions. Dr. William Anderson, a Principal Engineer at ACT, is the Principal Investigator on the project to develop a Variable Conductance Heat Pipe (VCHP) for cooling of space power conversion systems. Mr. Peter Dussinger, Manager of Custom Products at ACT, is the Principal Investigator on the project to develop a Pressure Controlled Heat Pipe, which can be used to achieve temperature control precision to within a few thousandth of a degree. Dr. Chanwoo Park is the Principal Investigator on the project to extend ACT’s Hybrid Two-Phase Loop technology so that it will operate in unusually hot ambient conditions.

 

ACT Develops New Precision Temperature Control Technology

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – October 8, 2007 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has developed a new precision temperature control technology for optical systems, lasers, and detectors that require tight temperature control to the milli-Kelvin level.

ACT’s Pressure Controlled Heat Pipe (PCHP) improves on the performance of a Variable Conductance Heat Pipe (VCHP) by providing very tight control – to the milli-Kelvin level – without the excessively large reservoir of a VCHP or the power consumption of trim heaters and cold biasing. It offers faster transient response than a heated-reservoir VCHP and the ability to change the set point during operation to compensate for uncertainties in the performance of other components in the system. The following figures show the measured heat pipe temperatures at varying heat load and sink temperature conditions. As seen, the PCHP was able to maintain the heat pipe temperature within ±0.1K with a five time heat load increase and large sink temperature swings.

This new PCHP technology is an improved product based on ACT’s existing Isothermal Furnace Liner (IFL), Pressure Controlled Heat Pipe (PCHP) Furnace and Heat Pipe Blackbody Cavity (HPBC) products. These products are designed to operate in a wide temperature range from -60°C to 1,100°C by using different working fluids including ammonia, methanol, water, cesium, potassium, sodium and lithium.

 

ACT Recognized Among Central Pennsylvania’s Top Fifty Fastest Growing Companies

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – July 9, 2007 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has been named one of Central Pennsylvania’s 2007 Top Fifty Fastest Growing Companies by the Central Penn Business Journal. This honor is based on ACT’s outstanding revenue growth over the past three years.

In addition to this honor, ACT was also among the three finalists for the 2007 Technology Company of the Year Award in the 15th Annual Technology Awards Gala by the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania on March 23, 2007.

Since its inception in 2003, ACT has enjoyed a more than 80 percent compound annual growth rate in revenues. The company has been profitable from the beginning. ACT has quickly become one of Pennsylvania’s most successful companies in the SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) field, winning a total of 22 Phase I, II and III SBIR projects in the past 4 years. Leveraging its strong technology base, ACT launched two product groups, the Engineering Services & Products Group and the Aerospace Products Group in 2005 and 2006, respectively. Both groups have been experiencing exceptional acceptance in the marketplace and rapid growths in business.

Currently, more than 65% of ACT’s revenues are from product sales and engineering services. The company’s quality system is certified to ISO 9001 standards for terrestrial applications and AS 9100-B standards for aerospace applications.

“We’re grateful for the awards from the Central Penn Business Journal and the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania”, said Dr. Jon Zuo, President and Chief Technical Officer of ACT, “We’re fortunate to have a great team of employees who are dedicated to providing advanced technologies and quality products that are well accepted by our customers. We will continue to invest substantially in our staff and facilities to meet our customers’ demands”.

ACT Awarded Multiple Production and Technology Development Contracts

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – June 4, 2007 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has been awarded multiple contracts by the Naval Air Warfare Command (NAVAIR), the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the Department of Energy (DOE) to manufacture heat pipe assemblies and develop advanced thermal management technologies for military and energy conversion systems.

The NAVAIR contract is a multi-year effort to design, prototype and manufacture heat pipe assemblies for cooling of a shipboard radar system. Each heat pipe assembly will include multiple copper/water heat pipes and associated high precision components. This contract will be fulfilled by ACT’s Engineering Services & Products Group. Mr. John Hartenstine, Manager of this Group, is the project manager on this effort.

The AFRL contract is a SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) Phase I project that will develop a fast response fabric test facility to simulate the aircraft jet engine exhaust conditions. The project will also develop a fully validated dynamic fabric submodel to the AFRL’s BURNSIM model. This contract is being carried out by ACT’s Technology Development Group. Dr. Chanwoo Park, the Technology Development Group Leader, is the Principal Investigator on this project.

The DOE contract is a SBIR Phase I project that will develop a heat pipe based thermal control subsystem for the concentrating photovoltaic system. This contract will be fulfilled by ACT’s Custom Products Group, with the Boeing Company to provide support in system integration and technology commercialization. Mr. Peter Dussinger, Manager of the Custom Products Group, will be the Principal Investigator on this project.

 

ACT Awarded Contracts to Deliver Heat Pipes for TACSAT-4 Thermal Control System

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – May 1, 2007 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has been awarded two contracts by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to provide a suite of heat pipes and assemblies for the TacSat-4 thermal control system.

TacSat-4 is the fourth satellite in a series of tactical satellites to be launched by the Department of Defense (DOD) to develop the capabilities that will create a new tier of networked assets. The scheduled launch date for TacSat-4 is in 2008. NRL is the TacSat-4 Program Management Organization.

These contracts are being fulfilled by ACT’s Aerospace Products Group under the AS9100-B certified quality system. ACT will deliver the electronics deck with embedded constant conductance heat pipes (CCHPs), the radiator spreader CCHPs and the loop heat pipe (LHP) linking the electronics deck and the radiators. Alliant Techsystems, Inc. (ATK), of Corona, California, is a subcontractor who will integrate ACT’s heat pipes into a honeycomb panel.

Mr. Peter Dussinger, Manager of Custom Products at ACT, is the Program Manager for the NRL contracts. “We’re particularly excited about the quick launch of the satellite with our products”, said Mr. Dussinger, “We’ll meet and exceed NRL’s quality and delivery requirements.”

 

ACT to Deliver Pumped Two-Phase System for SAIC Advanced Inverter Cooling Demonstration Project

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – April 2, 2007 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has been awarded a contract by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to deliver a multiple-evaporator pumped two-phase system for cooling high power inverters.

This Advanced Inverter Cooling Demonstration Project is in support of the U.S. Army’s Power & Energy Program to improve the performance and packaging of hybrid electric vehicle subsystems. SAIC is the lead organization on this project.

This contract is being fulfilled by ACT’s Technology Development Group. The baseline technology is ACT’s Hybrid Two-Phase Loop (HPTL) technology that combines mechanical pumps with capillary wicks to achieve reliable liquid supply and distribution in high heat flux areas. ACT has, in the past several years, been actively developing this technology through a number of SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) and internally funded projects.

The previous efforts substantially raised the technology readiness level and led to this demonstration project with SAIC. Under this project, ACT will deliver a multiple-evaporator Hybrid Two-Phase Loop that is integrated with an advanced inverter design.

Dr. Chanwoo Park, a Group Leader of Technology Development at ACT, is the Principal Investigator for the SAIC contract. “This is a great follow up to our highly successful Army SBIR Phase II project”, said Dr. Park, “We expect to further enhance our commercialization efforts through this project.”

 

ACT to Deliver Heat Pipes for Thermal Control of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Imager System

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – February 1, 2007 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has been awarded a contract to provide heat pipes for ITT Corporation’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) Advanced Baseline Imager Instrument (ABI).

ACT will provide a variety of Constant Conductance Heat Pipes (CCHPs) which together will provide thermal control for the GOES ABI. This is a multi year contract, under which ACT will supply the heat pipes for several satellite payloads.

This contract is being fulfilled by ACT’s Aerospace Products Group under the AS9100-B certified quality system. “Our focus on quality and customer service, in combination with our strengths in technology and innovation, is drawing the attention of many customers.” says Mr. Scott Garner, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at ACT, “We’re very excited to have the opportunity to support ITT’s space flight missions.”

ACT’s Aerospace Products Group offers a line of heat pipe products for spacecraft thermal control applications. This group is also engaged in several advanced heat pipe technology development efforts. As an example, in a recently completed study by NASA Glen Research Center, ACT’s titanium/water heat pipes outperformed the state of the art heat pipes by more than 25% at the industry standard test condition (i.e. 0.1 inches elevation against gravity).

ITT’s Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) represents a significant advancement in performance over the current generation geostationary imagers in use by the National Weather Service. Beginning with the GOES R launch in 2012, the ABI will provide scientists and meteorologists with additional and improved data, faster than ever before. ACT is part of the ITT ABI team. ITT leads the team as the prime contractor and has overall responsibility for the program development effort. ABI is a NASA Goddard Space Flight Center administered contract.

 

ACT’s Aerospace Products Group Continues Progress

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – January 2, 2007 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has received the prestigious AS9100-B aerospace quality standard certification and recertification to the ISO9001:2000 international quality standard by Intertek Testing Services. ACT successfully passed the quality system assessment without any nonconformance. The AS9100-B standard, written for the aerospace industry, is based on the ISO9001 standard and includes additional aerospace related requirements. ACT achieved the ISO9001:2000 certification in December 2005 and upgraded the Quality Management System in 2006 to the more rigorous AS9100-B quality standard.

The upgrade of the quality system complements the formation of the Aerospace Products Group in May of 2006. “This allows us to serve the specialized needs of the aerospace community as well as our customers in the terrestrial markets.” says Mr. John Hartenstine, Quality Assurance Manager at ACT, “This certification demonstrates our commitment to providing a broad depth of quality products and services for aerospace and terrestrial thermal management applications.”

ACT’s Aerospace Products Group is currently developing advanced thermal technologies and manufacturing multiple flight hardware units for a number of aerospace customers. “The AS9100 certification validates the aerospace product manufacturing processes we’ve established at ACT,” says Mr. Peter Dussinger, Manager of Custom Products at ACT, “we’ll continue to improve our processes to provide the highest quality products to support our customers’ missions.”

ACT is a developer and manufacturer of advanced heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops, and thermal storage devices. ACT specializes in technology development and custom thermal product design and manufacturing. ACT’s technologies have been used in applications from spacecraft thermal control to catalytic reactor cooling to medical surgery temperature control. ACT currently serves customers worldwide in Aerospace, Military, Industrial Equipment, Consumer Products, and Government R&D markets.

Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc. is a worldwide leader in testing, inspection and Quality Management Systems certifications and is accredited by the RvA (the Royal Dutch Council for Accreditation) and ANAB (the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board).

 

ACT’s Aerospace Products Group Continues Progress 2006

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – November 27, 2006 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.’s Aerospace Products Group continues the progress toward providing space qualified heat pipe products and technologies.

Since the launch of the CCHP (Constant Conductance Heat Pipe) and VCHP (Variable Conductance Heat Pipe) products in May 2006, ACT has made continuous progress in both business and technical developments. In particular, ACT continues to demonstrate the capability of manufacturing CCHPs with complex geometries and tight dimensional tolerances; and, to demonstrate the quality and reliability of the manufacturing processes through CCHP life testing at elevated temperatures. The figure below shows the temperature profiles of the condenser section of a life test CCHP during the NCG check after 1,720 hours of operation. The heat pipe shows no sign of NCG at -40°C, -50°C, -60°C and -65°C. ACT is continuing the life test and periodical NCG check test to demonstrate real-time, long life performance.

In addition to the product development and manufacturing efforts, ACT is also actively developing advanced thermal technologies for the next generation aerospace applications. ACT was recently notified by NASA of the award of three SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) projects. These projects will develop technologies for diverse applications, including pressure controlled heat pipes (PCHP) for thermal control of space optical/laser systems, high temperature VCHPs for Stirling radioisotope power systems, and vapor compressor driven hybrid two-phase loops (HTPL) for lunar surface systems.

 

ACT Delivers Titanium Heat Pipe Radiator Demonstration Units to NASA

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – October 1, 2006 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has delivered titanium heat pipe radiator demonstration units to NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) for thermal control of high temperature space power systems.

These radiator panels consist of titanium/water heat pipes and carbon graphite fins for operation at temperatures of 200°C and beyond. The project was funded by NASA GRC for space nuclear power system thermal control. Alliant Tech Systems (ATK) was the subcontractor to ACT on this project. ATK fabricated the radiator panel materials and integrated ACT’s titanium heat pipes into the panels. NASA GRC will test the radiator demonstration units in a thermo-vacuum chamber to fully characterize the thermal performance.

Through this project and a number of other efforts, ACT has developed the process to design and manufacture aerospace grade titanium heat pipes and loop heat pipes. This covers life test, wick design, heat pipe fabrication, heat pipe-to-panel interface, and thermal cycling. These activities have been funded by NASA, the Air Force, U.S. aerospace contractors, commercial companies, and ACT’s Internal Research & Development (IR&D) Program.

ACT currently continues the titanium heat pipe development through a number of customer funded projects for specific applications.

ACT Qualifies Extrusions for Ammonia and Ethane Heat Pipes

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – July 31, 2006 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has completed qualification of several extrusions for ammonia and ethane heat pipes for aerospace thermal control applications.

ACT has developed and demonstrated the equipment and processes required to manufacture aerospace quality heat pipes.

“The qualification process is both detailed and rigorous”, says Mr. Peter Dussinger, a lead engineer for aerospace products at ACT. “Custom precision extrusions are measured and tested to assure that the extrusion meets the desired performance. Pressure tests, precise geometric measurements, and full scale heat pipe performance tests are some of the qualification processes applied to each extrusion. The heat pipes used in the qualification tests are manufactured to exacting aerospace standards. For example, the extrusions are cleaned using a multi-step procedure. The working fluids used in the heat pipes are electronics grade or better; and then, triple distilled for even higher quality. The heat pipes are rigorously tested across a wide range of operating and survival temperatures at various adverse elevation orientations. Once the pipe has been shown to be free of non-condensable gases and the appropriate fluid charge has been set, the pipe is hermetically sealed. We also operate several of the qualification pipes indefinitely as life test pipes.”

“We have the design know-how, manufacturing process and quality control in place to meet the most stringent aerospace heat pipe requirements”, says Mr. Scott Garner, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at ACT. “Equally importantly, we’re committed to providing our customers the best services to ensure their missions’ success.”

ACT is a developer and manufacturer of advanced heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops, and thermal storage devices. ACT specializes in technology development and custom thermal product design and manufacturing. ACT’s technologies have been used in applications from spacecraft thermal control to catalytic reactor cooling to medical surgery temperature control. ACT currently serves customers worldwide in Aerospace, Military, Electronics, Medical Equipment, Energy Systems, Calibration Equipment, and Government R&D markets. The company’s quality system is certified to ISO 9001:2000 standards.

ACT Launches Aerospace Products Group

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – May 19, 2006 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc., has been manufacturing products for the aerospace industry for the past three years, and now the company is ready to make it official by launching its Aerospace Products Group.

“With the rapid growth and focus on more activity in the aerospace market, this was the right time to launch a division for aerospace products,” says ACT President Jon Zuo.

The emphasis of the new Aerospace Products Group will be in providing cost-effective, two-phase thermal control products to the commercial, military and government aerospace markets. Utilizing the extensive experience of ACT’s highly specialized design engineers, the company has introduced products specifically for the aerospace market, including Constant Conductance Heat Pipes (CCHP) and Variable Conductance Heat Pipes (VCHP).

As Zuo notes, the aerospace environment differs greatly from the environment on earth, where heat can be dissipated into the air. In space, heat must be collected, transported and dissipated through highly specialized means. With increased interest in space exploration and travel, including the potential for space tourism, thermal controls are more critical than ever.

The Constant Conductance Heat Pipes (CCHP) produced by ACT transport heat from a heat source to a heat sink with a very small temperature difference. Heat can be transported in either direction and are used to transfer heat from specific thermal loads to a radiator panel or as part of an integrated radiator panel.

The Variable Conductance Heat Pipes (VCHP) utilize specially designed gas reservoirs to provide passive temperature control in a wide variety of operating conditions.

In addition, ACT’s Aerospace Products Group is developing advanced thermal products for next generation spacecraft thermal control. Among these advanced products are titanium/water heat pipes for high temperature thermal control of 70 to 250°C, intermediate temperature heat pipes for 200 to 450°C and heat pipe exchangers for manned spacecraft thermal control.

ACT is a developer and manufacturer of advanced heat pipes, pumped single and two-phase loops and thermal storage devices. ACT specializes in technology development and custom thermal product design and manufacturing for worldwide customers in aerospace, military, electronics, medical equipment, energy systems, calibration and government R&D markets. ACT’s technologies have been used in a wide range of applications from spacecraft thermal control to catalytic reactor cooling to medical surgery temperature control.

ACT is located at the Burle Business Park at 1046 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The newly expanded 11,400-square foot ACT facilities includes office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces, with capabilities for performing complex design, analysis manufacture and testing. The company’s quality system is certified to ISO 9001:2000 standards.

 

ACT Takes Six Projects to SBIR/STTR Phase II Level

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – March 24, 2006 – Since its start in 2003, Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has done what few other companies have been able to do: They have been approved for nine Phase I SBIR/STTR projects, with all six of the completed projects proceeding to the Phase II Level.

The SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) program and the STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) program are highly competitive programs through the enactment of the 1982 Small Business Innovation Development Act, with the objective of encouraging small businesses to explore new technologies with the incentive of profiting from commercial development.

ACT has been able to meet the eligibility criteria to participate in the SBIR program as an American-owned and independently operated for-profit business, with the company size limited to 500 employees.

As a developer and manufacturer of heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops and thermal storage devices, ACT’s products and technologies have been used in temperature ranges from -150 to 1,100°C, for applications that include space craft thermal control, catalytic reactor cooling and medical surgery temperature control.

Since 2003, ACT has applied for and been awarded nine Phase I grants for projects for the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force, Missile Defense Agency, Department of Energy and NASA. Of those Phase I projects, six have been completed and all six have proceeded to Phase II status, which awards up to $750,000 in contracts and up to two years toward expanding research, continuing R&D work and evaluating the potential for commercialization.

Through these projects, ACT is developing a variety of advanced thermal technologies including heat exchangers with passive temperature control, thermal buses capable of cooling discrete heat sources, heat spreaders capable of high heat fluxes, chemical reaction based heat storage, and high temperature heat pipes. These technologies have potential applications in future military, aerospace and commercial systems.

ACT is located at the Burle Business Park at 1046 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The newly expanded 11,400-square foot ACT facilities includes office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces, with capabilities for performing complex design, analysis manufacture and testing.

ACT Expands into New Facility

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – February 28, 2006 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has expanded into a new facility located in the same business park. The address and all the phone numbers of ACT remain unchanged. The new facility measures approximately 11,400ft2 and consists of office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces.

In addition to the facility expansion, ACT has also enjoyed substantial growths in staff, technology and product offering. The company currently has more than twenty full time employees and a number of part time employees. Its Technology Development Group explores a variety of leading edge thermal technologies. Their work has produced a number of inventions which resulted in two U.S. patents in the past two years. Its Engineering Services & Products Group currently serves more than fifty customers worldwide, providing diverse and custom thermal products and services. The company’s quality system is certified to ISO 9001:2000 standards.

ACT is a developer and manufacturer of advanced heat pipes, pumped single and two-phase loops and thermal storage devices. ACT specializes in technology development and custom thermal product design and manufacturing. ACT’s technologies have been used in applications from spacecraft thermal control to catalytic reactor cooling to medical surgery temperature control. ACT currently serves customers worldwide in aerospace, military, electronics, medical equipment, energy systems, calibration equipment, and government R&D markets.

ACT Receives ISO 9001:2000 Certification

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – December 15, 2005 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has received the ISO 9001:2000 international quality certification by Intertek Testing Services. ACT’s quality objective is to provide a superior standard of service to our customers through good professional practice and quality of our products and services. Quality and continuous improvement are basic ACT operating principles. Achievement of the ISO 9001:2000 certification emphasizes that commitment to our customers.

“Providing the level of customer service and product reliability we were striving for requires a strong quality plan.” says Mr. John Hartenstine, Quality Assurance Manager at ACT, “I believe our commitment to a strong quality system and continuous improvement will provide immediate benefits to our customers.”

The ISO 9001:2000 standard establishes a Quality Management System (QMS) that consistently provides products that meet customers’ requirements and enhances customer satisfaction through continuous improvement activities. The standard is structured into four major generic business processes: management responsibility, resource management, product realization, and measurement, analysis and improvement.

ACT is a developer and manufacturer of advanced heat pipes, pumped single and two-phase loops and thermal storage devices. ACT specializes in technology development and custom thermal product design and manufacturing. ACT’s technologies have been used in applications from spacecraft thermal control to catalytic reactor cooling to medical surgery temperature control. ACT currently serves customers worldwide in aerospace, military, electronics, medical equipment, energy systems, calibration equipment, and government R&D markets.

Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc. is a worldwide leader in testing, inspection and Quality Management Systems certifications and is accredited by the RvA (the Royal Dutch Council for Accreditation) and ANAB (the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board).

 

ACT to Develop High Capacity Thermal Storage Technology for the U.S. Air Force

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – July 31, 2005 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has started a Phase II project to develop high capacity thermal storage technology for directed energy systems thermal control applications.

The Air Force contract is a Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Phase II program, funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The principal objective of this program is to develop a high capacity thermal storage technology that is capable of absorbing and storing high heat fluxes at a capacity far greater than the current state of the art phase change materials (PCM) can provide. The Phase I program was completed in March 2005 and successfully demonstrated the feasibility of the technology for thermal control of high power directed energy systems.

Dr. Chanwoo Park, a Senior Engineer of ACT, is the Principal Investigator on this Phase II program. The University of Nevada – Reno is the research partner on the program, providing critical materials packaging technology. A major U.S. defense contractor is a subcontractor on the program, in support of the integration of the thermal storage technology in a baseline directed energy system.

ACT is a developer and manufacturer of heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops, and thermal storage devices. ACT’s products and technologies have been used in temperature ranges from -150 to 1,100°C, for applications from spacecraft thermal control to catalytic reactor cooling to medical surgery temperature control. ACT currently serves customers worldwide in electronics, medical equipment, energy systems, calibration equipment, aerospace, military, and government R&D sectors.

ACT Successfully Demonstrates High Temperature Heat Pipe Wing Leading Edge for Space Reentry Vehicles

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – May 31, 2005 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has successfully demonstrated a new high temperature heat pipe technology. This work was performed for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Denver, Colorado, prime contractor of an Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Vehicle Directorate sponsored program related to heat pipe cooled leading edges for aerospace vehicles. CCS Associates, Bethel Park, Pennsylvania was also involved in the heat pipe design.

The heat pipe, fabricated in the shape of a wing leading edge, is designed to accept the heat generated on the leading edge by aero-heating and to dissipate the heat by radiation and convection from the remaining surface of the wing. The heat pipe is a full-scale modular section of a wing, approximately 4″ wide and 36″ long. The envelope and wick are made of a proprietary superalloy, and the working fluid is Lithium. The heat pipe is designed to operate at up to 1,100°C. The heat flux on the leading edge will be greater than 100W/cm2.

ACT is a developer and manufacturer of heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops, and thermal storage devices. ACT’s products and technologies have been used in temperature ranges from -150 to 1,100°C, for applications from spacecraft thermal control to catalytic reactor cooling to medical surgery temperature control.

ACT awarded SBIR contracts from NASA, Navy and DOE

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – April 30, 2005 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has been awarded three contracts from NASA, Navy and DOE (Department of Energy) to develop advanced thermal control technologies.

The NASA contract is a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase II program, funded by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The principal objective of this program is to develop a hybrid cooling loop technology that combines the robust operation of mechanically pumped loops with the passive control of capillary pumped loops. The Phase I program was completed in July 2004 and successfully demonstrated the feasibility of the technology concept. A more detailed description of the hybrid cooling loop technology can be found here. This technology is currently pending for the U.S. patent approval. The Phase II program started in April 2005 and will last through March 2007. Engineering units of the hybrid loop technology will be designed, fabricated and tested for a baseline spacecraft thermal control application.

Dr. Jon Zuo, President and Chief Technical Officer of ACT, will be the Principal Investigator on this Phase II program. Dr. Chanwoo Park, a Senior Engineer of ACT, will provide technical support to the program. Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory will be a subcontractor on the program, in support of the liquid control mechanism development.

The Navy contract is a SBIR Phase I program, funded by the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC). The principal objective of this program is to develop a variable conductance heat pipe (VCHP) heat exchanger for passive temperature control of fuel cell reformers. Mr. David Sarraf, a Senior Engineer of ACT, will be the Principal Investigator on this Phase I program.

The DOE contract is a SBIR Phase I program, funded by DOE’s Chicago Office. The principal objective of this program is to develop refractory metal based, capillary assisted lithium film cooling of plasma facing components. The technology is intended for the advanced fusion reactors. Mr. Peter Dussinger, Manager of High-Temperature Programs & Products at ACT, will be the Principal Investigator on this Phase I program.

ACT is a developer and manufacturer of heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops, and thermal storage devices. ACT’s products and technologies have been used in temperature ranges from -150 to 1,100°C, for applications from spacecraft thermal control to catalytic reactor cooling to medical surgery temperature control. ACT currently serves customers worldwide in electronics, medical equipment, energy systems, calibration equipment, aerospace, military, and government R&D sectors.

ACT Starts Aerospace R&D Programs

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – February 4, 2005 – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announces the start of two new R&D programs for NASA. ACT has started the Phase II of the Radiator Demonstration Unit (RDU) program for NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC). The Phase II program will design, fabricate and test an advanced space radiator unit that operates at high temperatures. The intended application is for thermal control of nuclear-to-electric propulsion systems for NASA’s Project Prometheus. The Phase II program will last for 15 months, with the final testing taking place at NASA GRC. The program budget is over $1.3M.

Dr. William Anderson, a Principal Engineer of ACT, is the Principal Investigator and Program Manager on this contract. Alliant Techsystems, Inc. (Composite Optics), of San Diego, California, is a subcontractor in support of the radiator panel manufacturing.

ACT has also started a SBIR Phase I program for NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) to develop a heat pipe heat exchanger that provides enhanced isolation between the fluid streams without compromising the heat exchange performance. The intended application is for thermal control of crew compartment and electronic equipment onboard manned spacecraft.

Mr. David Sarraf, a Senior Engineer of ACT, is the Principal Investigator on this program. Hamilton Sundstrand Space Systems, of Windsor Locks, Connecticut, is the subcontractor in support of the technology development and system integration effort.

ACT is a developer and manufacturer of heat pipes, pumped liquid and two-phase loops, and thermal storage devices. ACT’s products and technologies have been used in temperature ranges from -150 to 1,100 C, for applications from spacecraft thermal control to catalytic reactor cooling to medical surgery temperature control. ACT currently serves customers worldwide in electronics, medical equipment, energy systems, calibration equipment, aerospace, military, and government R&D sectors.

ACT Reduces Price of Standard Isothermal Furnace Liners and Introduces New Ultra High Temperature Isothermal Furnace Liners

Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announces substantial Price and Lead Time reduction of its Isothermal Furnace Liner (IFL) products. Since June 2004, prices of the Standard IFLs have been reduced by 25% from historical prices. Starting September 1, 2004, this price reduction will be permanent. The delivery lead time for standard IFLs will also be reduced from 8 – 12 weeks to 5 – 6 weeks.

“During the past year, we have aggressively looked for ways to improve manufacturing efficiency, and the efforts are beginning to pay off”, says Mr. Peter Dussinger, Manager of High-Temperature Programs & Products at ACT. “We are now in a position to pass the cost savings onto our customers.”

In addition to the price and lead time reduction, ACT announces the expansion of the IFL product line by introducing a line of Ultra High Temperature Isothermal Furnace Liner (UHT-IFL) products. Compared to current IFLs that typically operate up to 1,100°C, the UHT-IFLs operate with significantly improved durability in higher temperature ranges. The UHT-IFLs are available in all the Standard IFL sizes.

The IFL product line was transferred to ACT from Thermacore, Inc. in April 2003, following the completion of an exclusive licensing agreement between the two companies. During the past year, ACT has manufactured IFLs for customers in precision temperature calibration, materials processing, and other technology applications.

ACT is a developer and manufacturer of advanced heat pipes, pumped single and two-phase loops and thermal storage devices. Our products have been used in temperatures ranging from -120 to 1,100°C. Our technologies have been used in diverse applications from spacecraft thermal control to catalytic reactor cooling to medical surgery temperature control. We serve customers worldwide in aerospace, military, electronics, medical equipment, energy systems, calibration equipment, and government R&D markets. Our mission is to serve the customers’ needs for advanced thermal technologies and products.

ACT Develops Advanced Heat Pipes for Aerospace Applications

Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has received a contract from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to develop advanced heat pipes for NASA’s high temperature space radiators. The advanced heat pipes will operate in the temperature range of 500 to 800K, providing critical heat transport and spreading for thermal control of nuclear thermal-to-electric conversion systems.

Mr. Peter Dussinger, Manager of High-Temperature Programs & Products at ACT, is the Principal Investigator and Program Manager on this contract.

“The human and robotic explorations being planned by NASA will require nuclear thermal-to-electric conversion systems”, said Mr. Donald Ernst, Director of Business Development at ACT, “These systems require heat pipes to operate at temperatures that have never been demonstrated before. Our extensive experience with diverse heat pipe technologies and applications will be a big help in these development efforts”.

ACT was notified of the award of a STTR Phase I contract from the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) through the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The MDA/AFRL project will develop a high capacity thermal storage technology for cooling of directed energy weapons systems. Dr. Chanwoo Park, a Senior Engineer of ACT, will be the Principal Investigator on the project. The University of Nevada-Reno will be a partner on the project.

ACT was also notified of the award of a SBIR Phase II contract from the U.S. Army Tank Automotive & Armament Command (TACOM). This project will develop an integrated thermal management system that is capable of acquiring high heat fluxes from discrete sources and interfacing with the existing infrastructure of next generation vehicles. Dr. Jon Zuo, Chief Technical Officer of ACT, will be the Principal Investigator on this contract. Hamilton Sundstrand and Thermacore, Inc. will be the subcontractors.

ACT is a high technology small business specializing in heat transfer technologies. Founded in January 2003 and headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, ACT’s mission is to develop innovative thermal technologies and provide technology based thermal products to customers in electronics, energy systems, aerospace, military and government sectors.

ACT’s two main business areas are Technology Development and Engineering Services & Products. The Technology Development business undertakes both externally and internally sponsored research and development activities. The Engineering Services & Products business designs and fabricates thermal devices and systems that satisfy customers’ specific thermal and mechanical requirements.

ACT Featured in Local Newspaper

June 18, 2004, Lancaster, Pennsylvania – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) was featured in the local newspaper, Lancaster New Era. Below is the feature article in the newspaper’s June 17, 2004 Business Section.

LANCASTER, PA, ABLE TO TAKE THE HEAT
Publication Source Lancaster New Era
Publication Date 2004-06-17

June 17 – A young company’s expertise in getting rid of heat that’s a byproduct of running high-tech equipment has created a byproduct of its own: Growth.

Advanced Cooling Technologies Inc. specializes in developing ways to draw away and dissipate heat generated by not only electronic equipment, but also nuclear-powered systems. And in one case, the human body.

Established just 18 months ago, ACT is solving the problem of “waste heat” on both Navy ships and spaceships, among other projects.

In April alone, ACT landed three research and development contracts totaling $545,000. One, for $230,000, is to help the Navy convert hydraulically powered surface ships, such as cruisers and destroyers, to electrical propulsion. The others have aerospace applications, such as finding better ways to remove heat from space vehicles, including the space shuttle, as they re-enter the earth’s atmosphere.

With projects such as these, ACT is on its way to fulfilling the expectations of one of its founders, Jon Zuo, its president and chief technical officer. “I saw some opportunities in the government and military and aerospace thermo-management areas, so I came out and started this new company,” said Zuo. To do so, Zuo left his research and development job at Thermacore Inc., a local company that’s been a pioneer in the development of heat pipes, which are used to cool sophisticated electronics systems. ACT uses heat pipes in about half of its work, but also develops and manufactures other heat-transfer systems, Zuo said. Zuo and two other founders, who do not wish to be named, formed ACT in January 2003. The company is in the Burle Business Park, 1046 New Holland Ave.

In a sense, the company has come full circle, Zuo pointed out. Burle was the location of the former RCA Corp., which spawned Thermacore. Thermacore, 780 Eden Road, was founded in 1970 by Yale Eastman, now on ACT’s board of directors. Thermacore was acquired in 2001 by Modine Manufacturing of Racine, Wisconsin.

Including Zuo, ACT now has nine full-time employees, with possibly two or three more to be added by year-end, Zuo said. Zuo expects the company to reach annual revenues of $3 million in 2005, double the $1.5 million projected for this year.

ACT’s three-year Navy project is being done under a contract with the University of California at Los Angeles and the Office of Naval Research. ACT is using a vaporization process, rather than heat pipes, to remove heat from a ship’s electrical propulsion system. “The vaporization process is a very, very effective way of absorbing heat,” says Zuo. In the prototypes being developed by ACT, the vapor is then moved to a condenser/heat exchanger to dissipate the heat, Zuo explained.

As for the other two aerospace projects, Zuo declined to identify the defense contractors that awarded the contracts to ACT. But he did say ACT is involved in President Bush’s aerospace initiatives, in that the company is working with NASA on ways to dissipate heat from equipment aboard spacecraft. Specifically, ACT is working on Project Prometheus, deep-space exploration planned for 2015, and is developing heat pipes to be incorporated into a nuclear-powered propulsion system.

Venturing into the biomedical field, ACT just developed a product for a medical equipment manufacturer that uses heat-pipe technology to freeze cancerous tissue before surgery. “We can cool that spot from plus 40 degrees Celsius to minus 40 degrees Celsius in less than three minutes,” said Zuo. (That’s 104 Fahrenheit to minus 40 Fahrenheit.) Similarly, the company was called upon when a Hong Kong airport, reacting to last year’s SARS outbreak, was installing optical sensors to detect the body temperatures of passengers, to flag those with fevers; ACT developed calibration equipment for that.

In terms of defense contracts, Zuo noted that ACT just received a $100,000 contract from the Missile Defense Agency to begin development of a thermo-storage device for a defense weapons system that would dissipate and store heat generated by laser equipment.

Also, Zuo expects the company to develop electronics cooling technologies for the telecommunications industry and the energy market, namely in fuel cells.

Before founding ACT, Zuo spent seven years at Thermacore, after working as a post-doctoral research associate for Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. A native of China, Zuo came to the United States in 1991 after earning a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Huavhong Institute of Technology. He received his doctorate from the University of Central Florida. Married and the father of two, Zuo, 36, resides in Manheim Township.

ACT is a high technology small business specializing in heat transfer technologies. Founded in January 2003 and headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, ACT’s mission is to develop innovative thermal technologies and provide technology based thermal products to customers in electronics, energy systems, aerospace, military and government sectors.

ACT’s two main business areas are Technology Development and Engineering Services & Products. The Technology Development business undertakes both externally and internally sponsored research and development activities. The Engineering Services & Products business designs and fabricates thermal devices and systems that satisfy customers’ specific thermal and mechanical requirements.

ACT Starts Development Programs with UCLA, ONR and Lockheed Martin

April 30, 2004, Lancaster, Pennsylvania – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) announces the starting of three important programs in April 2004. These programs will produce advanced hardware for thermal management of high power military and aerospace systems. UCLA, Office of Naval Research (ONR), and Lockheed Martin are among the customers of these programs. The advanced hardware will be designed to operate at temperatures up to 1,100°C.

ACT is a high technology small business specializing in heat transfer technologies. Founded in January 2003 and headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, ACT’s mission is to develop innovative thermal technologies and provide technology based thermal products to customers in electronics, energy systems, aerospace, military and government sectors.

ACT’s two main business areas are Technology Development and Engineering Services & Products. The Technology Development business undertakes both externally and internally sponsored research and development activities. The Engineering Services & Products business designs and fabricates thermal devices and systems that satisfy customers’ specific thermal and mechanical requirements.

ACT Exits First Fiscal Year With Success

January 20, 2004, Lancaster, Pennsylvania – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) completed its first year of operation on December 31, 2003. The first fiscal year started on January 23, 2003 when ACT was formed.

Some highlights in ACT’s first year include:

  • ACT was incorporated in January 2003.
  • Reached a Teaming Agreement with Thermacore International, Inc. in March 2003.
  • Moved into a 3,000ft2 facility in Burle Business Park in May 2003.
  • Delivered the first copper/water heat pipes to commercial customer in August 2003.
  • Delivered the first Inconel/sodium heat pipe furnace liner to commercial customer in September 2003.
  • Submitted the first U.S. patent application in October 2003.
  • Awarded a NASA prime contract and four SBIR Phase I contracts.
  • Expanded into a 4,200ft2 facility in Burle Business Park in December 2003.

Currently, ACT serves customers in diverse sectors including the government, military, aerospace, medical equipment, chemical and electronics sectors. ACT’s customers range from Fortune 500 corporations and medium/small businesses to government R&D organizations. The geographical locations of our customers include the U.S., Canada, Egypt, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, and the U.K.

We look forward to continuing the productive relationships with our existing customers and developing new customer relationships in the new year.

ACT is a high technology small business specializing in heat transfer technologies. Founded in January 2003 and headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, ACT’s mission is to develop innovative thermal technologies and provide technology based thermal products to customers in electronics, energy systems, aerospace, military and government sectors.

ACT’s two main business areas are Technology Development and Engineering Services & Products. The Technology Development business undertakes both externally and internally sponsored research and development activities. The Engineering Services & Products business designs and fabricates thermal devices and systems that satisfy customers’ specific thermal and mechanical requirements.

ACT Receives NASA and Army Contracts to Develop Advanced Thermal Management Technologies for Next Generation Space Radiator and Ground Vehicle Applications

December 19, 2004, Lancaster, Pennsylvania – Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) has received a prime contract from the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) to develop an advanced space radiator technology that operates in the temperature range of 20°C to 300°C and offers significant weight reduction. This prime contract will be carried out in two phases, with the Phase I efforts focusing on the radiator trade study and conceptual design and the Phase II efforts focusing on fabricating and testing a radiator demonstration unit. The final testing at the end of Phase II will take place at the test facility at NASA GRC.

Dr. William Anderson, a Principal Engineer of ACT, is the Principal Investigator and Program Manager on the contract. Subcontractors on this project include Composite Optics, Inc., of San Diego, California. The University of Michigan provides consulting to the project on the radiator design optimization.

ACT has also received a SBIR Phase I contract from the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Command to develop an integrated thermal management system that is capable of acquiring high heat fluxes from discrete sources and interfacing with the existing infrastructure of next generation vehicles. Other important features include minimal power consumption and minimal requirement for system control. The advanced thermal management technology will directly support the Army’s next generation weapon systems and tactical vehicles that require significant improvements in survivability, efficiency and performance.

Dr. Jon Zuo, Chief Technical Officer of ACT, is the Principal Investigator on this contract.

ACT is in the contract negotiation process on another SBIR Phase I contract from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This project will develop a robust, high heat flux cooling loop technology for thermal control of spacecraft for future deep space missions. Dr. Jon Zuo will be the Principal Investigator on this contract.

ACT is a high technology small business specializing in heat transfer technologies. Founded in January 2003 and headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, ACT’s mission is to develop innovative thermal technologies and provide technology based thermal products to customers in electronics, energy systems, aerospace, military and government sectors. ACT’s two main business areas are Technology Development and Engineering Services & Products. The Technology Development business undertakes both externally and internally sponsored research and development activities. The Engineering Services & Products business designs and fabricates thermal devices and systems that satisfy customers’ specific thermal and mechanical requirements.

 

ACT Receives Navy Contract to Develop High Performance Heat Spreader Technology

ACT has received a contract from the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) of Philadelphia to develop a heat spreader technology that can be integrated into high power electronic modules for effective thermal management. The high performance heat spreader will be based on proprietary heat transfer technology and is expected to outperform traditional heat spreaders either made of high conductivity materials such as copper, diamond and diamond composites, or using capillary two-phase flow principles such as heat pipes and vapor chambers.

“The Navy’s vision for future warships requires integrated power systems, electromagnetic weapons and high power radars”, said Mr. Michael Kuszewski, the Technical Monitor on the contract at NSWC, “The solid state power conversion inherent in these systems produce heat loads in excess of those in today’s shipboard electrical systems. The power density of the heat generating losses in these devices will eventually surpass 1,000W/cm2. Existing technologies are limited to cooling heat fluxes of approximately 100W/cm2.”

Dr. Jon Zuo, the Principal Investigator on the contract and the Chief Technical Officer of ACT, said, “The goal of this program is to demonstrate the high performance heat spreader technology for cooling 1,000W/cm2 heat fluxes in a shipboard power conversion system environment. In addition to the thermal performance, we are also going to address materials compatibility and system integration issues with the Navy’s zonal system architecture.”

ACT is a high technology small business specializing in heat transfer technologies. Founded in January 2003 and headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, ACT’s mission is to develop innovative thermal technologies and provide technology based thermal products to customers in electronics, energy systems, aerospace, military and government sectors. ACT’s two main business areas are Technology Development and Engineering Services & Products. The Technology Development business undertakes both externally and internally sponsored research and development activities. The Engineering Services & Products business designs and fabricates thermal devices and systems that satisfy customers’ specific thermal and mechanical requirements. More information can be obtained by contacting ACT at: info@1-act.com

 

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