Innovations

Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. was founded in January 2003 to develop innovative thermal technologies and commercialize these innovations.  Our original focus was in two phase thermal control.  At present, we are the only U.S. company that manufactures heat pipes and related products for cryogenic, high temperature, and space applications.  Since our founding, we have continued to develop new thermal control technologies, as well as expanding our innovations into other areas.  Our current technology portfolio includes:

  • Thermal storage systems from milli-Joule to giga-Joule
  • Higher temperature (250 to 400°C) heat pipes and loop heat pipes
  • Pressure Controlled Heat Pipe Furnaces capable of ± 5 mK control over a wide temperature range
  • High heat flux cooling (> 1000 W/cm2)
  • Capillary and mechanically pumped two-phase systems for electronics cooling
  • Advanced vapor compression systems for space and airborne systems thermal control
  • Vortex enhanced direct contact heat exchangers for HVAC applications
  • Surface engineering for erosion/corrosion protection as well as enhanced two-phase condensing heat transfer
  • Atomic level modeling of ablation phenomena
  • Advanced catalytic combustion technologies
  • Synfuels Research

In 2011, ACT 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.  Examples of our recent innovations include patents and technical papers.

More examples of our Innovations can be found by clicking on the following links:

Advanced Heat Pipes and Loop Heat Pipes

Advanced Heat Pipes and Loop Heat Pipes including new working fluids, passive thermal control with variable conditions, and freeze/thaw tolerance

Advanced Coatings

Advanced Coatings for corrosion/erosion resistance, boiling enhancement, wettability control to enhance condensation, and Plasma-Enhanced CVD coatings for nanoparticles

Advanced Heat Exchanger Technology

Advanced Heat Exchangers for applications including pulsed operation, passive thermal control of outlet streams, and direct contact for high efficiency

Advanced Multi-Scale Modeling and Research

Advanced Modeling, including ablation materials (atomic), Boltzmann transport models for semiconductors (gate level), and damage and corrosion fatigue models (macro-scale)

ANCER™

ANCER™ Coatings reduce erosion and corrosion by two orders of magnitude when high purity de-ionized water is used in copper microchannel systems

Combustion and Synfuels

Combustion and Synfuels, including fuel reforming for fuel cells, nano-catalysts for low temperature methanol combustion, solar power for synfuels and coal gasification

Custom Test Rig Design and Fabrication

ACT develops and fabricates custom test rigs, examples include thermal/fluids, flammability, ignition, compressibility, thermal/optical, and avionics test rigs

Phase Separation

Momentum-driven Vortex Phase Separators provide gravity-independent separation and inventory management of liquids, gases, and solids

Pumped Liquid Cooling

Pumped Liquid Cooling to cool high powers and heat flues with minimal pressure drop penalty

Two Phase Cooling

Pumped Two-Phase Cooling is often used to cool high heat flux sources, and/or to isothermalize cold plate(s)

Thermal Storage

Thermal Storage is used to smooth out thermal energy during pulsed operation and for short term storage when cooling is interrupted or unavailable

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