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.

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