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 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.


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


Amanda Hershey
Marketing Specialist
Phone: +1 (717) 205-0625


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