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.