Advanced Cooling Technologies Continues Cold Plate Innovations

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Advanced Cooling Technologies, a pioneer in heat pipes and thermal management, continues innovations with cold plates.

The thermal experts at Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) 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 optimal 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,” says 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 to improve 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 their customers with the best performing and most cost effective cold plate products.

For more information about ACT’s cold plates, click on the link below:

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 Systems.

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 single and two-phase heat transfer devices. They are the inventors/co-inventors of numerous U.S. and international patents and the authors/co-authors of hundreds of scientific publications.

ACT’s facility measures more than 30,000 square feet, including office, laboratory and manufacturing spaces. It houses 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 5mW to 540kW.

For more information about ACT, please visit

Media Contact:
Pete Ritt
Vice President, Technical Services
E-mail: Pete(dot)Ritt(at)1-ACT(dot)com
Phone: +1 (717) 295-6063

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