Thermacore DARPA MACE Contract with U.S. Department of Defense Leads to Breakthrough Thermal Technology – Press Release
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LANCASTER, Pa., Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Thermacore, Inc. (www.thermacore.com), a leading provider of advanced thermal solutions, is offering a new generation of compact, custom-built, high-performance air-cooled heat sinks, the result of a multimillion-dollar development contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which ended on September 30, 2012.
The new heat sink products reflect advances by Thermacore in the development and commercialization of active heat sink technologies, achieved as part of the DARPA Micro-technologies for Air-Cooled Exchangers (MACE) program. After the results of Thermacore’s initial MACE demonstration step exceeded DARPA expectations in early 2011, Thermacore proceeded to develop four varieties of passive heat sink products, all representing improved airside heat transfer performance over existing state-of-the-art heat sinks. The design integrates Thermacore’s Therma-Base Vapor Chamber technology within a 3-dimensional thermal solution, with vapor flow spreading heat both laterally in the base and into planar appendage heat pipe blades. High-density fins are attached to the planar blades for enhanced thermal performance.
“We’re excited about the possibilities of this new design for meeting difficult microprocessor cooling challenges, including those found in military applications,” said Nelson Gernert, Thermacore Vice President of Engineering and Technology. “But it’s also important to note that a key element in this new product line is the vapor chamber technology we’ve used successfully for many years.”
The MACE-developed heat sinks will be available for insertion into four chassis cooling formats, 3U through 6U, and will feature excellent thermal uniformity and low thermal resistance. These compact, high-performance air-cooled heat sink products will handle heat loads from 250 Watts to 2,000 Watts depending on model. Although the design and layout of the heat sinks is novel, their construction involves standard materials such as copper (wall and wick) and aluminum (fins); the working fluid can be water or methanol. Mounting features are customizable for each application.
Typical thermal applications for the new product line include cooling avionics in manned and unmanned aircraft, vetronics in ground vehicles, military radars, medical electronics and computer server microprocessors.
For more information about Thermacore and its thermal management solutions, please visit www.thermacore.com, or to download the MACE-developed Compact, High-Performance Air-Cooled Heat Sinks Technical Data Sheet, visit Thermacore’s Design Center at www.thermacore.com/design-center.
Founded in 1970, Thermacore specializes in the custom design, development, and manufacturing of highly engineered thermal management systems and components for a variety of OEM applications across a diversified set of global markets that includes Military/Aerospace, Computer, Communication, Energy Conversion, Medical, Transportation, Test Equipment, and Automotive. With over 40 years of experience in the design, development, and manufacturing of advanced solid conduction assemblies, passive two-phase systems, and active pumped systems, Thermacore brings unparalleled engineering design expertise and thermal solution performance, quality, and reliability to these markets. Thermacore employs more than 180 employees at 5 facilities located in the United States (Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Langhorne, Pennsylvania, Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania, and Ronkonkoma Long Island, New York) and the United Kingdom (Ashington, Northumberland). Thermacore facilities are certified to AS 9100 Rev C., ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 quality standards. For information about Thermacore, visit www.thermacore.com.