Posted by Courtney E. Howard
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 23 Aug. 2010. Wolverine's MicroCool Division and Niagara Thermal Products have entered into a strategic collaborative alliance, focusing on the joint development of custom engineered, aluminum cold plates for liquid cooling systems in complicated electronic devices for the global aerospace and defense market.
"This strategic partnership will provide the defense and aerospace industries around the world with a new, revolutionary level of heat transfer performance where light weight and ultra compact cooling applications are critical," describes Peter Beucher, director of MicroCool. "Our joint product focus fully leverages Wolverine's proprietary micro-channel technology with Niagara Thermal's enhanced joining technology and thermal engineering expertise."
Under the collaboration agreement, the two companies strengthen their mutual thermal engineering capabilities by producing a liquid cooling system with heat transfer capability, says a company representative. By combining Wolverine's proprietary MicroCool fin geometries with Niagara Thermal's aluminum joining technology and heat exchanger design expertise, both companies will deliver next-generation, custom liquid cooling systems, with specific applicability in hybrid electric vehicles, aviation, advanced propulsion systems, alternative energy hardware, UAVs, satellites, radar systems, and other sectors.
“This new relationship will give customers in the aerospace and defense sectors a product technology option to the standard vacuum-brazed aluminum cold plate with folded-fin architecture. Our new collaborative team is prepared to custom engineer specific liquid cold plate solutions with alternative joining techniques that fully leverage the integrated, monolithic fin design, characteristic of MicroCool, for more reliable and cost-effective thermal performance," says Mark Parisi, director of business development for Niagara Thermal. "We can now marry the many advantages of this new revolutionary heat transfer surface with our long-standing inventory of heat exchanger product designs to offer the industry an order of magnitude improvement in total system performance for electronic liquid cooling loops."