A phase change material absorbs and releases thermal energy in order to maintain a regulated temperature.
Can phase change materials (PCM) be a valuable part of a thermal management solution? These ten facts can help you answer that question and determine what PCM might be right for you.
Phase change materials are unique as they provide completely passive thermal regulation – no power is needed to create this thermal regulation. In addition, PCMs can be used over and over again.
Energy savings to owners when used in the construction of buildings and structures.
Cool small electronic devices such as laptops and smartphones when space for active cooling systems is not available.
Provide thermal regulation for textiles in a wide variety of areas including: active wear, infant car seats, hospital linens, outdoor gear, and more.
Provide a better night’s sleep through thermally regulated mattresses, pillows, linen, and other bedding products.
Keep temperature-sensitive products (pharmaceuticals, vaccines, food products, etc.) at the right temperature during transit.
Heating and cooling relief in remote locations without access to electricity.
Heat storage and release in conjunction with alternative energy systems.
Due to the many advantages, we concentrate specifically on organic PCMs. Microtek offers PCMs in three main forms:
Each of these forms has its' own unique advantages and is best suited to certain applications.
This is a PCM Blend in its' simplest form. The material is a solid below its' melt point and a liquid above its' melt point.
The material can be melted above its' melt point and then poured into the suitable container (pouch, piping, plastic molded parts, etc.).
Available upon request.
-30°C, -10°C, 6°C, 18°C, 24°C, 28°C, 32°C, 37°C, 43°C and 58°C.
Shipping and packaging, solar energy systems, radiant heat flooring, industrial/commercial apparel (work vests, etc.), thermal pouches and custom applications.
Encapsulation of the PCM creates a tiny, microscopic container for the PCM. This means that regardless of whether the PCM is in its' solid or liquid state, the PCM will be contained. The capsules have excellent chemical and thermal stability (250°C+).
The PCM microcapsules can be incorporated directly onto textiles, into latex or PU foams, into adhesives, into insulation, etc.
Slurry: Mean capsule diameter: 2-3 um, 35- 45% solids aqueous suspension
Wet cake: Mean capsules diameter: 14-24 um, ~70% solids, 30% water
Dry powder: Mean capsule diameter: 14-24 um; >97% solids
Available Upon Request
Slurry form: 24°C, 28°C, and 32°C.
Wet cake and dry powder forms: -10°C, 6°C, 18°C, 24°C, 28°C, 32°C, 37°C, 43°C
Bedding: latex and foam mattresses, pillows, linens, toppers, ticking
Construction: insulation, roofing, flooring, cement, paint, adhesives
Electronics: portable devices, instrumentation, automotive, defense