Why use Micro Deformation Technology for Liquid Cooling?

MicroCool Micro Deformation Technology (MDT) is a low-cost, non-subtractive manufacturing method for creating fin and pin surfaces for use in heat transfer applications. This patented process mechanically and plastically deforms the work piece to form finite and repeatable micro-channels.

How does this benefit you?

Liquid cooling of cold plates and base plates appears to be the near-term solution for the current cooling demand of the power electronics market. Although well-known manufacturing methods can produce adequate cold plates and base plates for liquid cooling, new manufacturing processes and associated new geometries could significantly improve the hydrodynamic and thermal performances of current solutions. A numerical and experimental investigation has been carried out in order to evaluate the impact on the thermal performances of new pin and fin geometries applied to liquid cooling of power electronics. It is concluded that new geometries can provide a significant improvement on the thermal performances.

If you would like to learn how Micro Deformation Technology (MDT) provides the best thermal performance, please read our findings in this free publication:

That’s not all!

Check out this free online software can help you quickly determine which type of MDT fin or pin geometry will best suit your performance needs. 


Wieland Microcool’s cold plate simulator – Try it today!

A free cold plate simulator

MicroCool Tool is a user-friendly and hands-on cold plate simulator for cooling elements developed for a diverse range of electronic cooling applications including CPU configurations, racks, servers, GPU graphics chips, high-output LEDs, power modules, IGBTs, power semiconductors, and FETs.

This simulator helps you quickly determine which type of MDT fin or pin geometry will best suit your performance needs. With just a few inputs, the correlation-based software:

  • Provides thermal resistance, cold plate and fluid temperatures, as well as pressure drop performance
  • Evaluates straight fins, in-line pin fins, and staggered pin fin geometries
  • Handles single-phase coolants (best methods including entrance effects)
  • Determines once-through and split flow (for pressure drop designs)
  • Generates complete graphical simulations.  (Including 3D PDF output with graphs and incremental calculation output of the thermal views) and set of input/output results

This software was developed in conjunction with John Thome, Professor of Heat and Mass Transfer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. Thome is an industry leader in heat transfer and two-phase cooling. Learn More Here.

Start today!  Run your own simulation. Download PDF Instructions. If you need any assistance, call 1-800-633-4078 or email us at info@microcooling.com.

Wieland Microcool Cold Plate Advantage

What is the Microcool cold plate advantage? What makes our cold plates for liquid cooling the best performing cold plates?

  • Robust lead-free friction stir weld design
  • Available electroless nickel plating inside and out to protect against corrosion with certain coolants
  • Easily customize your design simply by changing the density of the MDT fin or pin fin geometry inside without changing the entire design
  • Fast delivery: Next day shipping available on our 3000 series standard cold plates.

Bottom line

MicroCool designs and manufactures the best performing and most cost-effective cold plates for liquid cooling available today.

Visit www.microcooling.com to learn more. Our engineers are available to answer any design questions you may have.


Need a Custom Cold Plate Design?

Why use MicroCool to design your Custom Cold Plate?

Our engineering team can design a custom cold plate to fit your special requirements and thermal specifications.  Using our patented and highly flexible Micro Deformation Technology (MDT), MicroCool can develop a custom cold plate cooling solution for your specific application.  If you need a large plate, double-sided or a custom casting, MicroCool is your one-stop source for designing and manufacturing.

custom cold plates


We have a myriad of products to improve reliability and thermal efficiency in electronic cooling, maximizing thermal & pressure drop performance.  Try our MicroCool Tool simulator to determine which type of MDT fin or pin will best suit your performance needs.

Contact us today!

Come join us at PCIM Asia


PCIM is an international meeting ground for specialists in power electronics and its applications in drive technologies and power quality. This year PCIM Asia will be held in Shanghai (Pudong) China on June 28-30.

As an industry leader in base plate, cold plate and total cooling loop system designs, Wolverine Tube’s Microcool Division will be exhibiting at PCIM Asia.  Make sure you come to Booth B06 and learn more about our Micro Deformation Technology, Friction Stir Welding and our Custom Aluminum Extrusions.


You will also be able to see some samples of our 2000 & 3000 series cold plates.  See why our technology and custom design capability maximizes thermal conductivity and optimize thermal resistance while reducing pressure drop.  Microcool designs and manufactures the best performing and most cost effective cold plates available today.  Make sure you come by our booth to see these first hand.


about us

Wieland Microcool is an industry leader in base plate, cold plate and total cooling loop system designs. We offer a myriad of fin and custom pin fin geometries designed to improve reliability and thermal efficiency in cooling electronic systems.


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