Thermacore, a provider of advanced thermal-management solutions, acquired Pittsburgh Materials Technology (PMT). PMT, which will join Lancaster, Pa.-based Thermacore as a division, specializes in complex material joining, refractory-metal alloy development and characterization, and mechanical testing to 3600°F. The acquisition gives Thermacore a new range of in-house materials fabrication capabilities and materials expertise to add to its existing thermal-management products and services.

Among the capabilities that PMT will add to Thermacore's existing strengths is vacuum brazing of complex aluminum cold plates and heat exchangers used in electronic systems. PMT's experience with refractory-metal alloys will help Thermacore's engineers apply thermal-management solutions in high-temperature applications. In addition, PMT offers the engineering expertise to apply high- and ultrahigh-vacuum technology to material processing and testing. PMT's has recently participated in an innovative Department of Defense project that strengthens an aluminum composite alloy fivefold.