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Many of today’s greatest technological advancements have one thing in common: a need to manage heat. Whether it’s controlling process temperatures in semiconductor wafer manufacturing or getting rid of excess heat generated by data centres, power electronics or avionics, heat transfer is critical to a wide range of applications that enable our modern lives.

At 3M, we use science to make lives better on many levels. Our 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids are developed not only to deliver excellent performance in many heat transfer applications, but to do so in a way that doesn’t compromise worker safety or environmental sustainability. Novec Engineered Fluids are dielectric and non-flammable, offer a variety of operating temperature ranges and are low-maintenance, low-mess alternatives to traditional cooling fluids such as water, water glycol or oils used for heat transfer. And they work in many applications, from cold plate cooling for semiconductors to immersion cooling for data centres to spray cooling for avionics. If you’re looking for a better way to beat the heat, contact 3M for help.

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Safe and sustainable high-performance cooling

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Using Novec Engineered Fluids that are specifically designed for heat transfer offers you precise, reliable performance and an assurance that safety and sustainability needs are met. With the demand placed on modern electronics on the rise, use a coolant that is just as advanced.

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    Smart solutions for today's electronics

    When you’re using a fluid for heat transfer, there are many considerations, depending on the application. Novec fluids have:
     

     

    • High dielectric strength, allowing contact with electronics
    • Excellent materials compatibility, making them ideal for your products and equipment
    • A variety of available operating temperature ranges, so you can precisely control your processes
    • Compatibility with many different processes and materials
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    No compromise on worker safety

    3M Novec Engineered Fluids have a wide margin of safety for workers. When migrating from an older cooling method to Novec fluids, this can give you reassurance that you are helping protect the people who power your business. Novec fluids feature:
     

     

    • Low toxicity
    • Non-flammability
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    Environmentally sustainable cooling options

    Novec fluids are developed to be high-performance solutions that don’t compromise environmental responsibility. You can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 99% in your application by replacing perfluorocarbon (PFC) or perfluoropolyether (PFPE) heat transfer fluids with Novec fluids. Novec fluids:
     

     

    • Have low global warming potential (GWP)
    • Have zero ozone depletion potential (ODP)
    • Are not targeted for regulatory phasedown

3M Novec Engineered Fluids for thermal management

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    3M Novec Engineered Fluids are the result of careful engineering for their intended use as a heat transfer fluid. Our engineers created these fluids to meet the highest standards across performance, safety and sustainability. Don’t see what you need? Want assistance choosing? We are constantly working on ways to meet new challenges.

     

    Whatever your heat transfer need, and whatever your industry and business opportunity, the line of 3M Novec fluids available for heat transfer applications features:
     

     

    • A broad range of operating temperatures
    • Individual products with wide operating temperature ranges

    Download the heat transfer product selection guide (PDF, 79 KB)


  • Building on the heat transfer tradition of 3M™ Fluorinert™ Electronic Liquids

    For over 40 years, 3M Fluorinert Electronic Liquids have set the standard for direct contact cooling in the electronics industry, with many successful and innovative applications. 3M Novec Engineered Fluids build on that tradition with outstanding performance plus enhanced sustainability attributes. Contact us for help choosing which product best meets your specifications and goals.

    Learn more about Fluorinert Electronic Liquids (PDF, 76 KB)


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    Semiconductor wafer and equipment cooling

    Semiconductors sit at the heart of the devices and services that are transforming our world today. To deliver more processing power in smaller packages, wafer manufacturing requires exacting temperature control and precision processes. Equip your fab with the latest cooling technology using Novec fluids for heat transfer.

     

    At many stages in the semiconductor fabrication process, these heat transfer fluids can provide an efficient, cost-effective, low-maintenance way of controlling process temperatures. Novec fluids don’t require deionisation like aqueous coolants, are non-flammable and provide excellent temperature uniformity. Find out how Novec Engineered Fluids can help you cool without compromise in:
     

     

    • Cold-plate cooling (CPC)
    • Plasma etching
    • Automated testing
    • Chemical vapour deposition (CVD)
    • Photolithography (steppers)

Immersion cooling for electronics

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    Data centre immersion cooling

    Data centres are critical to every facet of our lives — from business to communications and entertainment. But large data centres consume enormous amounts of electricity, much of it for cooling. Immersion cooling using Novec fluids allows for simple thermal design and has the potential to lower data centre electricity costs related to cooling by up to 97%.

     

    Learn more about data centre immersion cooling

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    Power electronics immersion cooling

    Power electronics are key components of many powerful electric motor applications. The power conversion enabled by these electronics makes possible everything from high-speed electric trains to electric traction systems used in earthmoving equipment. But they require efficient cooling at high density — which can be delivered by a Novec fluid-based immersion cooling system.

     

    Learn more about power electronics immersion cooling


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    Military and aerospace electronics cooling

    The aviation industry and many types of specialised military equipment need compact, efficient, high-reliability cooling. 3M Novec Engineered Fluids have the properties required for the kinds of demands avionics and other critical electronics place on a cooling system. They are also compatible with the spray cooling systems used in high-end avionics and terrestrial applications. In addition to cooling performance, Novec fluids aren't flammable like polyalphaolefin (PAO) and are far less messy than oil-type coolants, allowing for easier maintenance.


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3M Novec is more than a line of products — we’re people who share your passion for solving problems and improving lives, and our experience in a wide variety of heat transfer applications and industries means we are uniquely able to help you solve your challenges. Contact us to answer any questions you may have or to request:
 

 

  • Product data
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  • Assistance ordering Novec Engineered Fluids or choosing between Novec fluids and Fluorinert Electronic Liquids
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