GORE® Cooling Filters (GCF) enable you to lower your system costs by taking full advantage of the natural thermal efficiencies of ambient air. Our filters protect your equipment from harmful contaminants and corrosives for several years while requiring no regular maintenance.

High reliable cooling technology

Unlike large, energy consuming cooling systems, GORE® Cooling Filters enable you to take full advantage of the natural thermal efficiencies of ambient air while simultaneously lowering your system costs. GORE® Direct Air Cooling Filters are smaller and require fewer parts than bulky HEX and AC units. This reduces space usage and simplifies maintenance.


GORE® Cooling Filters offers the most efficient and reliable cooling technology available for outdoor electronic enclosures. Unlike closed loop systems like AC and HEX, GORE® Cooling Filters enable the use of DAC by providing critical environmental protection – allowing you to take full advantage of natural thermal efficiency of air.


Gore‘s standard product line of Cooling Filters offers unique sizes that incorporate the high performance Gore filtration media into a lightweight, durable ABS polymer frame. The product offering can be integrated into a variety of enclosure designs in order to reduce weight and cost.

Cooling Filters


With sales and market experience of more than 15 years and several hundred thousand GORE® Cooling Filters deployed globally, Gore has gathered unparalleled in-depth application knowledge. Based on global field testing under various climatic conditions, we are in the position to provide our customers with realistic lifetime modeling projections that help to minimize maintenance uncertainties.

Features & Benefits


Cooling Filters Thermal Efficiency Graph

Improves Thermal Efficiency

  • No thermal transfer loss
  • Better Watts/K cooling capacity
  • More uniform airflow through cabinet
  • Wider temperature deployment range
Features and Benefits Operational Cost

Lower Operational Costs

  • Uses less energy than AC and HEX
  • Requires less maintenance
  • Significantly improves MTBF
Cooling Filters Capital Expenses Graph

Lower Capital Expenses

  • Cost much less than air conditioning
  • Lower power consumption reduces the back-up energy requirement
  • Simplifies component placement
Cooling Filters Smaller Size and Less Noise Graph

Smaller Size and Less Noise

  • Smaller installation area for a given cooling capacity
  • Lower weight reduces transportation and installation costs
  • No external fans for lower noise emissions

Direct air is one of the most efficient cooling methods available. When combined with high efficiency filters, DAC offers high protection from salt, dust, water and other contaminants. This results in the most reliable and cost-effective protection for your sensitive electronics. GORE® Cooling Filters technology enables direct air cooling by providing critical contamination protection while still allowing high airflow. Unlike bulky heat exchangers or costly air conditioning systems, GORE® Cooling Filters let you benefit from the thermal efficiency of ambient air while reducing capital and operational costs.


High efficiency membrane protects from even submicron particles. Our unique expanded polytetrafluoroethylene membrane's microporous structure provides E12 particle filtration efficiency according to EN188 yet still allows high flows of cool, clean air to pass through to system electronics. It provides long term protection and easily meets an IP6X dust rating.

Protects against Salts and Corrosive Particles. GORE® Cooling Filter’s inert membrane easily screens out damaging salt sprays, and other corrosives. This ensures longer life for system electronics and cabinetry.

Water Tight Construction. The filter's hydrophobic membrane, ABS polymer frame, and robust sealing system prevent water ingress in alignment with an IPX5 ingress protection rating.

High Durability, Lower Opex Costs. Besides their low initial costs and small size, GORE® Cooling Filter’s ruggedized construction and fewer replacement parts also leads to significant reductions in ongoing maintenance and service costs. No matter which GORE® Cooling Filter you choose for your electronic enclosure, our applications team will ensure the most operationally efficient cooling solution.


Reliable protection of system electronics requires highly efficient filtering of ambient air to remove submicron particles and aerosols while also preventing water ingress into the cabinet. This is best achieved by using membrane filter media, which provides 99.5% particle filtration efficiency at the 0.1um level yet still allows high airflow. Not only do membrane filters eliminate costly failures caused by corrosion and other pollutants, but they are also maintenance free and have longer lifetimes than non-membrane alternatives.

Unlike conventional non-membrane filters, GORE® Cooling Filters have been specifically developed for outdoor cooling and protection under extreme environmental and climatic conditions. GORE® Membrane offers the lowest pressure drop at a given filtration efficiency, allowing you to select smaller fans and limit noise pollution. 

Membrane Filter (500X SEM)

Membrane Filters

GORE expanded PTFE membrane’s microporous structure provides higher filtration efficiency

Non-Membrane Filter (500X SEM)

Non-Membrane Filter

The open structure of non-membrane filters lets dust and small particles pass right through into cabinet

Engineering & Support


Typical initial resistance of a GORE® Cooling Filter is approximately 50 Pascals and increases over its lifetime depending on the air particle concentration and operating conditions. To maximize filter lifetime, selecting the right fan is critical.

The fans should be set to ensure minimum temperature fluctuation within specified ranges. Control of the internal temperature is influenced by many variables including: ambient temperature, solar radiation, heat load and filter resistance. These variables are addressed by using fan control logic that offers either simple speed control or advanced (thermostatic) features depending on system requirements.

Gore Applications Engineers can help you to select the appropriate fan type and position to optimize the life of your electronics and filter.


To ensure a good seal between enclosure and GORE® Cooling Filter, there is a compressible gasket integrated in the frame.


The pleats must be oriented vertically to ensure optimal performance. The filter is designed for unilateral flow, refer to the airflow arrow on the label. Integrating the GORE® Cooling filter in the enclosure design is typically done using mounting brackets or frames as illustrated in the following graphic.

Cooling Filter Sealing

It is critical to maintain a consistent gasket compression around the perimeter. Additionally, a minimum of 10 mm clearance on each filter side is recommended to prevent distortion from thermal expansion. For further design and mounting recommendations specific to your application, please contact a Gore specialist.

Performance Characteristics

Selecting appropriate GORE® Cooling Filter size requires a basic understanding of the required airflow or heat dissipation as well as the available mounting area for the filter.

All installations have variations in the environmental specifications. The Filter Performance table is used to show relative performance at standard parameters. Specific calculations are required for individual installations and may differ from standard parameters.

Gore application engineers are available to help solve your heat dissipation needs, calculating the filter performance for your specific application and recommend an available filter size.

Part Number Filter Attributes Filter Performance
Height (mm) Width (mm) Depth (mm) Weight (kg) Maximum Air Flow (m3/hr) Equivalent Heat Dissipation Capacity (W) 1 New Filter Pressure Drop (ΔP) vs. Airflow (Q) Curves
CF541163 692 500 48 2.7 500 1613 ΔP (Pa) = 0.11 x Q (m³/h)
CF541211 200 345 90 1.2 162.5 524 ΔP (Pa) = 0.34 x Q (m³/h)
CF541237 605 454.5 57.2 2.2 450 1452 ΔP (Pa) = 0.12 x Q (m³/h)
CF541238 455 305 57.2 1.2 200 645 ΔP (Pa) = 0.28 x Q (m³/h)
CF541239 305 230 57.2 0.7 100 323 ΔP (Pa) = 0.56 x Q (m³/h)
CF541242 605 455 80 3.3 625 2016 ΔP (Pa) = 0.09 x Q (m³/h)
CF541252 305 455 57.2 1.2 212.5 685 ΔP (Pa) = 0.26 x Q (m³/h)
CF541257 494 440 57.4 1.9 337.5 1089 ΔP (Pa) = 0.17 x Q (m³/h)
CF541258 850 440 57.2 3.0 625 2016 ΔP (Pa) = 0.09 x Q (m³/h)
CF551278 205 440 80 1.2 187.5 605 ΔP (Pa) = 0.30 x Q (m³/h)
CF551279 440 440 80 2.4 450 1492 ΔP (Pa) = 0.12 x Q (m³/h)


1 Assuming ΔT of 10 °C

Global Pollution Map

Environmental challenges: PM10 particles in the air

Global Pollution Map

Global Field Testing / Theoretical Lifetime Modelling

The environmental conditions in deployment locations of outdoor electronic enclosures are highly variable. Seashore, industrial areas, mega-cities, arctic regions, forests, deserts and other extreme spots burden the ambient air with particles of different natures and origins: road dust, diesel exhaust, hydrocarbon particles, corrosive salts, pollen, sand and many other kinds of contaminants that cannot be clearly defined. Even highly sophisticated computer simulation or laboratory testing cannot adequately predict long term behavior of filters used for ambient air filtration.

Therefore, Gore has deployed many test cabinets with our filters in extreme environments around the globe in order to accumulate data that characterize the behavior of our products under real life conditions. The valuable field data allows modelling of filter lifetime under various environmental conditions, and enables Gore to develop the most advanced filtration media for ambient air filtration.

GORE® Cooling Filters are the only air filters which are optimized for ambient air filtration. Our operating lifetime at various pollution levels can be realistically approximated by a theoretical model supported by field data.

Global Test Locations
Global Test Locations

In order to ensure fitness-for-use, our global field test program was implemented to evaluate the performance of GORE® Cooling Filters in real-world environments. Various test locations around the world were chosen in order to compare the lifetime of filters in different air pollution environments. With this research we were able to validate theoretical models with global empirical data collected from the field test units.

Product & Design

Frame ABS Black
Membrane Hydrophobic ePTFE
Pleated Filter Media Fully Synthetic Composite
Potting Polyurethane
Gasket Polyurethane Foam/Thermoplastic Elastomer


Operating Temperature –40 to +65 °C
Humidity Range 0 to 100% RH
Filtration Efficiency > 99.5% (@ 0.1 μm, 1 cm/sec)
Filtration Class EN1822 – E12
Flammability UL 900
Typical Filter Lifetime Up to 5 years (based on application)2


2 Installation location impacts PM10 air pollution assumptions used in lifetime projections

Industry Standards
Ingress Protection Testing Wind Driving Rain Testing Flammability Testing
Filter protection against ingress of particulates and water   Resistance to open flame
  • IEC 60529
  • IP653
  • GR 487-CORE
    Comply with the 31 m/sec
    [70 mph] 3
  • UL 900
Salt Fog Testing Filter Attributes
Filter resistance to salty environments  
  • GR 487-CORE
    Passed the 30 day continuous salt fog test 3
  • IEC 60068-2-52
    Passed cyclic salt fog Test Method 3 3
  • GR-487-CORE
    (3% H2SO, 0.2N NaOH, NH3 , 90% IPA, Kerosene,
    10% Igepal CO 630, WD40, Cable Filling Compound, Splice Encapsulating Compound,
    Wasp and Hornet Spray)

3 Enclosure test; filter supports this performance when installed in sealed enclosure with louver protecting filter



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