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Lightweight and Efficient Cooling System for Special Reaction Teams

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
82465
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N063-187-0190
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Rini Technologies Inc
582 South Econ Circle Oviedo, FL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Lightweight and Efficient Cooling System for Special Reaction Teams
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-07-M-0128
Award Amount: $99,942.00
 

Abstract:

Clothing that protects Special Reaction Teams from chemical, biological, and nuclear threats can subject the individuals to heat stress. These hazardous environments require the use of PPE with level A protection for several hours, which can diminish the body's ability to reject heat, leading to symptoms ranging from muscular weakness, dizziness and physical discomfort to more severe, life-threatening conditions such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. RTI proposes to develop a miniature refrigeration unit, which utilizes a vapor compression cycle with the key component of an innovative rotary compressor, to remove heat from the user. This project will provide a portable cooling unit with a combination of performance, reliability, size and weight that is currently not possible from conventional designs. Specifically, the proposed cooling system will produce 125W of cooling to a water vest with a water temperature of 22 degrees C, weigh 3.5 lb (without battery), have a target volume of 1.0L and require 35W of electrical power. The Phase I effort will concentrate on the thermodynamic cycle, a novel condenser design, composite material implementation, thin film solid lubrication applications, and fabrication of a prototype compressor. The design of the remaining system, testing and integration would be performed in Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Daniel P. Rini
President
4073597138
dan@rinitech.com

Business Contact:

Daniel P. Rini
President
4073597138
dan@rinitech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

RINI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
582 South Econ Circle Oviedo, FL 32765

EIN/Tax ID: 593465749
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No