Untethered Diver Cooling and Heating System
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
The objective of this project is to prove the feasibility and develop the components of a system for cooling a diver in the Shallow Water Combat Submersible (SWCS). RINI Technologies, Inc. is developing a Free Diver (untethered) Heating System (FDHS) for NAVSEA through a Phase II SBIR and proposes to build a complementary cooling system to provide thermal protection for both cold and warm water diving in contaminated water. Both units are battery powered but can be plugged into a power source of the SWCS for extended (>8 hours) run time. Each of the units proposed will be 10" long, 3" diameter, and 1.2 L volume. The heating system, which will reach TRL-6 in August of 2009, provides 300W of heat via 35oC water to the tube suit in 10oC ambient ocean water while consuming only 111W of electrical power. The proposed cooling unit will provide 250W of cooling via 20oC water in 40oC ambient ocean water, consuming only 115W of electrical power. Through the use of these systems, the Navy can perform un-encumbered long duration dives in contaminated water at temperature extremes in the SWCS and allow for untethered diving.
Small Business Information at Submission:
RINI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
582 South Econ Circle Oviedo, FL 32765
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