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Enhanced Personal Cooling Technology for Soldiers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-17-C-0324
Agency Tracking Number: A2-6976
Amount: $1,497,527.70
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A02-196
Solicitation Number: 02.2
Solicitation Year: 2002
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-08-02
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-09-26
Small Business Information
582 South Econ Circle
Oviedo, FL 32765
United States
DUNS: 608777798
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dan Rini
 (407) 359-7138
Business Contact
 Dan Rini
Phone: (407) 359-7138
Research Institution

Soldiers conducting multi-hour missions in regions where extreme heat or humidity is present are susceptible to thermal related injuries such as dehydration and heat stress. Thermal injuries such as these can diminish the soldier’s cognitive function and impair mission objectives leading to reduced operating times to reduce exposure in these extreme ambient temperature conditions. Active thermal management is needed to cool and better regulate soldier’s core body temperature. RINI Technologies has been developing the Lightweight Environmental Control System (LWECS) for the US ARMY’s Air Soldier Program to provide thermal protection to aircrew members operating in hot weather ambient (125°F). In the proposed Sequential Phase II (SPII) program, RINI intends to provide extended capabilities for the LWECS control system as well as address deficiencies which were identified in the LWECS Qualification test program and are needed to fully satisfy the ARMY’s specification. The proposed enhancements include Wireless Thermostatic Control, Evaporator sub-assembly reliability improvements, the investigation of using alternate refrigerants to increase cooling performance, and the an engineering evaluation of whether the refrigeration system could eliminate the water loop in order to improve the Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) metrics of the LWECS.

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