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Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Diver Thermal Human Interface

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00253-17-C-0002
Agency Tracking Number: N15A-012-0044
Amount: $999,866.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N15A-T012
Solicitation Number: 15.A
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-02-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-03-21
Small Business Information
300 Bear Hill Rd
Waltham, MA 02451
United States
DUNS: 005313494
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Rufo Michael Rufo
 Director, Advanced Systems
 (781) 314-0723
Business Contact
 Mark Smithers
Phone: (781) 466-8010
Research Institution
 West Virginia University
 Dr. Gregory Thompson Dr. Gregory Thompson
PO Box 6201
Morgantown, WV 26506
United States

 (304) 293-3254
 Nonprofit College or University

Naval Special Warfare needs to improve the thermal control subsystems on the SEAL Delivery Vehicle to provide heated or cooled water to the operators during transit in water temperatures from approximately 35°F or above 95°F. Unprotected operation in these environments, and the resulting core body temperature change of more than ~5°F risk serious injury, and lasting muscular-skeletal damage. The current approaches do not meet requirements. Boston Engineering proposes to leverage our success in PH I towards this end. Specifically, 1) to improve the dive suit including maximizing the thermal transfer method to the body, selecting the best insulation materials and multi-layer design, and developing a suit design that is comfortable and maneuverable, 2) designing the circulating water quick disconnect system to improve the operator’s ability to connect and disconnect using the best location of the penetration on the suit, and thermo-mechanical properties of the materials, and 3) improve the thermal properties of the fluid delivery lines from the heating/cooling source to the operators including minimizing heat loss, improving manufacturability, and reducing cost.

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