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Reheating Air Inside Diving Equipment and Regulators (RAIDER)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H9240518P0018
Agency Tracking Number: S182-003-0049
Amount: $149,582.70
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM182-003
Solicitation Number: 2018.2
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-09-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-03-06
Small Business Information
3481 E. Michigan Street
Tucson, AZ 85714
United States
DUNS: 837002294
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Chad Bower
 (520) 382-1705
Business Contact
 Joel Johnson
Phone: (520) 382-4854
Research Institution

Military divers are experiencing negative medical side effects from inhalation of cold air or mixed gas (HeO2) while diving with a closed-circuit breathing apparatus.Therefore, SOCOM is looking for an innovative device that will reheat a divers inspired breathing gas to prevent a diver from experiencing hypothermia.Paragon will apply relevant experience in the design and manufacturing of active and passive thermal humidity controls for life support systems to develop a feasibility study for possible solutions.The tradespace will evaluate devices capable of withstanding harsh oceanic environments up to 300 fsw deep with a minimum operation time of 8 hours which has the ability to maintain an inspired gas temperature per the US Navy Dive Manual.The solutions considered are small, lightweight, compact, self-powered or self-energized, passive or active, and electrical or mechanical. Paragons effort will develop practical concepts for providing heated air within requirements, develop the concepts through the use of thermodynamic and hydrodynamic parametric modeling, and development tests that inform the best possible solution for SOCOM.The team will develop tradespace metrics for performance, integration, logistics, cost, risk and lifetime.A tradespace downselect in Phase I supported by laboratory evaluations will prepare the effort for Phase II Development.

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