Demonstration of a Lightweight, Cooling Device for NBC Protective Clothing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: USZA22-02-P-0021
Agency Tracking Number: S012-0029
Amount: $99,987.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
200 Yellow Place, Pines Industrial Center, Rockledge, FL, 32955
DUNS: 175302579
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Scaringe
 Research Mechanical Engr.
 (321) 631-3550
Business Contact
 Kathy McGraw-Davids
Title: Comptroller
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Research Institution
"Protective ensembles worn by today's soldiers for chemical protection, small-arms protection, and environmental protection require cooling if the soldier is to be able to operate for extended periods of time in warm temperatures. Similar problems exist inthe commercial chemical, nuclear, and biological industries.Current cooling and heating concepts have proven to be too large and heavy for any practical extended use. This proposal presents an inexpensive, lightweight, easily storable solution to the problem. This Phase I effort includes full-scale proof-of-concept experiments to demonstrate a protective ensemble cooling system that uses no moving parts, can supply the necessary 500 watts of cooling for a period of up to 2 hours, and weights less than 6 pounds. Mainstream is well versed in personnel coolingsuits and has several patents and products in this area. We have already performed the commercialization studies and developed a funded commercialization plan. This effort would dovetail well with existing Mainstream cooling programs andcommercialization efforts. This approach is a revolutionary and has applications in the commercial, recreational, and military markets This proposal describes an innovative, lightweight, passive, and inexpensive cooling/heating system that can provide environmental control to individuals wearing protective clothing in both military and commercial applications."

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