Temperature Controlled Human Remains Transfer Case

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$119,771.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911QY-08-C-0002
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-160-2141
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
A07-160
Solicitation Number:
2007.2
Small Business Information
MAINSTREAM ENGINEERING CORP.
200 Yellow Place, Pines Industrial Center, Rockledge, FL, 32955
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
175302579
Principal Investigator:
R. Paul Roth
PI/Mechanical Engineer
(321) 631-3550
rpr@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact:
Michael Rizzo
Controller
(321) 631-3550
mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Vietnam-era solution of packing 40-60 pounds of ice in an aluminum transfer case to maintain temperatures inside a human remains case is still being utilized. This method offers essentially no temperature control or assurance that the remains are properly preserved during transportation. This is especially problematic because transportation times are typically at least 10 hours. Although using ice seems archaic when compared to the thermal control technology currently available, the options are severely limited by the fact that external power often is not available for 10 hour periods of time while transporting the remains. The required solution to this problem involves a new design that integrates technologies maximizing insulation properties, thermal storage, energy storage, energy input flexibility, and high efficiency mechanical cooling methodologies. . Mainstream Engineering has a preliminary system design capable of meeting all of the solicitation’s requirements in the most extreme ambient conditions, using worst-case scenario assumptions.

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