Temperature Controlled Human Remains Transfer Case

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-09-C-0075
Agency Tracking Number: A072-160-2141
Amount: $729,108.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
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
 R. Paul Roth
 PI/Mechanical Engineer
 (321) 631-3550
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Title: Controller
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Email: mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution
The Vietnam-era solution of packing 40-60 pounds of ice inside an aluminum transfer case in an attempt to maintain human remains at a proper storage temperature (to avoid cellular decomposition) is still being used. This method offers 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. The ideal solution to maintaining human remains at the optimal temperature is Mainstream Engineering's Refrigerated Human Remains Transfer Case (RHRTC). A full-size, operational prototype RHRTC has been designed, built, and tested in the Phase I contract. The Phase I effort experimentally demonstrated that the RHRTC prototype can provide uninterrupted, accurate temperature control from either internal or external power sources, while meeting cost, size, weight and reliability requirements. Internal power is supplied from common, easily replaceable, compact nickel-metal-hydride batteries in the electronics box. The work performed in Phase I provides the opportunity to use the Phase II effort for optimizing the design, extensive testing and fielding production quality prototypes for field testing and evaluation by Army personnel. At the conclusion of this Phase II contract, production quality RHRTCs will be available to the military for sale.

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