DEVELOPMENT OF A HEAT PIPE THERMAL MANIKIN WITH AN IRRIGATED SKIN

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Amount:
$250,000.00
Award Year:
1992
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N/A
Agency Tracking Number:
12681
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Measurement Technology Northwe
2721 Ne Blakeley St, Seattle, WA, 98105
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 F Timothy O'neill
 (206) 525-4099
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE ACCURACY OF CLO VALVES MEASURED WITH A THERMAL MANIKIN IS STRONGLY DEPENDENT ON THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SKIN TEMPERATURE IS KNOWN. SPATIAL AND SET-POINT TEMPERATURE VARIATIONS COMBINE TO INCREASE THE ERROR IN THE MEASUREMENT. ADDITIONALLY, EVAPORATIVE COOLING ACCOUNTS FOR A SIGNIFICANT THERMAL LOSS IN MOST CLOTHING SYSTEMS. MEASUREMENT TECHNOLOGY NORTHWEST (MTNW) PROPOSES AN INNOVATIVE ADAPTATION OF HEAT PIPE TECHNOLOGY TO A 17 ZONE COPPER THERMAL MANIKIN. THIS DESIGN WILL PROVIDE ISOTHERMAL CONDITIONS AT THE CONDENSER SKIN SURFACES. INTEGRATED IN THIS DESIGN IS A NOVEL IRRIGATED SKIN WHICH WILL ACCURATELY REPRODUCE PHYSIOLOGICAL EVAPORATION RATES AND AVOID THERMAL DECOUPLING ASSOCIATED WITH SOFT ARTIFICIAL SKIN SYSTEMS.

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