Lightweight and Efficient Cooling System for Special Reaction Teams

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-07-M-0128
Agency Tracking Number: N063-187-0190
Amount: $99,942.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-187
Solicitation Number: 2006.3
Small Business Information
582 South Econ Circle, Oviedo, FL, 32765
DUNS: 608777798
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Rini
 (407) 359-7138
Business Contact
 Daniel Rini
Title: President
Phone: (407) 359-7138
Research Institution
Clothing that protects Special Reaction Teams from chemical, biological, and nuclear threats can subject the individuals to heat stress. These hazardous environments require the use of PPE with level A protection for several hours, which can diminish the body’s ability to reject heat, leading to symptoms ranging from muscular weakness, dizziness and physical discomfort to more severe, life-threatening conditions such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. RTI proposes to develop a miniature refrigeration unit, which utilizes a vapor compression cycle with the key component of an innovative rotary compressor, to remove heat from the user. This project will provide a portable cooling unit with a combination of performance, reliability, size and weight that is currently not possible from conventional designs. Specifically, the proposed cooling system will produce 125W of cooling to a water vest with a water temperature of 22°C, weigh 3.5 lb (without battery), have a target volume of 1.0L and require 35W of electrical power. The Phase I effort will concentrate on the thermodynamic cycle, a novel condenser design, composite material implementation, thin film solid lubrication applications, and fabrication of a prototype compressor. The design of the remaining system, testing and integration would be performed in Phase II.

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