Lightweight and Efficient Cooling System for Special Reaction Teams

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$99,942.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-07-M-0128
Agency Tracking Number:
N063-187-0190
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
N06-187
Solicitation Number:
2006.3
Small Business Information
RINI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
582 South Econ Circle, Oviedo, FL, 32765
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
608777798
Principal Investigator:
Daniel Rini
President
(407) 359-7138
dan@rinitech.com
Business Contact:
Daniel Rini
President
(407) 359-7138
dan@rinitech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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