Untethered Diver Cooling and Heating System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-09-M-0222
Agency Tracking Number: N091-078-0682
Amount: $99,910.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N091-078
Solicitation Number: 2009.1
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
Email: dan@rinitech.com
Research Institution
The objective of this project is to prove the feasibility and develop the components of a system for cooling a diver in the Shallow Water Combat Submersible (SWCS). RINI Technologies, Inc. is developing a Free Diver (untethered) Heating System (FDHS) for NAVSEA through a Phase II SBIR and proposes to build a complementary cooling system to provide thermal protection for both cold and warm water diving in contaminated water. Both units are battery powered but can be plugged into a power source of the SWCS for extended (>8 hours) run time. Each of the units proposed will be 10” long, 3” diameter, and 1.2 L volume. The heating system, which will reach TRL-6 in August of 2009, provides 300W of heat via 35°C water to the tube suit in 10°C ambient ocean water while consuming only 111W of electrical power. The proposed cooling unit will provide 250W of cooling via 20°C water in 40°C ambient ocean water, consuming only 115W of electrical power. Through the use of these systems, the Navy can perform un-encumbered long duration dives in contaminated water at temperature extremes in the SWCS and allow for untethered diving.

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