Modeling Tool for System Integration of HVAC Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-07-C-0052
Agency Tracking Number: A062-194-1063
Amount: $119,848.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-194
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Small Business Information
THERMOANALYTICS, INC.
23440 Airpark Blvd, P.O. Box 66, Calumet, MI, 49913
DUNS: 943826859
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Craig Cless
 Senior Engineer
 (248) 380-4348
 Craig.Cless@ThermoAnalytics.com
Business Contact
 Keith Johnson
Title: President
Phone: (906) 482-9560
Email: Keith.Johnson@ThermoAnalytics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Military vehicles are being designed with ever-increasing on-board power dissipation, and are being operated in hot environments. Avoiding heat-related degradation of crew effectiveness and equipment reliability has become a daunting design challenge. Effective, efficient heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system designs are needed. HVAC system performance can be optimized if system integrators can analyze proposed configurations rapidly and accurately, while keeping pace with an evolving vehicle design. A modeling tool to support rapid trade studies of HVAC system variants integrated into vehicle design variants is proposed to meet this need. We are proposing to add features to MuSES, the Army standard for thermal and IR signature analysis of ground vehicles, to enable rapid, easy-to-setup analyses of HVAC systems. HVAC-specific inputs and outputs will be built into the MuSES user interface, and algorithms to model fan-driven duct networks and mixing of duct effluent with cabin air will be added to the code. User routines modeling the behavior of vapor compression refrigeration system components will be provided as a library of HVAC component models. These features, combined with MuSES’ ability to model a complete vehicle in a natural weather environment, will produce the desired prototyping modeling capability.

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