Compact Microclimate Control System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$366,844.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911QY-11-C-0018
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4374
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
A09-160
Solicitation Number:
2009.3
Small Business Information
Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
072021041
Principal Investigator:
Michael Izenson
Principal Engineer
(603) 643-3800
mgi@creare.com
Business Contact:
Robert Kline-Schoder
Vice President
(603) 643-3800
contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Protective garments that isolate a dismounted soldier from the environment can also build up excessive internal heat and humidity, impairing performance and possibly leading to heat casualties. We propose to develop an innovative microclimate control system that will maintain a cool, dry environment inside protective garments. There are two key innovations: (1) a novel cooling process that enables refrigeration for dismounted soldiers using a system with very low mass, and (2) a unique cooling garment that removes both heat and humidity from inside protective garments. In Phase I we proved the feasibility of our approach through laboratory tests that demonstrated the key components of both these innovative devices. We used the results of Phase I tests to validate our design models and produced a conceptual design for a full-size prototype. In Phase II we will design, build, and demonstrate a full-size, self-contained microclimate control system prototype.

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