Efficient Computational Tool for RF-Induced Thermal Response

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,923.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-12-M-6336
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
F121-032-0948
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF121-032
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
23440 Airpark Blvd, P.O. Box 66, Calumet, MI, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
943826859
Principal Investigator:
Allen Curren
Chief Technology Officer
(906) 482-9560
Allen.Curran@Thermoanalytics.com
Business Contact:
Eric Nielsen
Chief Operating Officer
(906) 482-9560
Eric.Nielsen@ThermoAnalytics.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
ABSTRACT: The ThermoReg thermal model was developed to solve for tissue temperatures resulting from radio frequency (RF) heating using a voxel-based, heterogeneous tissue description of the human body. Although ThermoReg has been parallelized to run on high-performance computer clusters, the time-dependent nature of a thermal solution (especially for tissue temperatures resulting from high-power, short duration RF exposures) can lead to excessive run times that subsequently limit the extent to which parametric studies can be conducted. We propose a set of tasks that build on the ThermoReg code base to dramatically decrease the run-times associated with RF-induced thermal response studies. The performance of these tasks will result in prototype software and associated work flows that will demonstrate substantial decreases in run-time while maintaining model fidelity. BENEFIT: The product of this SBIR will be a valuable tool for existing DOD activities directed at: 1) establishing health effects and safety standards for exposure to electromagnetic fields; 2) development of non-lethal weapons; and 3) evaluating human thermal comfort and health risks in extreme environments across a population of people. We have successfully marketed the use of human thermal models in a number of areas: Automotive and aircraft passenger thermal comfort and safety models; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) designs for vehicles and buildings; protective clothing design; and optimization of garment designs for thermal safety and comfort. The result of this SBIR will be a substantial reduction in run-times allowing potential customers to examine larger design spaces in the application areas listed above.

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