Development of an Active, Man-Portable, Cooling System with Dehumidification Capabilities for Personal Protective Clothing/Equipment

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,907.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-10ER85984
Agency Tracking Number:
95001
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
48 b
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place, Rockledge, FL, 32955
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
175302579
Principal Investigator:
Joseph Homitz
Dr.
(321) 631-3550
jhomitz@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact:
Michael Rizzo
Dr.
(321) 631-3550
mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The U.S. Department of Energy is currently seeking technologies that can decrease the weight and thermal insulation associated with personal protective clothing/equipment (PPC/PPE). The call for this technology has stemmed from the poor working conditions associated with workers in contaminated areas of nuclear facilities and the need to mitigate the effects of heat stress. Because the primary objective is to provide a comfortable working environment for these workers, Mainstream is proposing to develop an active cooling system that can be used with existing PPC/PPE instead of developing new protective suits. No matter how thin or lightweight an enclosed protective suit can be made, a worker in a hot environment can experience the effects of heat stress. Unless the suit is able to remove heat from the body and either store that energy or reject it to the atmosphere, the suit will act as insulation. Mainstream

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