Untethered Diver Cooling and Heating System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$748,137.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-10-C-0303
Agency Tracking Number:
N091-078-0682
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 09-078
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Rini Technologies Inc
582 South Econ Circle, Oviedo, FL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
608777798
Principal Investigator:
Daniel Rini
President
(407) 359-7138
dan@rinitech.com
Business Contact:
Daniel Rini
President
(407) 359-7138
dan@rinitech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The objective of this project is to prove the demonstrate prototype systems for heating and cooling a diver in the Shallow Water Combat Submersible (SWCS). Rini Technologies, Inc. has demonstrated the feasibility of a miniature heat pump and proposes to build complementary heating and cooling systems to provide thermal protection for both cold and warm water diving in contaminated water. Both units are capable of operation from a similarly size battery for greater than 2.6 hours but can be plugged into a power source of the SWCS for extended (>12 hours) run time. Each of the units proposed will be 8.5" long and less than 4" diameter. The heating system provides 300W of heat via 35oC water to the tube suit in 1.7oC ambient ocean water while consuming only 110W of electrical power. The cooling unit will provide 250W of cooling via 20oC water in 38oC ambient ocean water, consuming only 80W 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 un-tethered diving.

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