Extreme Phase Change Materials for Soldier Microclimate Regulation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911NF-05-C-0084
Award Id:
74163
Agency Tracking Number:
A054-012-0060
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
24 St. Martin Dr., Marlborough, MA, 01752
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
121001945
Principal Investigator:
GlennDeming
VP of Engineering and R&D
(508) 281-5322
gdeming@aspensystems.com
Business Contact:
SaidAl-Hallaj
Research Associate Professor
(312) 567-5118
alhallaj@iit.edu
Research Institute:
ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Said Al-Hallaj
3300 South Federal St.
Chicago, IL, 60616
(312) 567-5118
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Aspen Systems and the Illinois Institute of Technology propose (IIT) to develop an advanced vapor compression miniature personal cooling system with integrated phase change material (PCM) for used by U.S. military soldiers. Aspen Systems has developed a unique miniature rotary compressor and successfully integrated the compressor in a battery powered personal cooling unit. In this program we will investigate the opportunity to develop advanced phase change materials for use in the cooling fluid and tubesuit garment worn by the user. Aspen will work in partnership with IIT to research PCM and encapsulation technologies, test candidate PCM slurries and heat exchangers, develop models and correlations, research and develop advanced PCMs and dvelop a conceptual design of a vapor compression based cooilng system with integrated PCM. The result will be a reduction in the cooling required from the vapor compression system due to the latent heat capacity of the PCM. This reduced cooling requirement will lead to a smaller, lighter system with less power required and potential gains in battery size and weight or mission length.

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