Evaluation of Five Commercial Microclimate Cooling Systems for Military Use
ARMY NATICK RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER MA
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Laboratory and field evaluations were conducted to examine four ice- based portable cooling systems and one thermoelectric vehicle mounted cooling system, to assess and compare their performance under laboratory and field conditions. There were three battery-operated circulating liquid cooling garments, a passive frozen gel pack vest, and a thermoelectric circulating liquid cooling garment. The thermal manikin tests were conducted in a 35 C 95 F, 5 relative humidity, environment with the mannequins surface temperature at 35 C 95 F. The manikin was dressed in the Battle Dress Overgarment BDO chemical ensemble in all of the tests. Army and Air Force personnel took part in five field evaluations. These personnel provided information related to compatibility, mobility, ease of operation and donning and doffing.
- Air Conditioning, Heating, Lighting and Ventilating
- Protective Equipment