Validation of Systems for Human Thermal Control
Final rept. 30 Jul 2006-28 Feb 2007
CSA ENGINEERING INC MOUNTAIN VIEW CA
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DARPA has invested substantial funds in the development of technologies for controlling the temperature of the warfighter. In hot environments, and in certain types of protective clothing and equipment, there is value in rapid removal of heat from the warfighter. In certain situation involving cold environments, including underwater ones, there is value in adding heat. One approach developed by Stanford University and others under DARPA funding makes use of heat transfer sites on the palm of the hand to effect temperature control of the human core. This method is based on exploitation of physiology that combines substantial blood flow with heat transferring structures within the hands.
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