Madan, Ryan Smith
Sullivan, John M.
The rucksack loads that military, law enforcement, and hiking enthusiasts need for their tasks can be excessive and may lead to heat exhaustion. Cooling strategies have been proposed in the past, but there are significant constraints associated with these concepts. This MQP aimed to cool the body by pumping cooled water around the upper torso absorbing the body heat into the cooling water. The closed-system of cooled water flows to the back of the rucksack where heat is exchanged to an evaporative cooling system using a separate, non-potable water system. Field tests of the unit have documented significant quantitative cooling using this process.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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