ANU Testing of Steadfast Technologies 15 VDC Resistive Heating System (RHS)

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ANU Testing of Steadfast Technologies 15 VDC Resistive Heating System (RHS)

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Title: ANU Testing of Steadfast Technologies 15 VDC Resistive Heating System (RHS)
Author: Neste, CH
Abstract: This test represents an effort toward developing, evaluating and recommending for ANU listing an electrically powered resistive heating system (RHS) to provide Special Warfare divers with adjunct thermal protection while conducting SDV operations. Formerly known as the EXOTEMP and Active Thermal Protection System (ATPS), the RHS is being developed and manufactured by Steadfast Technologies (Brandon, FL). The RHS dry suit liner-long-sleeved body suit with integral socks is made of a thin, stretchy knit fabric. The entire suit has electric resistance tinsel wires stitched to it in patterns that course along the longitudes of the trunk, arms, and legs and cover the tops of the feet. Five-finger electric gloves that plug into an outlet at the end of each sleeve have wires stitched to them on both sides of the hand and the backs of the fingers. Power output to the suit is regulated via voltage sensing circuitry that measures battery voltage and regulates the power output duty cycle to deliver approximately 270 watts of heat to the diver. Electrical protection, conforming to AODC 035 specifications, is provided by Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI) circuitry.
Description: Citation Status: Active; Citation Classification: Unclassified; Title Classification: Unclassified; Report Classification: Unclassified; Identifier Classification: Unclassified; Abstract Classification: Unclassified; Distribution Limitation(s): 01 - APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE; Information provided by the Department of Defense and the Defense Technical Information Center (http://www.dtic.mil/) is considered public information and may be distributed or copied unless otherwise specified. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/3550
Date: 2001

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