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Lightweight, long endurance body cooling for fire fighters

Objective

There are about 500 000 professional fire fighters in the European Union (EU). When called to fight fires they can be exposed to high levels of heat stress, which results in decreased physical performance and even heat exhaustion. If a fire fighter succumbs to heat exhaustion he requires rescuing and this then exposes other fire fighters and the public to increased risk. In order to reduce the risk of heat stress, the firefighters are limited to the time they can be at the fire which increases the number of fire fighters needed to fight a fire and this reduces efficiency and introduces complication into the communications between the crews fighting the fire. The StayCool project will develop and prototype a novel system for cooling the body that is light weight, has low energy consumption and so can be worn for prolonged periods of time. Wearing the StayCool system will reduce the wearers core temperature and allow fire fighters to stay at the fire for greater periods of time and so improve the efficiency of fighting the fire, extinguishing the fire quicker and so reduce risk of loss of life and damage to property. The StayCool partnership is ideally placed to develop and exploit this technology having expertise in protective clothing design and manufacture, physiological and human factors testing, mathematical and thermodynamic modeling, access to rapid prototyping and manufacture facilities and the ability to design for manufacture to ensure the StayCool system can be fully exploited. The StayCool system is primarily aimed at a launch market for fire fighters but there e are a number of applications where humans need to work in high ambient temperatures. Additional markets for this technology and associated products include industrial plant operators, miners, underground maintenance, nuclear decommissioning, general policing in hot climates, policing in protective equipment and for use in extreme sports.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

NORTH WEST TEXTILES NETWORK LIMITED
Address
Chorley Road - Peel House 2
BL1 3AA Bolton
United Kingdom
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 382 078
Administrative Contact
Stephen Kay (Mr.)

Participants (6)

EVA COMMERCE LTD
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 102 297
Address
Lyulin 4, Zahari Stoyanov Street 12 12
1359 Sofia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Evgeniya Panayotova (Ms.)
MAKATEC GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 221 855
Address
Siemensstrasse 3 3
71149 Bondorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sabine Wellerdiek (Ms.)
EAGLE TECHNICAL PRODUCTS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 385 537
Address
Leltex House, Longley Lane, Sharston
M22 4SY Manchester
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kevin Rae (Mr.)
QINETIQ LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 5 950
Address
Cody Technology Park Ively Road
GU14 0LX Farnborough
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Simon Dodd (Dr.)
TECNOLOGIAS AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 10 718
Address
Calle Miguel Villanueva 2 6 Piso Puerta 3
26001 Logrono
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfredo Sanchez (Mr.)
CENTRO TESSILE COTONIERO E ABBIGLIAMENTO SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 7 320
Address
Piazza Sant Anna 2
21052 Busto Arsizio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roberto Vannucci (Mr.)