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Final Report - STAYCOOL (Lightweight, long endurance body cooling for fire fighters)

Project ID: 262673
Funded under: FP7-SME


This is the final report of the STAYCOOL project, which is funded under the European Commission (EC) Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The project developed the STAYCOOL personal cooling system, a lightweight mobile active cooling device designed to prevent thermal stress on humans, maintain a constant heat-extraction temperature at a comfortable range, and avoid the effect of cool spots. The system regulates body temperature through a set of patches on a garment in contact with skin. These patches are attached to a secondary water-cooled heat exchanger which removes the heat extracted from the body by evaporation. The STAYCOOL system can significantly increase the time a firefighter can spend attending a fire, thereby reducing the time taken to extinguish it, damage to property and potential loss of life. Further product development could focus on applications requiring low-weight, mobile and smart thermal stress control.

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