Gloves for diver thermal hand protection in cold water environments

Period of Performance: 10/27/2008 - 08/27/2009


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Gerbing's Heated Clothing, Inc.
750 E Dalby Road
Union, WA 98584
Principal Investigator


In this effort Gerbing's Heated Clothing will propose two or more glove candidates (prototypes) for further development. We intend to separately identify and embody the best glove design and heating system candidates based upon screening of all available technologies. Glove design focus will be to provide a lightweight glove with moderate insulating properties that provides maximum dexterity and tactility to the user. Heating systems selection will be screened using the following criteria: Thermal transfer efficiency, Ability to provide 100% electrical isolation, ruggedness and robustness, and ease of integration. The end prototypes will be fully functioning units. This will provide the end users with two different glove fabrication methods and two different heating systems. The heating systems should be interchangeable in the glove shells. Power, control and electrical connection systems will be considered, but only inasmuch as their integration into the glove system. This is due to the limited time frame available.