Lightweight, Efficient Blower for Personal Air Ventilation System

Period of Performance: 06/01/2007 - 12/01/2007


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Creare, Inc.
16 Great Hollow Road Array
Hanover, NH 03755
Principal Investigator


A personal air ventilation system (PAVS) has the potential to dramatically improve the environment inside chemical/biological protective clothing. However, existing air blowers that can produce the flow rate and pressure drop required for a PAVS are too heavy and inefficient for use in a man-portable system. We propose to develop an innovative blower that can provide the required flow rate and pressure rise performance and meet the Army s challenging specifications. In Phase I we will prove the feasibility of our approach by comparing and trading off potential blower technologies and selecting the optimal technology. In Phase II we will design, build, and test the PAVS and deliver three prototype systems for testing in relevant environments.