P16013: Body Cooling System


Project Summary Project Information

MS patients can be adversely affected by heat; they fatigue more quickly and their symptoms become more pronounced. There are a variety of body vests and accessories currently available for cooling, but they are not ideal. Most of these products are bulky, short-lived and unfashionable making them unpopular with MS patients. A phase change material with potential for a cooling system design has been identified but needs further investigation and optimization to be used in this context.

The goals for this project are to analyze and optimize the phase change material in the body cooling application and to determine the feasibility for use. A testing apparatus will be designed to test different garments and body locations to determine the ideal cooling parameters. The end result will be a functional prototype that has been tested and found to provide the most efficient method of cooling.

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Examples of Cooling Garments

Examples of Cooling Garments

Project Name
Body Cooling System
Project Number
Project Family
Biomedical Systems and Technologies
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Charlie Tabb, ctabb@rochester.rr.com
Primary Customer
Industrial Design Studio 2.0
Al Sigl's Community of Agencies
MS Society
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Sponsor (financial support)
The National Science Foundation
The Albert J. Simone Center for Student Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Team Members

Body Cooling System Team Engineers. From left: Jared Raphael, Ben Spangler, Mallory Wingate, Alyssa Lorczak, Crystal Mendoza.

Body Cooling System Team Engineers. From left: Jared Raphael, Ben Spangler, Mallory Wingate, Alyssa Lorczak, Crystal Mendoza.

Member Major Role Contact
Alyssa Lorczak BME Chief Testing Engineer aml1855@rit.edu
Benjamin Spangler ME Lead Engineer benspangler1992@gmail.com
Mallory Wingate BME Project Manager mww3472@rit.edu
Jared Raphael ISE Quality Manager jtr1564@rit.edu
Crystal Mendoza Paulin BME Communications crystalr.mendoza@gmail.com
Brad Dunn ID Designer braddunn0@gmail.com
Lara Cardoso Goulart ID Designer lxc9693@rit.edu
Kurtis Unruh-Kracke ID Designer kwu9144@g.rit.edu
John Robinson Accounting Business Manager jrobinson3461@icloud.com

Table of Contents


Project Management

Photo Gallery

Imagine RIT

Human Subjects Research

Planning & Execution

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Subsystem Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation


The Body Cooling System Team would like to thank the following people for their contributions to the project: