Improved Infantry Winter Shelter Project

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  1. Osczevski, R.J.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Much of the frost and ice that form on the inside of the tent comes from water produced by the combustion of naphtha fuel in the heating, lighting and cooking systems. Frost also accumulates in sleeping bags when used in extreme cold and cannot be removed or dried with the present shelter heating system. Modifications to the group shelter are recommended to increase warmth and minimize problems with closure systems. These include an adjustable liner, insulation on the door zipper and more radical changes to the tent opening to eliminate zippers entirely. Moisture management in tents and sleeping bags is discussed. Recommendations for changing the tent heating/lighting system to improve moisture management are outlined. The major recommendation is a small forced-air tent furnace to dry the tent and large items such as sleeping bags. As envisioned, it would be based on the existing stove, but would generate its own power as well as DC electrical power to run a lighting system and to recharge batteries.

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Keywords
shelters;modular tents;tents;sleeping bags;condensation;heating;lighting;ventilation;cold weather;heat transfer;winter;wind;tent furnace;stoves;frost
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TR-2005-132 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Sep 2005
Number of Pages
32
DSTKIM No
CA026631
CANDIS No
524531
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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