personal cooling, secondary fluid, vapor compression, microcompressor
This work is related to the design, fabrication and test of a personal cooling system prototype for Stock Car racing pilots, who are exposed to very high temperatures inside the cockpit. The solution is based on a compact vapor compression system, which cools a secondary fluid that flows through the pilot vest. An experimental apparatus was especially developed for the prototype evaluation, simulating real environmental conditions. Subject tests were also performed and indicated the potential of such solution.