06382208 is referenced by 17 patents.

A system for controlling the temperature and relative humidity of the interior chamber of a respirator is disclosed. In the preferred embodiment, the system includes a body configured to conform to the face of a user and form an interior chamber defined by the respirator body and the face of the user. The system includes a sight region in the upper portion of the body through which the user can see. A thermoelectric module having a first temperature plate and a second temperature plate is interposed in the lower portion of the body so that the first temperature plate contacts the interior chamber and the second temperature plate contacts the external environment. A power source provides DC current to the thermoelectric module causing a temperature differential between the first temperature plate and the second temperature plate. Preferably, the plates of the thermoelectric module include heat exchangers and fans for maximizing the efficiency of the thermoelectric module. The power source includes means for reversing polarity to reverse the temperature differential of the thermoelectric module and means for modulating current to the thermoelectric module to control the temperature differential.

Title
System for controlling the internal temperature of a respirator
Application Number
9/184819
Publication Number
6382208 (B2)
Application Date
November 2, 1998
Publication Date
May 7, 2002
Inventor
Kevin L Barton
Crescent
IA, US
Mark G Reedy
Omaha
NE, US
Agent
Chook Hardy & Bacon L
US
Assignee
Board of Regents University of Nebraska
NE, US
IPC
A61M 16/00
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