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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
A climate controlled sleeping chamber, or air crib, for infants and toddlers is an alternative sleeping medium to the conventional crib. It is a chamber that is ventilated with air that is temperature and humidity controlled to provide an optimum sleeping environment for young children, ages 0 to 2 years. Its purpose is to enhance the psychological and physiological development of young children. Because it is easier to heat a small chamber than larger living quarters, the air crib also has economic advantages.
The design o climate controlled sleeping chamber must meet some minimum requirements. The system must provide an environment in which a young child between the ages of 0 and 2 years may sleep. This environment must be temperature and humidity controlled to a maximum of 95 degrees Fahrenheit and 50% relative humidity, respectively. It must fit into a 6 foot by 8 foot room and must be large enough to contain the child comfortably. It must also maintain a comfortable environment without undo draft or noise. The unit must be able to regulate the temperature and humidity over an extended period of time to within +5% with little or no maintenance. It should be run by household power and all water supplies may be self-contained. The system cannot have a retail value much greater than that of a standard crib. Finally, the system must meet all safety standards set for infant sleeping furniture and residential safety codes in heating, ventilation, electrical wiring, and child safety.
Stevens, Jennifer Stenger, "Final Design Report of the Design of A Climate Controlled Sleeping Chamber for Infants and Toddlers" (1985). Undergraduate Honors Capstone Projects. 236.
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