Flexible Lightweight Radiation Protection Garment
Agency / Branch:
DOD / DARPA
To address DARPA need for new radiation shielding fabrics or materials that are equivalent to or better than currently available radiation shielding technologies in the areas of comfort for wearer, flexibility, and durability, and radiation attenuation in the Cs-137 emission range, Luminit proposes to develop the new Flexible Lightweight Radiation Protection Garment (FLEXPROG) system based on our hybrid sol-gel technology. This flexible hybrid inorganic/organic polymer material system incorporates bridging the gap between inorganic and polymer into hybrid polymer matrices at the micro- and nano-level for radiation protection in a coating with high tensile strength, low areal density, and chemical and environmental resistance to ionizing radiation, and UV; it can be easily coated and interwoven with high-ductility fiber materials as protective garments. FLEXPROG will maximize the radiation path length for effective attenuation of the incident radiation flux while minimizing the thickness and the weight of the garment. The high malleability and ductility of the materials and the minimized weight of the design will enable effective use without impeding flexibility or causing physical stress during operation. In Phase I Luminit will develop FLEXPROG and demonstrate its feasibility. Relevant radiation shielding properties will be determined and compared to current used materials.
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