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SPACESUIT GLOVE-LINER WITH ENHANCED THERMAL PROPERTIES FOR IMPROVED COMFORT

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
10600
Program Year/Program:
1989 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
10600
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Triangle Research and Development Corporation
PO Box 12696 Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-0269
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1989
Title: SPACESUIT GLOVE-LINER WITH ENHANCED THERMAL PROPERTIES FOR IMPROVED COMFORT
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,996.00
 

Abstract:

A PHASE I PROGRAM IS PROPOSED TO INVESTIGATE THE TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY OF FABRICATING AN INSULATION MATERIAL WITH ENHANCED THERMAL PROPERTIES FOR IMPROVED THERMAL COMFORT OF ASTRONAUT HANDS DURING EXTRA-VEHICULAR ACTIVITY (EVA) IN SPACE. A NOVEL APPROACH IS PROPOSED WHICH INVOLVES INCORPORATING LATENT HEAT OF FUSION OR PHASE CHANGE MATERIALS (PCMS) WITHIN A SYNTHETIC FIBER MATRIX FOR LATER CONVERSION INTO TEST FABRIC. AT THE PHASE CHANGE TEMPERATURE, PCMS ABSORB AND HOLD A HIGH QUANTITY OF HEAT DURING THE HEATING CYCLE WHICH MUST BE REMOVED FROM THE PCM BEFORE ITS TEMPERATURE CAN BEGIN TO CHANGE. WITH THE PROPER CHOICE OF PCM(S), A GLOVE INSERT FASHIONED FROM THIS MATERIAL COULD SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVE THERMAL COMFORT BY PREVENTING THE TEMPERATURE EXCURSION OF THE HAND FROM TOO MUCH ABOVE OR BELOW THE PERCEIVED THERMAL COMFORT ZONE, THEREBY IMPROVING ASTRONAUT COMFORT AND EVA PERFORMANCE. THIS MATERIAL WOULD ALSO BE AMENABLE TO THE MANUFACTURE OF ARTICLES OF CLOTHING WITHOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TECHNOLOGY. PHASE I WOULD INVESTIGATE THE POTENTIAL FOR PRODUCING SUCH A UNIQUE MATERIAL, ITS EVALUATION AND COMPARISON TO A CONTROL FABRIC USING LABORATORY EXPERIMENTATION.

Principal Investigator:

Yvonne G Bryant Ph D
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Triangle Research & Developmnt
Po Box 12696 Resch Triangle Pk, NC 27709

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DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No