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Advanced Lightweight NBC Protective Clothing

Award Information

Department of Defense
Special Operations Command
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Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Utility Development Corporation
112 Naylon Avenue Livingston, NJ 07039-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Advanced Lightweight NBC Protective Clothing
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Contract: USZA22-01-P-0035
Award Amount: $99,850.00


Our main objective will be to design, fabricate, and evaluate a lightweight semi-permeable or selectively permeable electrospun membrane, allowing ventilation of the wearer without exposure to outside chemical or biological hazards for NBC protectivesuits. These light weight semi permeable membranes will have the capability to provide time until agent break through after receiving an agent exposure. UDC will prove the feasibility and potential advantages of the new polymers forelectrospinning, crosslinking and lamination of electrospun membrane and a carrier fabric during this Phase I program. These laminates will be tested for breathability, bond strength and launderability. At the end of Phase I, we will provide a reportwith results and conclusions, and a Phase II plan, schedule and cost estimate.This program will provide lightweight semi-permeable or selectively permeable electrospun membrane laminates for NBC protective suits. Semi-permeable membrane materials are already widely used in commercial applications. Electrospun fiber technology isnot presently used in the commercial fabric industry, but offers great potential for integration of new materials into the fabric construction process, as well as potential medical and packaging applications.

Principal Investigator:

Harry S. Katz

Business Contact:

Harry S. Katz
Small Business Information at Submission:

Utility Development Corp.
112 Naylon Avenue Livingston, NJ 07039

EIN/Tax ID: 222429539
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No