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Aerogel insulation blankets for shipboard noise suppression

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
70293
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N043-221-1002
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ASPEN AEROGELS, INC.
30 Forbes Road Building B Northborough, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Aerogel insulation blankets for shipboard noise suppression
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N65538-05-M-0028
Award Amount: $69,959.00
 

Abstract:

High noise levels on aircraft carriers from onboard flight operations impart tremendous implications, including miscommunication during combat and training, reduced crew combat effectiveness from stress and fatigue, and medical expenses from hearing damage. To mitigate the cost and safety concerns, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Occupational Safety and Health Requirements stipulate that new ship designs incorporate acoustical treatments so that the equivalent noise level at watchstander stations is less than 84 dBA. To accomplish this objective, the Navy wants to develop new sound insulation which surpasses current state-of-the-art materials for passive noise reduction. Prior efforts have shown that aerogel insulation blankets, developed for thermal purposes only, have potential to absorb sound. On the proposed effort, Aspen Aerogels, Inc. will optimize those aerogel blanket materials specifically for acoustic noise suppression. Aspen will vary chemical composition, density, and pore size, as well as include hybrid material solutions. Phase II will scale up development and perform full testing needed to qualify the system for shipboard use. Overall, the proposed aerogel insulation will be cost effective, light-weight, and able to satisfy thermal, smoke, and fire barrier requirements.

Principal Investigator:

Ryan Donovan
Principal Investigator
5086911184
rdonovan@aerogel.com

Business Contact:

Patrick J. Piper
CFO
5086911150
contracts@aerogel.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ASPEN AEROGELS, INC.
30 Forbes Road, Building B Northborough, MA 01532

EIN/Tax ID: 043559972
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No