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Novel Textiles for Use as Friction Buffer on Parachutes

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Department of Defense
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2012 / SBIR
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CTW Development Company, LLC
5549 Five Knolls Drive Ch, NC -
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Woman-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Novel Textiles for Use as Friction Buffer on Parachutes
Agency: DOD
Contract: W911QY-12-P-0343
Award Amount: $94,800.00


During the parachute deployment, cotton"buffer"fabrics are employed to prevent friction/abrasion damage to the nylon fabrics as they rub against each other at high speeds. Due to procurement difficulties and several technical deficiencies, the Army would like to replace the cotton"buffer"with an alternative. We propose to develop an improved"buffer"fabric by designing and utilizing specific tests to mimic the friction/abrasion/temperature profiles of the parachute deployment process. Using these test protocols, along with other tests to measure important secondary properties, we will fully characterize the current buffer fabric and evaluate a range of fiber/polymer/fabric constructions that could potentially meet the final product requirements. In the subsequent phases of the project, we will utilize the developed tests to optimize a cost effective, commercially scalable"buffer"fabric that exceeds the current material performance. The assembled team is well positioned to be successful in this project with over 30 years of experience in fibers and textiles, specifically fiber and fabric friction,lubrication, surface modification and fabric development. The partners have proven success bringing developed products to market. CTW Development Company is teamed with a successful and innovative manufacturer of highly engineered textile products with facilities from fiber extrusion through final fabric production.

Principal Investigator:

Thomas Theyson
(704) 619-4669

Business Contact:

John Wilson
(704) 579-8417
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CTW Development Company, LLC
5549 Five Knolls Drive Ch, NC -

EIN/Tax ID: 272376214
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No