Superabsorbent Polymer Cloth
To address the Navy"s need for a field drying system for clothing and boots that uses no power, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Superabsorbent Polymer Cloth (SAPCLOTH). This proposed device is based on a new design that utilizes POC-developed and tested components and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) superabsorbent polymer materials, along with new system integration. The innovation in the SAPCLOTH multilayered fabric will enable it to rapidly dry boots and clothing without the use of a power source. As a result, this technology offers repeated drying, light weight, portability, low cost, safety, nontoxicity, and environmental friendliness, which directly address requirements of the Combat Clothing Program in PM ICE. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of the SAPCLOTH using a safe and affordable prototype to dry boots and clothing. In Phase II, POC plans to test an enhanced prototype in a combat-type environment at an approved government test facility, provide a test report, prepare a cost and manufacturing plan, optimize the number of drying cycles, establish protocols for testing and verification with the Marines, and provide samples for user evaluation.
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Chief Financial Officer
Physical Optics Corporation
Products and Engineering Division 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA -
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