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Superabsorbent Polymer Cloth

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Department of Defense
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2013 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Superabsorbent Polymer Cloth
Agency: DOD
Contract: M67854-13-C-6505
Award Amount: $79,991.00


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.

Principal Investigator:

Pedram Boghrat
Research Scientist
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Optics Corporation
Products and Engineering Division 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330118051
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No