Novel Textile Constructions for Puncture Resistant Inflatable Composites
To solve the Army''s need for a novel fabric with minimum thickness and weight, which provides a 30% improvement in resistance to punctures, cuts and tears, Applied Processes, Incorporated (API) proposes to successfully develop a fabric with the desired properties. The successful development of the proposed fabric is based on the experience of the API''s research team in developing composite fabrics for many military and industrial end uses. In Phase II, the material candidates selected as a result of the Phase I work will be further developed, tested and evaluated to construct a prototype inflatable cylindrical composite structure approximately 8 feet in length and 2 feet in diameter. The uniquely qualified API team will maximize the relevant physical properties of the coated fabric used to construct the bladders. The team will design, develop and construct a full size bladder and optimize the braid to be applied over the bladder. The prototype will demonstrate the ability to withstand working pressures of 10 psi and a burst pressure of 25 psi. The ultimate goal will be to position the technology for Phase III commercialization.
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Applied Processes, Inc.
1721 Forest Drive Guntersville, AL -
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