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Multilayer Thermally Induced Curl Fiber

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-1510
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Multilayer Thermally Induced Curl Fiber
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W91CRB-13-C-0039
Award Amount: $499,867.00


To address the Army's need for a high-performance, climate-adaptive thermal insulation material, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) developed a new Multilayer Thermally Induced Curl (MULTIC) fiber. The MULTIC technology offers the Army an"all-in-one"protective garment solution that responds instantly to the thermal protection needs of the Soldier, mitigating the need to carry additional layers of clothing and thus reducing the weight and space requirements of the carry load. Thermal adaptability is achieved by using"smart"polymer fibers that can be integrated in nonwoven padding mats for use in sleeping bags and blankets, or for outerwear garments such as fleece jackets and vests. MULTIC-based materials are proven to increase loft at low ambient temperatures, adjusting the amount of thermal insulation according to the current weather conditions. The new fibers can be inexpensively produced using conventional manufacturing techniques from commercially available polymers. In Phase I, POC demonstrated the feasibility of MULTIC adaptive fibers by producing an experimental fiber spinning apparatus and manufacturing and testing samples of thermally responsive fibers. In Phase II, POC plans to manufacture, in cooperation with our protective clothing industry partner, functional garment components and conduct product qualification through thermal performance testing with full-size models.

Principal Investigator:

Alex Kolessov
Group Leader
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

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

Physical Optics Corporation
Photonic Systems Division 1845 W. 205th Street Torrance, CA -

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