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Canine training aids for HMTD detection

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
94801
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
1021022
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
H-SB010.2-004
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Physical Sciences Inc.
20 New England Business Center Andover, MA 01810-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Canine training aids for HMTD detection
Agency: DHS
Contract: D10PC20043
Award Amount: $99,993.00
 

Abstract:

Physical Sciences, Inc. (PSI), proposes to prepare a new class of training aids to be used for canine detection of HMTD. These training aids are expected to incorporate the components of non-energetic off-gas from genuine HMTD. By using an HMTD headspace proxy, it will be possible to present canines with a training aid that does not carry with it the handling, disposal and other concerns associated with the use of genuine samples of the sensitive energetic material. By incorporating these headspace gases in a controlled release presentation form that does not contain significant VOC`s, keying of the canines on packaging/labeling residuals will be avoided. In Phase I, PSI will identify the off-gas associated with HMTD degradation and adsorb these gases/liquids into a porous non-polymeric mixture for delivery. The scent profile of material formulated in this way will be assessed by headspace analysis in comparison to genuine HMTD headspace analysis. In Phase II, PSI will optimize the release system, create a final packaged solution and produce 100 training aids for evaluation with DHS detection dogs.  The release system proposed for these HMTD training aids is expected to have potential application in a range of explosive and narcotic canine training products.

Principal Investigator:

David A. Skyler
9786890003
skyler@psicorp.com

Business Contact:

Byron D. Green
9786890003
bdg@psicorp.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Sciences Inc.
20 NEW ENGLAND BUSINESS CENTER DR ANDOVER, MA 01810

EIN/Tax ID: 042517090
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No