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Model the Interface Between a Respirator and the Human Face

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 32888
Amount: $69,944.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1996
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
1330 Braddock Pl
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dino Piccione
 (703) 683-8430
Business Contact
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Research Institution

This proposal outlines a multidiscipline approach to the issue of modeling the interface between the respirator and human face. Computer aided design techniques will be used to construct an AutoCAD model fo the M40 mask. A very fast laser scanning technique is proposed for scanning the head and face of representatives of the target population. THe high speed will allow data to capture changes in the shape of the human face while talking, running, etc. Finite eleemnt analysis (FEA) will be used to evaluate the adjoining surfaces of face and mask by evaluating boundary conditions. Human factors engineering will be used to build a model of discomfort factors based on the pressures, skin deflections, and location of pressure points, as well as contributing to the anthropometric and biological tissue considerations that will interact with the laser scans and finite element analyses. The deliverables for this effort will be a literature search report covering the areas of FEA and skin mechanics, mask design and discomfort, and the use of laser scanning in the mask design process; an AutoCAD file of the M40 mask; and a technical report regarding the modeling efforts in the areas of laser scanning, FEA, and fit/discomfort.

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