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Manufacturing of Flame Resistant (FR) Combat Printed Nonwoven Material

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-16-P-0270
Agency Tracking Number: A16A-015-0048
Amount: $149,357.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A16A-T015
Solicitation Number: 2016.0
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-08-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-02-26
Small Business Information
737 Concord Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
DUNS: 557201394
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Xinhua Li, Ph.D.
 (617) 621-8500
Business Contact
 Kateri Paul, Ph.D.
Phone: (617) 621-8500
Research Institution
 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
 David Smelser, CRA
Office of Sponsored Programs | Office of Research & Engagement 1534 White Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996
United States

 (865) 974-3466
 Nonprofit College or University

Even though nonwovens offer significant cost savings over woven fabrics, nonwovens are mostly used for disposable protective clothing, wipes, filters, and geotextiles. The low adoption rate of nonwovens in reusable garments is due to the difficulty in producing fabrics with a combination of desired properties that mimic woven fabrics. For example, a nonwoven with the drapability and air permeability of a comparable woven fabric will often exhibit unacceptably poor abrasion resistance and lower tensile and shear strength. The need for additional functionality, such as flame retardancy (FR), may compound the challenges to acceptance of nonwovens. The objective of the proposed research is to produce a dyeable FR nonwoven fabric that is durable to 100 washings, has a burst strength of 25 pounds, an air permeability of 240 CFM, and excellent dimensional stability. Nano Terra will combine their expertise in FR fabrics with the expertise of Dr. Gajanan Bhat at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in nonwoven fabrics to produce nonwoven textiles that meet and exceed the specifications and are suitable for widespread use in combat uniforms. The proposed effort will involve forming of fabrics from a combination of commercially-available and chemically-modified FR fibers using state-of-the-art bonding techniques.

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