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Durable Stretch Barrier Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Contract: W911QY-20-C-0022
Agency Tracking Number: C2-0564
Amount: $505,963.89
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: CBD181-003
Solicitation Number: 18.1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-03-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-03-31
Small Business Information
200 Turnpike Road
Chelmsford, MA 01824
United States
DUNS: 080145707
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Apoorva Shah
 Technical Director
 (978) 856-4197
Business Contact
 Ari Giaya
Phone: (508) 330-4481
Research Institution

Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear (CBRN) protective ensembles are widely used by the US Military and civilian first responders as the first line of defense for personnel working in contaminated environments. Many innovative products have been developed for the chemical protective clothing market in response to demand from the market place for improved performance. However, the need for technology that improves end-user comfort remains largely unmet. In the Phase I LaunchBay created a new reversibly stretchable barrier fabric that not only exhibited reversible biaxial elongations of up to 17%, but was also shown to possess sufficient chemical barrier properties to meet NFPA 1994 Class I specifications against tested liquid and vapor challenges, both before and after 100 stretching cycles. The technology shows promise towards developing the next generation of stretchable CBRN protective ensembles that provides the wearer greater comfort and maneuverability. The Phase II aims to build on this work to further optimize the stretchable barrier fabric for its overall weight, barrier properties, stretch properties, manufacturability and scale up the final fabric to 50-60” width.

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