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Non-destructive Webbing Strength Indicator

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-20-C-0003
Agency Tracking Number: N19B-032-0075
Amount: $139,988.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N19B-T032
Solicitation Number: 19.B
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-10-05
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-04-06
Small Business Information
12345 W. 52nd Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
United States
DUNS: 181947730
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Girish Srinivas
 Principal Engineer
 (303) 940-2321
 gsrinivas@tda.com
Business Contact
 Mr. John D. Wright
Phone: (303) 940-2300
Email: jdwright@tda.com
Research Institution
 Wilson College of Textiles, North Carolina State University
 Dr. Emiel DenHartog Dr. Emiel DenHartog
 
Room 3269 1020 Main Campus Drive
Raleigh, ND 27606
United States

 (919) 515-6659
 Nonprofit College or University
Abstract

Webbing is strong, woven material that is used to secure cargo as well as for safety equipment such as seat belts, harnesses, and parachute rigging. Due to its extensive use in Military applications, the strength of the webbing is a key component of equipment design, especially in the case of safety gear that protects soldiers, as lives may be dependent on the strength and proper performance of the webbing. However, webbing inspection methods are mainly limited to visual inspection. This severely limits the assessment of webbing strength that can be made, since webbing is degraded by many unseen factors such as abrasion and exposure to UV radiation. Mechanical testing is costly and requires equipment to be taken out of use, resulting in an undesirable trade-off between costly, destructive testing, premature replacement of the webbing, and or unnecessarily putting personnel in danger. To help with webbing inspection, in this project, TDA will develop a portable, non-destructive analysis device for the inspecting of webbing and determination of its mechanical properties. The capability will be able to be used at the point-of-use, so destruction of webbing and removing fielded equipment form use will not be necessary for assessing the webbings strength.

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