Aerogel Augmented Thermal Protection for Divers'' Hands

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-10-C-0364
Agency Tracking Number: N082-189-1007
Amount: $442,891.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-189
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
ASPEN AEROGELS, INC.
30 Forbes Road, Building B, Northborough, MA, -
DUNS: 012924069
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Roxana Trifu
 Principal Investigator
 (508) 466-3114
 rtrifu@aerogel.com
Business Contact
 Kevin Schmidt
Title: VP, Operations
Phone: (508) 691-1161
Email: contracts@aerogel.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
During the Phase I program, Aspen Aerogels developed a passive thermal protection solution for diver hands based on a new, low dusting formulation of aerogel insulation. Building on the successful material development accomplished during Phase I, the Phase II work will optimize and scale up the aerogel insulation to meet the thermal requirements for extremely cold water diving and enhanced diver comfort and dexterity. Two rubberized materials which demonstrated reduced particulate shedding during Phase I will be investigated for scale up to pilot production. The manufacturing process and formulation of the aerogels will be optimized to provide suitable water resistance, durability, dust performance, flexibility, while maintaining compatibility for larger scale manufacturing. Super-insulating gloves will be fabricated using an aerogel infiltration process which utilizes conventional engineered glove liners as the base reinforcement structure. Further optimization of the aerogel fabrication will target compatibility with existing manufacturing plant production processes. The work in the Phase II option programs will focus on translating the fabrication process of aerogel materials from bench scale to pilot plant scale. One aerogel formulation will be down-selected and aerogel gloves prototypes will be assembled from flat aerogel stock produced at large scale.

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