Aerogel Augmented Thermal Protection for Divers'' Hands

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$742,389.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-10-C-0364
Award Id:
87845
Agency Tracking Number:
N082-189-1007
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
N08-189
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Small Business Information
30 Forbes Road, Building B, Northborough, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
012924069
Principal Investigator:
Roxana Trifu
Principal Investigator
(508) 466-3114
rtrifu@aerogel.com
Business Contact:
Kevin Schmidt
VP, Operations
(508) 691-1161
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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