Disruptive fibers and textiles for flexible protection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-10-C-0047
Agency Tracking Number: A092-053-1880
Amount: $69,988.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-053
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
8306 Patuxent Range Road, Unit 105, Jessup, MD, 20794
DUNS: 794528567
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Lettow
 President
 (301) 497-9000
 john.lettow@vorbeck.com
Business Contact
 Gautham Krishnaiah
Title: V. P. (Operations & Finance)
Phone: (301) 497-9000
Email: Kathy@altfueltechnology.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Disruptive fibers for flexible armor and related applications require high modulus, tenacity, and thermal/environmental stability. In organic fibers, high stiffness arises from high molecular orientation, often coupled with high crystallinity within the polymer chains. On the other hand, the strength and modulus of composite fibers reinforced with fillers are mainly due to the load carrying capacity of the filler through load transfer at the interface. Nanoparticle fillers can reinforce the polymer matrix and can also modify the crystallization of the polymer matrix by changing the morphology of the crystalline phase and/or by increasing the crystallization rate. Combined with high strength nanofillers, new processes and materials may provide routes for optimizing the conventional processing of low-cost commodity polymers, as alternatives to expensive polymers.

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