Rapidly Deployable Thin Film Camouflage

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,182.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W56HZV-11-C-0061
Agency Tracking Number:
A102-140-0133
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
A10-140
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
August Research Systems
2414 Lytle Road, Suite 101, Bethel Park, PA, 15102
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
197732329
Principal Investigator:
David Vituccio
President
(412) 854-1096
DTV@AugustRS.com
Business Contact:
David Vituccio
President
(412) 854-1096
DTV@AugustRS.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
August Research Systems, Inc. proposes to establish the feasibility of rapidly deployable, thin-film camouflage coatings for on ground vehicles. The film-based coatings will leverage the robust and expanding vehicle wraps industry, which provides full-vehicle appliqué systems that are digitally printed, self-adhesive, vinyl films that serve as a medium for vivid vehicle graphics, while the underlying vehicle paint is protected. Vehicle wraps offer potential advantages in military use among which are: enabling color-rich, digitally optimized camouflage patterns without the need for paint; the circumvention of a paint operation for refreshing or changing vehicle appearance; a deployable and field-installable coating system that is 0-VOC and free of hazardous air pollutants; protection and life extension of underlying CARC paint; and rapid, cost-effective repair or replacement. However, wrap technology does not address several important military requirements such as non-slip properties, specific camouflage color and gloss characteristics, and near infrared reflectance spectral requirements. This Phase I effort will, through testing and evaluation, quantify the shortcomings of current wrap material and manufacturing technology per military requirements and define innovative approaches for the engineering and production of militarily useful wrap materials for vehicle applications.

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