Washable Wool Products for Individual Protection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-10-C-0049
Agency Tracking Number: A093-165-0473
Amount: $119,964.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-165
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
Sheep Venture Company
9785 Maroon Circle, Suite 360, Englewoold, CO, 80112
DUNS: 831505354
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mitch Driggers
 Principal Investigator
 (334) 897-3002
Business Contact
 Lance Kincaid
Title: Operations Director
Phone: (303) 771-3500
Email: larry@sheepusa.org
Research Institution
The increase in burn injuries suffered by US Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan has made flame resistant combat clothing of great importance to improving individual Soldier protection. Wool is a naturally flame resistant fiber, but its tendency to irreversibly shrink when washed and dried has limited its use in combat clothing. Sheep Venture Company (SVC) proposes to research and develop a viable domestic washable wool treatment or process that can reliably prevent wool from shrinking when washed without affecting its other properties including fire resistance. SVC’s innovative approach will lead at the end of Phase I to at least one recommended treatment or process for further work in Phase II, and to a proposed design for a manufacturing line for commercial application of the recommended treatment or process. SVC will also establish key performance standards for washable wool at the top (prepared for spinning) and yarn stage, whereas standards are only available at present for finished knitted and woven fabrics. These new standards will mean that new processes and treatments can be evaluated at the top and yarn stage, reducing development time and costs, and will be of great benefit as new washable wool products are developed in Phase II.

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