Multifunctional Materials & Component Technologies for Managing Micro-Climate Domain in the Integrated Aircrew Ensemble (IAE) Architecture
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ENGINEERED YARNS CO.
Div. of Pascale Industries, Inc., 939 Currant Road, Fall River, MA, 02720
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AbstractEY agrees with Air Force that integration of technologies on archaic aircrew ensemble architecture of 1960’s doesn’t allow leveraging the full potential of the component functionalities in the resulting “Christmas Tree Architecture”. EY proposes an IAE architecture where specific functionalities are designated into two main domains. Micro-Climate Domain – Layers of ensemble that are next to the skin and Macro-Climate Domain – where external interaction is fundamentally more critical. Micro-Climate focuses on user physiological and thermal balance issues, Macro-Climate Domain would focus on ballistics and survival related issues. One magic material solution for aircrew ensemble that has all the desired functionalities and work across multiple platforms does not exist. EY proposes a managed risk approach of developing, adapting and integrating multifunctional materials & components (TRL – 6 and above) to develop an IAE ensemble that helps manage the Aircrew’s Micro-Climate. Engineered Yarns (EY) proposes to develop and demonstrate the following low risk multifunctional technologies for IAE. •Bi-Layer no Melt No Drip fabrics for Fire Protection, Thermal and Physiological management •Controlled Air Permeable Electro-Spun Web for CB Protection, Thermal and Physiological management •Hydrogel Based Smart Closure System – User comfort and thermal balance •High Bulk Low Weight Fabrics for Reduced Layers
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