Multifunctional Materials & Component Technologies for Managing Micro-Climate Domain in the Integrated Aircrew Ensemble (IAE) Architecture

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-09-C-6014
Agency Tracking Number: F081-006-1311
Amount: $749,560.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF081-006
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
Div. of Pascale Industries, Inc., 939 Currant Road, Fall River, MA, 02720
DUNS: 839103348
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Vikram Sharma
 Program Manager
 (508) 673-3307
Business Contact
 Gerald Mauretti
Title: President
Phone: (508) 673-3307
Research Institution
EY Technologies (EYT) proposed to develop and demonstrate the following low risk multifunctional materials for IAE. Bi-Layer No Melt No Drip Fabric for Fire Protection and Thermal and Physiological management Controlled Air Permeable Electro-Spun Fibrous Membrane for CB Protection, Thermal and Physiological management Hydrogel Based Smart Closure System User Comfort and Thermal Balance Buoyancy Neutral High Modulus Harness System. EYT has successfully demonstrated and delivered on each of its proposed Phase1 deliverables. Building on the success of the Phase 1 EYT proposes to accomplish the following objectives in Phase2 effort:  First, Optimization and Refinement of Component Technologies (F/R Fabrics, Membranes, Hydrogel Closure and Harness); Second, Develop and Optimize Fabric Composite with Controlled Permeable Membrane, F/R and Durable Water-Repellent Shell Fabric; Third, Generate Full Scale Prototypes for both Single Layer and Dual Layer IAE Architecture; Fourth, conduct Comfort Analysis of materials and prototype ensembles through Physical, Ret, Rct, Water-Immersion and Mannequin testing. For Phase 2, EYT intends to govern the refinement of components for IAE architecture by two fundamental principles: o User Acceptance i.e. Comfort through management of Micro-Climate o Protection  (Flame, Thermal and Water - through F/R Fabrics, Hydrogel Closure and Light Weight High Bulk Insulation) BENEFITS: A low cost low risk approach to develop fabrics and textile components that help Reduce Thermal Stresses, improve Thermal Protection and Water Management properties using existing techniques and commercially available materials will have tremendous application in areas beyond Military application. Managing the Micro-Climate Domain of the user Layers of ensemble that are next to the skin and Macro-Climate Domain where external interaction is fundamentally more critical, and material and development approach could potentially save significant levels of investments and be applicable for protection for First Responders, Industrial Workers, Health Care Industry etc.. Furthermore, material technologies would also have great application in providing high performance clothing, beyond Military, in professional sports arena. Similar to Fighter pilot all EYT proposed IAE architecture where specific functionalities were designated into two main domains.  Engineered textile materials can help generate a truly comfortable ensemble for the user providing thermal and moisture management and chemical biological protection, which will have applications in all outdoors sports like - racing, X-treme sports protective gear and even provide home market access (light blankets for home). Such an ensemble system composed of multifunctional component technologies will reduce the risk of thermal injury or cold weather injury and reduce fatality rates. For the military application, Flame Retardant fabric, CB protective fabric, Low Thermal Burden System resulting in a comfortable and wear-and-forget system can be the basis of an integrated Aircrew Ensemble that enables application across all aviation platforms.

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