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Durable Stretch Barrier Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Contract: W911QY-19-P-0010
Agency Tracking Number: C181-003-0030
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: CBD181-003
Solicitation Number: 18.1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-01-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-07-27
Small Business Information
301 1st Street SW Suite 200
Roanoke, VA 24011
United States
DUNS: 627132913
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Bryan Koene
 Principal Investigator
 (540) 558-1699
Business Contact
 Michael Pruzan
Phone: (540) 769-8430
Research Institution

The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) presents a serious security threat to U.S. and allied personnel around the world. Military personnel and first responders must be prepared to operate under a wide range of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) threats. Commercially available CBRN protective suits are bulky offering little dexterity to the wearer, therefore new stretch materials are desired to enhance comfort and agility. While offering increased freedom of movement, currently available stretchable fabrics, are unable to provide the chemical barrier protection required to respond to CBRN events. The ideal solution would provide stretch durability of 12 – 20% while still providing stringent chemical and vapor protection. Researchers at Luna have developed elastomeric barrier materials that have shown significantly reduced chemical permeation while greatly improving toughness and puncture resistance. The resulting composite barrier system will be designed to allow lamination onto flame resistant fabrics demonstrating the practicality of the barrier system. The Phase I development program will demonstrate a multi-protective composite with superior chemical and biological protection that can easily be incorporated into new CBRN protective ensembles with high user acceptability for comfort.

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