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Compression Resistant Air Barrier (CRAB) Wetsuit

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-20-C-0903
Agency Tracking Number: N202-130-0036
Amount: $139,966.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N202-130
Solicitation Number: 20.2
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-10-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-04-13
Small Business Information
11149 Bradford Road
Littleton, CO 80127-4200
United States
DUNS: 148034408
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Thierry Carriere
 (303) 874-8289
Business Contact
 Nada Farmer
Phone: (303) 792-5615
Research Institution

Navy divers and other underwater operators need the ability to conduct lengthy and complex missions anywhere in the world. Hypothermia is a common concern when diving in cold or deep water, potentially endangering the well-being of divers and compromising the success of the mission. Given the strategic importance of seas surrounding Russia and others, and the increased economic stakes placed on accessing the Arctic sea and its mineral resources, US warfare operators cannot afford to be hampered by hypothermia in their missions. ADA Technologies proposes to develop a new cold water wetsuit, capable of preventing hypothermia by incorporating an incompressible air gap in the wetsuit’s structure, combined with a radiant heat reflective layer. Preliminary modeling of a 9 mm wetsuit incorporating these elements shows that it could reduce body heat losses sufficiently to enable long cold water dives. In Phase I, ADA will assemble and thermally test CRAB (compression resistant air barrier) wetsuit coupons to determine the optimal design structure. ADA will benefit from the expertise of a variety of undersea medicine experts to assist in the project. In addition, Aqua Lung, a leader in diving equipment, has expressed interest in the technology for use in military and commercial markets.

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