Novel Nuclear Radiation Protection Blanket

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0440
Agency Tracking Number: 08SB2-0316
Amount: $99,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: SB082-013
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
Materials Modification Inc
2721-D Merrilee Drive, Fairfax, VA, 22031
DUNS: 167433531
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 R. Radhakrishnan
 Chief Technology Officer
 (703) 560-1371
 radha@matmod.com
Business Contact
 T.S. Sudarshan
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (703) 560-1371
Email: sudarshan@matmod.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
A “dirty bomb” is a “radiological dispersal device” (RDD) that combines a conventional explosive with radioactive material. Protection from radiation emitted by a RDD will require shielding for first-responders and military personnel who must walk into an environment recently exposed to such explosions for decontamination. The garments currently available in the market are not suitable for such situations. A new breathable and flexible resistant fabric that can shield radiation emitted from radioactive materials such as Cs-137 and Co-60 is therefore required. In the proposed Phase I effort, Materials Modification, Inc. will fabricate a novel breathable blanket made from radiation resistant material and evaluate its radiation shielding property against Cs-137 gamma radiation. In the Phase II, radiation resistant fabrics developed in Phase I will be stitched into radiation blocking garments suitable for extended wear.

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