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Nanolayer-Coated Flame-Retardant Fabrics for Space Crew Clothing

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC22CA061
Agency Tracking Number: 212719
Amount: $799,998.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H3
Solicitation Number: SBIR_21_P2
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-08-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-08-09
Small Business Information
2531 West 237th Street, Suite 127
Torrance, CA 90505-5245
United States
DUNS: 114060861
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Maksudul Alam
 (310) 530-2011
Business Contact
 Kisholoy Goswami
Phone: (310) 530-2011
Research Institution

nbsp;NASA is seeking effective flame retardant (FR) treatment for next-to-the-skin crew clothing. This treatment must be compatible with fabrics relevant to the NASA space crew. The treated clothing must remain: (1) nontoxic even under flame, (2) comfortably wearable, (3) durable to withstand multiple washing/drying cycles, and (4) resistant to combustion in an atmosphere of 36% oxygen at a pressure of 8.2 psi (56.5 kPa). Currently, there exists a technology gap to meet FR needs for crew clothing. Toward this, InnoSense LLC (ISL) will continue developing durable FR treatment using non-halogenated and nontoxic organophosphorus materials (FROMtrade;). In Phase I, ISL demonstrated the technical feasibility by achieving permanent FR coating for polyester (PET) fabrics. Test data showed high coating durability, soft-to-the-touch attribute, nontoxicity, insignificant weight gain, limited oxygen index of ge;56%, and excellent FR performance in both 20% and 36% O2 environments, thereby, exceeding Phase I performance targets. In Phase II, ISL will focus on the optimization and scale-up of treatment process, and perform rigorous testing. Evaluation and validation of FROM-treated fabric in a simulated space environment are also planned. At the end of Phase II, FROM-treated prototype fabric samples will be delivered to NASA for evaluation.

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