Thermally Insulative Diving Suit

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Special Operations Command
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
H92222-09-P-0034
Agency Tracking Number:
S091-001-0075
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
SOCOM09-001
Solicitation Number:
2009.1
Small Business Information
Mide Technology Corporation
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000, Medford, MA, 02155
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
786127522
Principal Investigator:
David Gilbert
President
(781) 306-0609
dgilbert@mide.com
Business Contact:
Petra Botha
Chief Financial Officer
(781) 306-0609
pbotha@mide.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
USSOCOM Special Operations Divers operate in harsh environments, often exposed to extreme cold temperaturess for extended periods of time. An advanced thermal protection system is required that provides enhanced thermal protection at cold temperatures as well as reduced thermal performance at elevated temperatures to prevent overheating. Mide proposes to combine nanomaterials with hydrogels to adjust the thermal insulation of a diving suit. The hydrogels are engineered to adapt to changing temperatures, absorbing more water at colder temperatures, thus increasing the overall thickness of the insulation and expelling water at warmer temperatures to reduce the overall garment insulation. BENEFITS: The following technology will have a wide range of applications in thermal protection garments. In particular, recreational divers will benefit from the adaptive insulation which will ease the transition from cold water to warmer surface temperatures. Aside from diving suits, this technology can be used to increase the insulation value of tents and shelters.

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