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Thermally Insulative Diving Suit

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-09-P-0034
Agency Tracking Number: S091-001-0075
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM09-001
Solicitation Number: 2009.1
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-07-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-01-09
Small Business Information
200 Boston Avenue Suite 1000
Medford, MA 02155
United States
DUNS: 786127522
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 David Gilbert
 (781) 306-0609
Business Contact
 Petra Botha
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 306-0609
Research Institution

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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