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Low-cost Integrated Blast Acquisition Test Surrogate

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Health Agency
Contract: HT9425-23-C-0055
Agency Tracking Number: H2-0758
Amount: $1,099,992.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: DHA22B-001
Solicitation Number: 22.B
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-08-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2025-12-17
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810-1111
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 John Grimble
 (978) 738-8187
Business Contact
 William Marinelli
Phone: (978) 738-8226
Research Institution
 Wayne State University
 Cynthia Bir
5050 Anthony Wayne Drive
Detroit, MI 48202-3902
United States

 (303) 577-7821
 Nonprofit College or University

Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI), in collaboration with Wayne State University (WSU), proposes to develop a low-cost blast surrogate testing device that can be used to evaluate next generation personal protective equipment (PPE). Although new material advancements could be used to mitigate the blast wave through improved PPE design, a more advanced test surrogate is needed to inform PPE design decisions. To address this need, PSI proposes to develop a low cost surrogate model that can evaluate damage to the brain, lungs and neurosensory system from a blast wave event. The proposed low-cost approach will provide the ability to automatically acquire data and share data wirelessly. Reduced cost will be achieved through modern 3D printing techniques, and by developing/sourcing low cost sensors. PSI will develop a low-cost force sensor using a Load Sensing Elastomer (LSE) to monitor forces on the neurosensory system. Collaboration with WSU will enable us to test the blast surrogate and establish algorithms to identify potential organ damage. At the end of Phase II, PSI will have developed and tested an integrated low-cost torso surrogate device with an ability to withstand a blast wave with peak pressures of at least 130 psi. ​​​​​​​

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