Improved System and Methods for Evaluating Protective Material Performance to Chemical Agents

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Contract: N61331-02-M-3805
Agency Tracking Number: C021-0160
Amount: $69,897.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
17 Godfrey Drive, Orono, ME, 04473
DUNS: 927941534
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dean Smith
 (207) 866-0100
Business Contact
 Tom Lynott
Title: Director of Operations
Phone: (207) 866-2130
Research Institution
"Sensor Research and Development Corporation (SRD) proposes to develop an Automated Measurement of Breakthrough in Real-time (AMBR) prototype to test chemical protective materials. AMBR will increase the safety, efficiency, and sample throughput for fabrictests while improving data quality and expanding test capabilities. SRD will develop AMBR by integrating proven solid-state chemical agent sensor technology with commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) robotic sample delivery and environmental control systems.AMBR will improve current test operating procedures and allow direct comparison of solid-state sensors to legacy permeation detectors.Existing fabric test methods are labor intensive, require too many steps, are not reproducible, and provide limited data without real-time capability. AMBR will measure a time-resolved permeation profile of chemical breakthrough over a wide dynamic rangeon multiple fabric swatches simultaneously. Improved data quality will offer a better understanding of the chemical/physical properties of current chemical agent suits and influence the design of future protective fabrics. This understanding is criticallyneeded to ensure the safety of soldiers and "first responders" (firemen, policemen) under chemical attack.SRD will resolve environmental chamber and gas delivery issues under Phase I and deliver an automated field-tested prototype with detailed operating procedures and performance data at the end of th

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