Cosmetic Coating to Protect Unclothed Skin from Thermal (Burn) Injury

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-09-C-0042
Agency Tracking Number: A083-183-0144
Amount: $119,990.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-183
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, 78733
DUNS: 625120902
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Bulluck
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 263-2101
Business Contact
 Monte Fellingham
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (512) 263-2101
Research Institution
Currently, other than protective clothing there is no viable method for directly shielding dermal tissues from thermal insults. Thermal injuries to unprotected eyes and hands result in diminished full force projection for our troops. TRI/Austin is proposing an innovative protective hypoallergenic coating that can be applied topically to skin affording an improved level of burn protection for warfighters in fires and explosive events. It is anticipated the new burn protective skin paint will reduce effective skin exposure of 40 kW/m2 heat flux to less than 10 kW/m2. A systematic development and testing program will result in a non-irritating skin coating with heat absorbing and intumescing properties. Experimental design techniques will be utilized for systematically evaluating formulation and processing components resulting in a low cost, non-irritating, camouflage paint compatible, cosmetic coating to protect against thermal injury. The effectiveness of our technical approach will be demonstrated in the course of laboratory based testing including reducing the effective heat flux, skin irritation testing, compatibility with the extant camouflage paint, thermal analysis, and formulation performance when tested using MIL-DTL-32000 procedures. This systematic experimental design development approach has proved the most effective method for the development of new materials and processes.

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