Flexible Aerogel Insulation System for Rapidly Deployable Army Shelters

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-04-C-0015
Agency Tracking Number: A032-3106
Amount: $119,879.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: A03-190
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
Small Business Information
DUNS: 012924069
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sara Rosenberg
 Manager, Government Progr
 (508) 481-5058
Business Contact
 Kang Lee
Title: Chairman and CTO
Phone: (508) 481-5058
Email: contracts@aerogel.com
Research Institution
Aspen Aerogels, Inc. (AAI) proposes the development of silica aerogel-based, flexible, insulation systems for Army shelters as a direct replacement for the current multi-layer, cloth-based insulation blankets. The superior thermal resistance of aerogel materials will provide an insulation system with excellent thermal resistance compared to current shelter insulation solutions with an 8x reduction in thickness and total volume. AAI's unique flexible aerogel insulation blankets will allow these high performance insulation materials to be packed efficiently for storage and shipment and will maintain thermal properties through multiple strike and erect cycles. In addition, the inherently low flammability of the silica matrix of the aerogel will reduce the flammability of the overall system and reduce the thermal signature of soldiers using the tent. On the proposed effort, AAI will team with Johnson Outdoors to develop the insulation for shelters such as their Modular General Purpose Tent System (MGPTS). The new insulation materials developed on this program will improve the mobility and sustainability of ground forces and improve the effectiveness, safety, and comfort of soldiers in extreme hot and cold environments.

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