Aerogel Augmented Thermal Protection for Divers' Hands

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,998.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-09-M-0009
Award Id:
87845
Agency Tracking Number:
N082-189-1007
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
30 Forbes Road, Building B, Northborough, MA, 01532
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
012924069
Principal Investigator:
RoxanaTrifu
Senior Research Leader
(508) 466-3114
rtrifu@aerogel.com
Business Contact:
KevinSchmidt
VP, Operations
(508) 691-1161
contracts@aerogel.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
A diver's ability to perform dexterity work is greatly diminished in long duration missions if his hands are cold. Research has demonstrated that protecting a diver's torso, arms, and legs in cold water diving without simultaneously providing adequate thermal protection to the hands proves futile in maintaining an adequate core body temperature in long duration cold water dives. In extremely cold water diving conventional foam neoprene glove are inadequate for protecting the diver and enabling his mission. These gloves have poor thermal performance, are bulky, buoyant, inhibit dexterity and tactile sensitivity, and are difficult to maintain waterproof. The proposed study will develop a multifunctional passive thermal protection solution for diver's hands featuring augmented aerogel with impressive thermal performance. Using a new infiltration process, Aspen will transform conventionally engineered liners into augmented aerogel super insulating gloves with outstanding dexterity and durability. Phase II will continue refining the work on the superinsulating flexible glove and will provide development on the system design for additional thermal protection and hand warm-up.

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