Individual Soldier, Active Flame Suppression/Avoidance/Barrier System for Head/Face Protection

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,555.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
W911QY-11-P-0290
Solitcitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Branch:
Army
Award Year:
2011
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
A111-047-0699
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11-047
Small Business Information
METSS Corporation
300 Westdale Avenue, Westerville, OH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
87-729-94
Principal Investigator
 Kenneth Heater
 President
 (614) 797-2200
 kheater@metss.com
Business Contact
 Kenneth Heater
Title: President
Phone: (614) 797-2200
Email: kheater@metss.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Combat soldiers encounter battlefield threats of fire from various sources such as pool fires and improvised explosive devices (IED). Fire, flame and thermal threats yield burn casualties of varying levels of severity and death. As a consequence, the Army seeks a thermal/flame-activated system or technology capable of providing a protective envelop about the head and face for flame avoidance, providing an insulated flame barrier from flame, or providing a combination of the two. A protection system worn by a soldier to deploy in the event of a thermal threat must be lightweight, have a low profile, be safe, be fast acting, and operate with little or no interference with other soldier activities or functions. The proposed approach by METSS is the development of a self-triggering, thermally activated personal head and face protection system that is based on existing automobile airbag technology and high-speed optic sensor technology. The Phase I proposal addresses the design and integration of the system components, materials selection and basic system demonstration. The proposed approach will adddress all of the requirements of the SBIR program.

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