Auxetic Fabric Technology Development for Military Protective Clothing

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,998.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-12-M-0332
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N12A-012-0160
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
N12A-T012
Solicitation Number:
2012.A
Small Business Information
The Millennium Centre, 1142 Middle Creek Road, Triadelphia, WV, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
101582922
Principal Investigator:
JesseBlacker
Senior Program Manager
(304) 547-5800
jmb@trl.com
Business Contact:
ElizabethKraftician
President&CEO
(304) 547-5800
jrj@trl.com
Research Institute:
The Ohio State University
Geoffrey S Chatas
1524 North High Street
Columbus, OH, 43201-
(614) 292-9232

Abstract
The United States Navy has identified the need to investigate the use of auxetic fabric for military personnel protective clothing including jackets, shirts, pants, helmets, boots, gloves, and even body armor. Auxetic fabric technology has a unique feature in that it exhibits a negative Poisson"s ratio effect when subjected to an axial load. Auxetic fabric consists of an elastomeric core yarn, which is helically wrapped with a high stiffness fiber. In Phase I, Touchstone and its partners, (The Ohio State University and Advanced Fabric Technologies) will produce variations of the auxetic fabric, Xtegra, characterize the fabrics with both static and dynamic tensile loadings and 3D Digital Image Correlation, and begin to construct both material and numerical models for auxetics and their products (i.e., protective clothing). Touchstone"s team is uniquely positioned to complete the proposed work as AFT has exclusive rights to market and manufacture auxetic fabrics in North America. Touchstone and OSU are providing the research and development and engineering resources required to successfully develop auxetic for military applications.

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