Auxetic Textiles for Improved Blast / Ballistic Protection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-12-M-0364
Agency Tracking Number: N12A-012-0221
Amount: $149,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N12A-T012
Solicitation Number: 2012.A
Small Business Information
Luna Innovations Incorporated
1 Riverside Circle, Suite 400, Roanoke, VA, -
DUNS: 627132913
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bryan Koene
 Principal Invesitgator
 (540) 558-1699
 koeneb@lunainnovations.com
Business Contact
 Elizabeth Gaudin
Title: Sr. Contract Administrato
Phone: (540) 557-5881
Email: submissions302@lunainnovations.com
Research Institution
 Univ. of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
 Samuel Ugbolue
 Dept of Materials&Textiles
285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, MA, 02747-2300
 (508) 999-8803
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Luna Innovations teamed with University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (UMD) is developing novel auxetic textile technology to provide improved protection for military soldiers. American soldiers are exposed to significant risk of injury and death from gun shots and blast from improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Whereas heavy protective armor exists, it is very bulky leading to thermal discomfort, additional weight, and difficulty in maneuvering. Lightweight armor, on the other hand, often does not have the level of protection required for ballistic and blast protection. Recent research in the area of auxetic textiles has demonstrated a remarkable enhancement in mechanical properties compared with conventional woven textiles. These novel textiles can absorb and disperse energy extremely well for enhanced protection from blast threats. This program will exploit these unique characteristics to provide the US military with lightweight protective garments having enhanced ballistic and blast protection.

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