Novel Textiles for Use as Friction Buffer on Parachutes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-12-P-0321
Agency Tracking Number: A121-052-0900
Amount: $94,800.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A12-052
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
Luna Innovations Incorporated
1 Riverside Circle, Suite 400, Ro, VA, -
DUNS: 627132913
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Laura Habersack
 Principal Investigator
 (540) 558-1663
Business Contact
 Elizabeth Gaudin
Title: Senior Contracts Administrator
Phone: (540) 557-5881
Research Institution
During parachute deployments, nylon canopy cloth and nylon suspension lines are dragged across other nylon materials at high speeds which result in frictional heat damage. Cotton is used as a buffer material in sleeves, suspension stow line loops, deployment bags and as barrier fabrics between nylon webbings. Yet, cotton yarn production and textile manufacturing in the US is decreasing due to the shift in textile manufacturing to Asia. The ability to purchase high strength cotton in the US, thereby maintaining Barry Amendment compliance, is becoming more difficult. There is a critical need in the Army to develop a material that can perform like cotton as energy-absorbing buffer materials in parachutes. Luna Innovations is addressing the need to reduce or eliminate cotton as parachute buffer materials through the use of low friction, thermally conductive textile coatings on nylon. The novel coating will reduce the frictional heating of nylon on nylon upon deployment.

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