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Development of Lightweight, Recyclable Low Cost, Nonwoven Cloth Duck Material

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-12-P-0281
Agency Tracking Number: A121-054-0961
Amount: $99,989.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A12-054
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2012
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2012-04-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
105 North Main St PO Box 8
No, ME -
United States
DUNS: 103962072
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 David Erb
 Director of Research and Developmen
 (207) 933-4404
Business Contact
 John Stankewicz
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (207) 933-4404
Research Institution

Nylon fabric is a polyamide that is lightweight, strong and durable. The fabric dries quickly when wet and provides comfort. Nylon is used in multiple applications ranging from apparel, home furnishings, industrial applications and geo-textiles. The cloth specified by this proposal is Mil-C- 43734"Cloth, Duck, Nylon", Types 4 & 5 that utilizes 500 Denier Textured Nylon yarns with a polyurethane back coating.. Because of the nylon"s excellent strength properties including high tensile strength, good tear strength, excellent friction and abrasion resistance and ability to be water proofed make it a material that is used in many applications. However, the coated nylon fabric lacks any type of fire resistance (FR). When exposed to extreme heat and flames, fabric containing synthetic materials like nylon will melt and can fuse to the skin. This creates a centralized hot area against the skin and can lead to major burns. Tex Tech Industries (Tex Tech) and the University of Maine at Orono (UMaine) have developed a potential solution to create a Nylon fabric substitute with similar or better strength properties that provides fire protection.

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