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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,989.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911QY-12-P-0281
Agency Tracking Number:
A121-054-0961
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
A12-054
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
Tex Tech Industries Inc.
105 North Main St, PO Box 8, No, ME, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
103962072
Principal Investigator:
David Erb
Director of Research and Developmen
(207) 933-4404
erbdf@textech.us
Business Contact:
John Stankewicz
Chief Financial Officer
(207) 933-4404
jStankewicz@textech.us
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
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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