Improved Solar Shade (ISS) with Enhanced Durability and Performance

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-13-P-0003
Agency Tracking Number: A122-095-0335
Amount: $99,696.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A12-095
Solicitation Number: 2012.2
Small Business Information
300 Westdale Avenue, Westerville, OH, -
DUNS: 87-729-94
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kenneth Heater
 Principal Research Engineer
 (614) 797-2200
Business Contact
 Kenneth Heater
Title: Principal Engineer
Phone: (614) 797-2200
Research Institution
Solar shading is used by the military in many different field applications as a cost effective approach to reduce fuel consumption for climate control in expeditionary shelters. These relatively simple, low cost shades offer one of the most significant energy saving solutions for expeditionary shelters in warm climates, providing greater than 70% solar block capability and an air gap (convective cooling) between the shade and the covered object which greatly lowers the effects of solar heating. However, due to the harsh service and environmental conditions, the current solar shade systems lack durability and typically only last through about one year of service. Therefore, a new solar shade material is desired that is still lightweight with the same or improved solar shading and energy saving potential, yet be more durable so the service life can extended to at least four years. METSS will address this challenge under the proposed program by modifying the textile design and improving the environmental resistance of the materials used in the solar shade construction to develop improved solar shade material that are more durable and capable of withstanding the harsh physical and environmental conditions to which these structures are exposed.

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