Disruptive fibers and textiles for flexible protection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-12-C-0121
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4516
Amount: $730,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-053
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
8306 Patuxent Range Road, Unit 105, Jessup, MD, 20794
DUNS: 794528567
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Lettow
 (301) 497-9000
Business Contact
 Christy Martin
Title: Director
Phone: (301) 497-9000
Email: christy.martin@vorbeck.com
Research Institution
Disruptive fibers for flexible armor and related applications require high modulus, tenacity, and thermal/environmental stability. In organic fibers, high stiffness arises from high molecular orientation, often coupled with high crystallinity within the polymer chains. On the other hand, the strength and modulus of composite fibers reinforced with fillers are mainly due to the load carrying capacity of the filler through load transfer at the interface. Nanoparticle fillers can reinforce the polymer matrix and can also modify the crystallization of the polymer matrix by changing crystallinity. Combined with high strength nanofillers, we will use new processes and materials to optimizing the performance of hybrid-fibers for flexible armor applications.

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