Multi-Axis Vibration Mitigation and Habitability Improvement for Seated Occupants

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-12-C-0330
Agency Tracking Number: N101-026-0953
Amount: $787,039.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: N101-026
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
11995 El Camino Real Suite 200, Suite 200, San Diego, CA, 92130-2566
DUNS: 133709001
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Deiters
 Manager, Design/Analysis
 (858) 480-2080
Business Contact
 David Hunt
Title: VP, Business Development
Phone: (858) 480-2095
Research Institution
This proposal addresses the continued development of an innovative seat cushion design that actively promotes healthy blood circulation in the upper legs and buttocks by reducing the seated pressure where blood flow is blocked; this restores oxygenated blood to these regions, which reduces or eliminates symptoms of numbness and muscle ache. The Phase II effort will initially focus on rigorous quantitative test that involves making physiological measurements that can be correlated with symptoms associated with long-duration sitting (numbness, excessive pressure, muscle ache, lower back pain, etc.). The base period of the Phase II study will be spent determining the values of the parameters that minimize discomfort and maximize the productivity of the seated occupant for extended periods of seated activity. A prototype seat cushion will be available at the end of the base period that can be used for demonstrations and further studies. An optional period of performance is proposed for Phase II during which the documentation necessary for NAVAIR review and approval of the seat cushion for flight testing on an E-2C will be developed. The deliverable at the end of the option period will be a seat cushion that has been approved for flight testing.

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