Nanotechnology Enabled, Lightweight EMI Shielding Fabrics for use with Soft Walled Shelters

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-12-C-0050
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4867
Amount: $378,891.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-161
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
2541 Appletree Dr, Pittsburgh, PA, -
DUNS: 175305841
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Brutlag
 Principal Investigator
 (760) 607-0425
Business Contact
 Robert Heard
Title: President
Phone: (412) 638-1140
Research Institution
This Phase II proposal addresses a current need relevant to the US military: a lightweight and durable electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI) shielding fabric, with EMI/RFI shielding across a wide frequency range. To address this statement of need, a scale-up demonstration/validation program is proposed, based upon the previous Phase I results and on-going proprietary developments by the applicant using a cost-effective electrosynthesis of nanostructured alloys for electromagnetic shielding (Nanovate EM). Phase II is intended to use the material developed in Phase I to produce a full scale 3D prototype of Nanovate EM shielding fabric to be incorporated as a liner in a soft walled shelter. The full scale system will also address key factors in maintaining an effective shield, such as continuity of conductivity along the seams, in corners, and around fenestration. The main technical objectives of the proposed Phase II program are to: (1) construct and demonstrate/validate a system that is capable of continuously coating metalized fabrics with Nanovate EM, (2) validate and where required improve upon the fabric"s physical performance, (3) fabricate a full-scale 3D prototype of the shielding for a soft walled shelter using the Nanovate EM shielding fabric liner, and (4) validate that the fabric"s EMI/RFI shielding performance meets the specified requirements.

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