Application of a Treatment to the Military Fabrics that is Affordable and Provides Durable Flame Resistant Properties

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: M67854-13-C-6515
Agency Tracking Number: N123-153-0118
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N123-153
Solicitation Number: 2012.3
Small Business Information
8 Distribution Ct, Greer, SC, -
DUNS: 078351807
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bob Brookins
 Chief Technology Officer
 (864) 373-5887
 bbrookins@me.com
Business Contact
 Stefan Susta
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (864) 908-6946
Email: ssusta@me.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
50/50 Nylon/Cotton (NyCo) fabric is currently used for many standard issue combat uniforms, such as the Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform (MCCUU) and the equivalent ACU/ABU equivalents in other DoD services. While 50/50 NyCo fabrics are proven performers in combat uniforms and are a relatively inexpensive, 50/50 NyCo fabrics have no flame resistant properties and can cause serious burn injury if the soldier is exposed to flames or attacked by an improvised explosive devices (IEDs). 50/50 Ny/Co fabrics melt and drip when exposed to high heat, sticking to the skin and intensifying soldier (burn) injuries. The goal of the proposed effort is to demonstrate a topical treatment process for 50/50 NyCo that can compete with expensive, inherently flame resistant FR fabrics on performance, while adding little additional cost to 50/50 NyCo garments. Alexium is proposing a novel and innovative approach to meeting the requirements of combat clothing. Specifically, Alexium is proposing a project that will establish the feasibility of applying an inexpensive and highly effective, topical treatment on standard military nylon/cotton fabric. In this project, Alexium is proposing to combine, in novel ways, derivations of an environmentally safe, halogen free, FR treatment - already developed for nylon fabrics - with FR chemistries traditionally used in cotton applications.

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