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
Amount:
$80,000.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
M67854-13-C-6515
Agency Tracking Number:
N123-153-0118
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
N123-153
Solicitation Number:
2012.3
Small Business Information
Alexium Government Solutions LLC
8 Distribution Ct, Greer, SC, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
078351807
Principal Investigator:
Bob Brookins
Chief Technology Officer
(864) 373-5887
bbrookins@me.com
Business Contact:
Stefan Susta
President/CEO
(864) 908-6946
ssusta@me.com
Research Institution:
Stub




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.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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