Superabsorbent Polymer Cloth

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$79,991.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
M67854-13-C-6505
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N123-155-0033
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
N123-155
Solicitation Number:
2012.3
Small Business Information
Products and Engineering Division, 1845 West 205th Street, Torrance, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
153865951
Principal Investigator:
Pedram Boghrat
Research Scientist
(310) 320-3088
ISProposals@poc.com
Business Contact:
Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
gedrew@poc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
To address the Navy"s need for a field drying system for clothing and boots that uses no power, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Superabsorbent Polymer Cloth (SAPCLOTH). This proposed device is based on a new design that utilizes POC-developed and tested components and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) superabsorbent polymer materials, along with new system integration. The innovation in the SAPCLOTH multilayered fabric will enable it to rapidly dry boots and clothing without the use of a power source. As a result, this technology offers repeated drying, light weight, portability, low cost, safety, nontoxicity, and environmental friendliness, which directly address requirements of the Combat Clothing Program in PM ICE. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of the SAPCLOTH using a safe and affordable prototype to dry boots and clothing. In Phase II, POC plans to test an enhanced prototype in a combat-type environment at an approved government test facility, provide a test report, prepare a cost and manufacturing plan, optimize the number of drying cycles, establish protocols for testing and verification with the Marines, and provide samples for user evaluation.

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