Toughened Fabrics with Counter-WMD Functionality for Daily Wear

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HDTRA1-13-P-0006
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
T122-016-0083
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
DTRA122-016
Solicitation Number:
2012.2
Small Business Information
1 Riverside Circle, Suite 400, Roanoke, VA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
627132913
Principal Investigator:
Robert Klein
Principal Investigator
(434) 220-2517
kleinr@lunainnovations.com
Business Contact:
Shirley Evans
Senior Contracts Administrator
(540) 961-6724
submissions302@lunainnovations.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Military personnel and first responders must be prepared to operate under the threat of a wide range of CBRNE threats (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high explosive) and rapidly counter WMD hazards. Daily-wear uniforms such as the army combat uniform (ACU) or the CWU-27/P flight suit are breathable and lightweight and provide basic abrasion and fire protection, but are not capable of significant CBRNE protection. On the other end of the spectrum, CBRNE suits offer protection from a variety of WMD threats, but must be donned post-WMD-event because they are heavy, easily punctured or torn, and exhibit poor breathability and launderability. This lack of multifunctional garments for soldier protection significantly degrades survivability. New materials are sought to significantly enhance the counter-WMD / CBRNE functionality of the ACU or CWU-27/P while remaining lightweight, breathable, and durable. Luna Innovations, teaming with a major U.S. uniform manufacturer, proposes to develop a new garment material that will offer increased toughness as well as protection from hazardous liquids and particulates. Garments composed of these new materials could be worn daily, exhibit enhanced durability, and offer enhanced CBRNE protection with the appropriate accessories. Luna will leverage extensive experience with textile treatments for this program.

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