Novel Textile Constructions for Puncture Resistant Inflatable Composites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QY-10-C-0014
Agency Tracking Number: A2-3949
Amount: $729,802.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-188
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
1721 Forest Drive, Guntersville, AL, -
DUNS: 791311199
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Scott Hinkle
 Senior Project Manager
 (256) 319-6280
Business Contact
 Thomas Scarbrough
Title: President
Phone: (256) 319-6138
Research Institution
To solve the Army''s need for a novel fabric with minimum thickness and weight, which provides a 30% improvement in resistance to punctures, cuts and tears, Applied Processes, Incorporated (API) proposes to successfully develop a fabric with the desired properties. The successful development of the proposed fabric is based on the experience of the API''s research team in developing composite fabrics for many military and industrial end uses. In Phase II, the material candidates selected as a result of the Phase I work will be further developed, tested and evaluated to construct a prototype inflatable cylindrical composite structure approximately 8 feet in length and 2 feet in diameter. The uniquely qualified API team will maximize the relevant physical properties of the coated fabric used to construct the bladders. The team will design, develop and construct a full size bladder and optimize the braid to be applied over the bladder. The prototype will demonstrate the ability to withstand working pressures of 10 psi and a burst pressure of 25 psi. The ultimate goal will be to position the technology for Phase III commercialization.

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