Seam Engineering: Stitchless Seam Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00189-13-P-Z287
Agency Tracking Number: N122-134-0296
Amount: $79,992.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solitcitation Year: 2012
Solitcitation Topic Code: N122-134
Solitcitation Number: 2012.2
Small Business Information
Propel LLC
189 Governor Street, Suite 202, PROVIDENCE, RI, -
Duns: 790122183
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Clare King
 Principal Investigator
 (401) 751-2216
 cking@propel-llc.com
Business Contact
 Bethany Pollack
Title: Project Manager
Phone: (401) 751-2216
Email: bpollack@propel-llc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Propel LLC proposes to systematically investigate novel stitchless seam technologies with the potential to be used for the design and engineering of existing US Navy clothing end-items. Propel will develop sample seams using the identified stitchless technologies and use these samples to evaluate and rank the novel technologies according to performance test data. Other ranking criteria will also be included, such as cost, domestic availability, equipment requirements and technology readiness level. At least one promising technology from the evaluation and ranking efforts will be down selected for Phase II efforts. The project objective will be a reduction in weight and bulk, while at the same time enhancing performance characteristics such as durability, stiffness, dimensional stability and abrasion resistance, with the existing Navy Working Uniform Parka as the baseline for comparison. The project will seek to down select a stitchless technology that does not compromise moisture vapor transfer, and is able to enhance the ergonomics of the clothing to the user. Propel will also review current test methods for stitched technologies and develop new approaches as needed for the evaluation of stitchless technologies.

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