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Microfiber-Based Closures with Hermetic Sealing for Chem Bio Protective Garments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Contract: W911QY-14-C-0093
Agency Tracking Number: C2-0393
Amount: $999,770.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: CBD13-109
Solicitation Number: 2013.2
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-09-24
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-09-29
Small Business Information
91 43rd St., Suite 200
Pittsburgh, PA 15201-3109
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Paul Glass
 Lead Research Engineer
 (412) 224-2136
Business Contact
 Metin Sitti
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (412) 224-2136
Research Institution

Hook and loop closures in Army uniforms have been identified as the critical sources of leaks in protective clothing/equipment, which limits the overall protective capability of the ensemble. We demonstrated during Phase I of this project that we can design and fabricate hybrid closure systems which incorporate areas of microfiber adhesive arrays inspired by the foot-hairs found on geckos which have hermetic sealing qualities. In this proposal, we build on the success of our Phase I project and propose approaches to further develop and optimize hybrid closure systems which achieve the same range of peel and lap shear strength performance as control hook and loop closures while demonstrating significantly better resistance to vapor permeation than such systems. We propose new methods to characterize the real world performance of these systems through repeated cyclic testing, contamination testing, and washability testing. Furthermore, we will develop new methods to integrate these hybrid closure systems into textiles and backings suitable for strategic needs identified by DOD stakeholders and demonstrate proof of concept mass production of these optimized materials. Success on the proposed technical objectives will allow for a transition to commercialization upon the completion of this Phase II project.

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