NASA STTR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 T6.01-9742
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Space Suit Environmental Protection Garment Materials and Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: Shear Thickening Fluid Enhanced Textiles for Durable, Puncture- and Cut-Resistant Environmental Protection Garments

NAME: STF Technologies, LLC NAME: University of Delaware
STREET: 58 Darien Road STREET: 210 Hullihen Hall
CITY: Newark CITY: Newark
STATE/ZIP: DE  19711 - 2024 STATE/ZIP: DE  19716 - 0099
PHONE: (716) 799-5935 PHONE: (302) 831-2629

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Richard Dombrowski
58 Darien Rd
Newark, DE 19711 - 2024
(716) 799-5935

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Richard Dombrowski
58 Darien Rd
Newark, DE 19711 - 2024
(716) 799-5935

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 4
End: 5

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Space Suit Environmental Protection Garment Materials and Technologies is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
This Small Business Technology Transfer Research Phase I proposal will develop and advance the commercialization of STF-ArmorTM nanocomposite materials for use in Environmental Protection Garments (EPG) for long-duration exploration missions, such as the exploration of Mars. The proposed STTR research leverages the results of NASA-sponsored research conducted at the University of Delaware, combined with a commercialization pathway provided by STF Technologies LLC and our commercialization partners, to develop advanced EPG materials to improve astronaut safety. Shear thickening fluid (STF) nanocomposite textiles have been demonstrated to offer a mass-efficient means for improving the puncture and MMOD resistance of EVA suits as a superior absorber layer. The proposed research will advance the commercialization and TRL by optimizing STF materials, treatments and prototype EPG lay-ups to provide enhanced durability, puncture-, cut-, and dust-resistance while simultaneously meeting the requirements for full integration into EPGs and suit systems.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The primary target market for the proposed innovation is in the EPG for suits to be used in future, extended duration, surface exploration missions. Specifically, STF-ArmorTM will provide multi-functional protection in a single layer within EPG lay-ups. STF-ArmorTM has excellent resistance to puncture, ballistic and MMOD threats combined with superior flexibility, as compared with conventional textile materials. These properties are beneficial to a number of NASA applications beyond EPGs. STF-ArmorTM can potentially improve the MMOD resistance when used as a layer within the shell of an inflatable space habitat. STF-Kevlar can potentially replace conventional Kevlar and improve MMOD resistance in a stuffed Whipple shield. An inflatable surface habitat would also benefit from the proven ballistic resistance of STF-ArmorTM to improve protection against secondary ejecta.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Terrestrial applications of the innovation include chem-bio (hazmat) suits, which are multi-layer softgoods akin to spacesuits which also require effective puncture resistance/durability to ensure safety while the wearer completes the required cleanup task. The proposed investigation into dust repellent coatings can also potentially serve to limit cross-contamination by hazardous materials on the chem-bio suit. Further applications include protective industrial clothing, such as gloves, gloveboxes or chaps designed to protect against both physical and chemical hazards.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Protective Clothing/Space Suits/Breathing Apparatus
Smart/Multifunctional Materials

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