NASA SBIR 2021-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary

Proposal Number:          21-1- H3.07-2484
Subtopic Title:
      Flame-Retardant Textiles for Intravehicular Activities (IVA)
Proposal Title:
      Flame Retardant Textile Treatments for Crew Clothing

Small Business Concern

Giner, Inc.
89 Rumford Avenue, Newton, MA 02466
(781) 529-0500                                                                                                                                                                                

Principal Investigator:

Avni Argun
89 Rumford Avenue, MA 02466 - 1311
(781) 529-0581                                                                                                                                                                                

Business Official:

Lisa Foley
89 Rumford Avenue, MA 02466 - 1311
(413) 427-4904                                                                                                                                                                                

Summary Details:

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Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words):

NASA has identified the need to develop new technologies that will result in a next-to-skin fabric with improved flame retardancy in the unique, oxygen enriched atmosphere of intravehicular activities. The novel material will require flame resistance (FR), comfort, durability, and be non-toxic to the wearer. It is imperative that these enhancements survive the rigors of the astronauts’ use. It is also desirable that the manufacturing process be scalable so as to minimize cost at high volumes. Giner, Inc will develop a novel, non-toxic fabric treatment method to impart FR properties with fiber-level precision on synthetic and natural fiber blends. The proposed coatings fabricated with a versatile, high-throughput multilayer spray processing method will improve flame resistance in a saturated oxygen environment without impacting base material properties such durability, toxicity and comfort. The innovation of the proposed method is the combination of a novel flame-resistant coating formula with a high-precision, scalable spray coating technique that can apply FR coatings with fiber-level precision to a variety of fabric substrates including Rayon, Nylon/Cotton blends, and 100% cotton. The coated textiles will have improved FR in the oxygen rich environment while maintaining durability and comfort. FR and base material properties will be evaluated internally and by 3rd party independent testers using standard ASTM methods as well as modified protocols for testing in an oxygen rich environment.

Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):
State of the art FR fabrics do not provide the required flame resistance in an oxygen rich atmosphere. Giner’s proposed FR textile technology will provide durable flame resistance for comfort fabrics in ambient and oxygen rich air at a low cost. This will improve the safety of the crews for intravehicular activities. Giner’s technology can be used for next to skin fabrics, sheets, upholstery, uniforms, and crew clothing.


Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):

FR fabrics are used for the protection of firemen and first responders, soldiers, and workers in industrial settings such as petroleum refineries. They are also used to cover seats and other components on commercial and military aircraft. Giner’s FR textile will provide safety and quality of life improvements in any working or living environment at risk of fire hazards.

Duration:     6

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