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Proposal Number: 1111019
Proposal Title: Visor-Enhanced SCBA Transparent Armor Lens System
Topic Number: H-SB011.1-006
Phase: Phase I
Topic Title: Improved Firefighter Face Piece Lenses for Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
Organization: Physical Optics Corporation
Address: 1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501-1510  
Abstract: To address this HSARPA need, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Visor-Enhanced SCBA Transparent Armor (VESTA) lens, based on a transparent metallic-oxide material system, and serving as a drop-in replacement lens in current mask systems. VESTA possesses improved thermomechanical durability (compared to existing polycarbonate lenses) with 5x greater service temperatures and 3x greater ballistic impact resistance. Candidate materials will be identified based on visual acuity, hardness, and resistance to impact, scratching, and temperature, so the VESTA lens provides effective protection in the most hazardous of environments (i.e., high temperatures). In Phase I, we will evaluate candidate material(s) for infrared reflectivity and thermodynamic stability, and develop a comprehensive test plan, including exposure to extremely high temperatures. A proof-of-concept prototype will be produced. In Phase II, POC will develop a full-scale prototype of the VESTA lens and evaluate it in simulated operational environments and training facilities. Formal testing will validate the system to NFPA 1981. The successful completion of this project at the end of Phase III will benefit the nation in both government and commercial sectors by providing enhanced personal protective equipment for First Responders. Commercial applications for VESTA include enhanced protective eyewear for medical and industrial workers.
Award/Contract Number: D11PC20146
Period of Performance: 05/15/2011 - 11/30/2011
Award/Contract Value: $99,996.00
Award/Obligated Amount: $99,996.00