The U.S. Army is conducting a market survey to identify potential qualified sources to support the development of the next version of the Individual Protection System Performance Model (IP SPM) for chemical and biological defense.
The IP SPM is a chemical and biological garment modeling suite of tools that can quantify overall protective and thermal performance of novel individual protection ensemble designs, as well as fielded IP systems, against identified threat agent scenarios.
The request for information seeks industry feedback on vendors that can provide specialized engineering services to continue developing the IP SPM at Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center. Vendors are required to demonstrate prior expertise in physics-based model development and algorithm development required to evaluate modern protective materials, protective garments and provide IP equipment developers with the information needed to evaluate garment performance under various threat conditions.
Vendors must be familiar with current test equipment and methodology to conduct material swatch testing using chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals, toxic industrial materials and the design, fabrication & operation of the Chemical/Biological Agent Resistance Test (CBART) prototype cell in order to provide appropriate analysis and support.
Further details are available via Solicitation Number: W911SR16RIPSM. The response deadline is May 2, 2016.
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