Ballistic Protection, with foam?
The scientific community never ceases to amaze the world, with the many studies on different innovations in the world of ballistics protection. On a constant basis, new theories and materials, are put to the test in the search to find the best protection available. A new study conducted at North Carolina State University, has resulted in a new take on an old material. A new foam, based from metals, that could change the structure of body armor. Professor Afsaneh Rabiei led the team of researchers that has discovered a new way to provide ballistics protection, even armor piercing bullets. The team has crafted a composite metal foam or CMF, for abbreviation. This foam is made by taking molten metal, and blowing gas through it while its still hot. While the gas is passing through the high temperature metal, a froth is created. . The material is then allowed to cool, after decreasing temperature, the foam maintains its structure, while keeping its weight light. The real question is, “Can the foam protect against bullets?”.
If able to protect against ballistics, the material could be a huge game change for the world of body armor. It is important to note that any potential ballistic protection material, should be tested vigorously. The research team put their ballistic protection theory to the test. In a controlled environment, the team put the foam against different firearms to see how it would withstand as a material for body armor. The material was tested in a plate form similar to realistic application. Before testing the foam was combined with boron carbine ceramics on the strike face, and the back plate was Kevlar, for safety purposes. Then the plate was put in a controlled environment, this was to gain an accurate insight on the effects of being fired upon. When fired upon, the team used several types of rounds. Even including all the way up to the 7.62 x 63 M2 armor piercing round. This round is built to beat current body armor made at NIJ standards. The results for the foam however, shocked us completely.
After testing the team concluded that the foam has the potential to be used in body armor as a lighter and more protective alternative. The foam itself was able to not only stop an armor piercing bullet, but in the video released, the bullet almost looks as if it is denigrated on impact. The bullet itself only penetrated the armor less than an inch, and had only 8mm indentation in the back. Perceptively, the NIJ allows for armor to have up to 44mm indentation, which means the foam out performed against a armor piercing bullet. The team is still testing the foams ability to with stand environmental factors and time, but have concluded this material could be the future of ballistic protection. They have also found several other potential uses for the foam. One example is the storage and transfer of explosives. Another example is for space exploration, the foam has the ability to block heat and radiation. It could also be used in the nuclear waste shipping industry. This material could lead the realm of body armor as we know it. Imagine, being able to wear high level protection without the burden of weight holding you back.
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