FAST FIVE: "Stiff, Strong, And Tough" – Researchers Discover New Plastic That Could Revolutionize Body Armor
The findings were published in a recent edition of the journal Applied Polymer Materials, published by the American Chemical Society (ACS).
The new plastic is so advanced that it could replace Kevlar, a heat-resistant and durable synthetic fiber, used in the production of ballistic plates.
The ability for the new plastic to rapidly dissipate heat further helps it absorb the energy from a bullet and or shrapnel.
“This work demonstrates that the right materials design approaches have the potential to make big impacts for Army technologies,” Runnerstrom said.
The next step for researchers would be creating ballistic plates of the new material for live-fire testing.