posted on May, 10 2006 @ 05:14 PM
Originally posted by texmiller
I already referanced this in my above post. Read the website it will answer your question on shock to the body.
I did read the website.. Just because a material is shock absorbant doesn't mean you won't get blunt force trauma. If you get shot wearing this
vest, or any vest.. The vest will push back against your body... because its "shock absorbant" instead of a small area pushing against you (like the
bruises and fractures you get from getting shot wearing kevlar).. The entire vest will push back against you, effectively squashing your body into the
vest. It'd throw you on your ass and then some.
The way they measure this is to put the armor on a clay model dummy. Then they shoot the vest and measure the indentations the vest created in the
clay. By measuring depth of impact they can gauge the pressures exerted on the body as the person gets shot. Nothing you will ever do, short of a
force field, will change this. It doesnt matter how shock absorbant the suit is. The only way to negate the effects of blunt force trauma with armor
is to deflect the shell at the same force it hit with. Or create a "cushion" layer which is squashed absorbing some of the impact. Something that
thin, i dont care what it's made out of, will not have enough "cushion" power to negate this effect to any considerable amount.
I would like to see this test done with this suit. Simply because the armor can withstand 1.5km/s projectiles does not mean that it won't kill the
person wearing it. Heh, at 1.5km/s you'd probably get thrown 500'.
Or am i missing something? This is an excellent advance in this field though. Adding a layer of cushion on the backside of the armor (kevlar?) would
probably negate a portion of this. But i think you would still find fractures and bruising. I'm not however saying that i would prefer a bullet hole
over a broken bone.
[edit on 10-5-2006 by tsensel]