posted on Apr, 12 2010 @ 12:38 PM
People appear to be missing the point.... and not understanding how penetration, kinetic force and all that jazz actually work.
Because the fibres are boron carbide, a very hard and tough material, they absorb a very large amount of the kinetic energy that the bullet creates.
By 'stealing' this kinetic energy, if you will, the bullet no longer has the energy to penetrate, nor to do great damage via blunt trauma.
On its own, this material has the potential to stop ANY small calibre round, including the 5.56 and the 7.62. Note i say POTENTIAL because, as pointed
out both in the post and in the original article - more refining and testing needs to be done to optimise the new materials performance.
I can certainly see a situation where layers of this material, all bonded together to a single sheet/layer - which is then layered ontop of a
lightweight STF (Sheer Thickening Fluid) -Type Gel, Such as D30 (www.d3o.com) - could make a ballistic vest far in advance of any soft or hard
personal armour currently fielded. With Clever engineering and correct assembly, i see no reason for this to be impenetrable to all currently fielded
ammunition, until you get into the larger calibres, which the material may not be able to take unless more layers are added to mitigate the additional
How 'sharp' the bullet is, as was stated earlier, is pretty much irrelevant. That is not the primary mechanism of penetration. Sheer Kinetic energy
Give it time - with refinement i could see this being quite revolutionary.