Liquid Body Armor Continued…

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by David Crane

The previous DefRev story contains a link to an article on advanced liquid body armor (a.k.a. liquid armor) that utilizes colloidal shear thickening fluids (Colloidal STF’s) to achieve greater bullet resistance with a thinner profile and lighter weight. It’s titled "Army Scientists, Engineers develop Liquid Body Armor".

DefRev has discovered more information about this new technology, including a paper written by the head of the program at ARL (Army Research Laboratory). Here are…

the relevant links:

This link will take you to another article on this new liquid body armor technology, titled "Army scientists, engineers develop liquid body armor".

If you’d like to read an interesting paper on the technology, titled "Advanced Body Armor Utilizing Shear Thickening Fluids", you’ll have to go to the article that contains a link to it. The paper itself is written by Dr. Eric Wetzel, head of the liquid body armor project at ARL (Army Research Laboratory), and others. Dr. Wetzel is a mechanical engineer, and works in the Composites and Lightweight Structures Branch of the Weapons and Materials Research Directorate at ARL (Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD).

Heavy stuff.

The article mentioned above describes how the project development team won the Siple Award (a.k.a. the Silver Medallion Award). It’s titled "UD-CCM Team Wins Siple Award at (23rd) Army Science Conference". Dr. Wetzel’s project associates, by the way, are Dr. Norman Wagner, a professor at the University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials (UD-CCM), his colleague, Dr. Young Sil Lee, and a first-year graduate student named Ron Egres, who’s either pretty smart, or just got lucky.

Here’s a page that further explains the Siple Award they received.

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