Researchers Unveil New Material to Help those at War Remain Protected

By Jamie Epstein November 15, 2012

It is truly sad when people volunteer their lives to protect the freedoms those in our country take for granted on a daily basis and oftentimes are maimed for the rest of their days here on earth or even are killed. Hopefully with the new material just released by Rice University lab, those brave and selfless war fighters will be coming home to U.S. soil intact.

The next generation technology is touted as being able to essentially halt bullets in mid air and was struck when a group of scientists including Jae-Hwang Lee alongside a team from MIT's Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, were researching ways to make materials "more impervious to deformation or failure," according to the ABC News website.

If this offering turns out results as planned, it would prove to be a much more durable yet lighter armor for soldiers and police that would protect them in various situations. The material called polystyrene-polydimethylsiloxane diblock-copolymer during the testing phase showed its layers to remain fully formed without breaking when penetrated by a nine mm bullet. “When penetrated by a tiny projectile at a high velocity, the material melted into a liquid that stopped the fast-moving object and actually sealed the hole it made,” the article added.

Scientist Ned Thomas added, "[The layers] tell the story of the evolution of penetration of the projectile and help us understand what mechanisms, at the nanoscale, may be taking place in order for this to be such a great, high-performance, lightweight protection material."

This is not the first time researchers have put their thinking caps on in order to invent things that could protect innocent lives. In fact, back in August Johns Hopkins University revealed it was doing its best to unveil increased performance materials that weighed less for those in active combat. Thus far, the research lab has spent nearly $90 million for a five-year study in conjunction with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the University of Delaware and Rutgers University which could ultimately be the key between life and death.

“It’s a big deal,” commented John Beatty, the Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments collaborative alliance manager, who is part of the Weapons & Materials Research Directorate, ARL. “We will make significant advances in designing materials, but our focus with this enterprise is as much about changing the way people think about designing as it is anything else.”




Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli

TechZone360 Web Editor

SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Related Articles

What If You Could Speak to a Holocaust Survivor? Now You Can

By: Alicia Young    4/28/2017

The USC Shoah Foundation was founded by Steven Spielberg in 1994 to document first-hand accounts of the Holocaust for future generations. Since then, …

Read More

Russian Hacker Receives Record-Breaking Prison Sentence

By: Alicia Young    4/27/2017

Roman Valeryevich Seleznev was sentenced to 27 years in prison last week in the U.S. for stealing millions of credit card details from businesses.

Read More

Microsoft Brings New Talent to LinkedIn, Dynamics 365

By: Steve Anderson    4/27/2017

Microsoft gunning for a place in the human capital management sphere with new application, and the addition of Dynamics 365 to LinkedIn.

Read More

Four Tips for Untouchable Intellectual Property

By: Anna Johansson    4/26/2017

Intellectual property is considered an intangible asset and can include things like recipe ingredients, articles, logos, and proprietary systems and p…

Read More

Is it Time for Someone to Clean Slate a Gaming Console?

By: Rob Enderle    4/24/2017

I've been looking at a lot of the comments on game review articles and forums of late, and gamers appear to be disappointed that the games aren't gett…

Read More