The Future Of Body Armor

If, the stuff hit ONLY, the vest. I was working a motor vehicle accident long ago and was hit by a car. The woman was on her cell phone, and claims that she did not see me (or the patrol car with roof lights operating). I went onto the pavement and felt it. The vest did take up some impact, not much. So if talking about nuclear stuff, will that be easy and soft, or fast and hard hitting? The Emergency Room staff said they were impressed, looking at my uniform and vest. I wasn’t thrilled at all. Maybe someone can make body armor that will turn bullets, shrapnel, and pavement, everything, into soft fluffy pillows and at the same time serve a beer.

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A fascinating article on the substance Graphene, or diamene.  The idea that a material only 2 atoms thick could provide extremely lightweight protection is pretty thought-provoking.  Anyone who has worn body armor knows the discomforts involved.  Kevlar does NOT breathe.  Still, better hot than shot.  Ballistic rifle plates, both steel and ceramic, are stiff and heavy.  I’m really interested to see what comes of this. 

http://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/this-ultra-thin-material-can-stop-bullets-by-hardening-like-a-diamond

Nuclear Body Armor?

On a side note, the headline perpetuates a misconception about diamonds and hardness.  Diamonds are resistant to having their surface scratched, not from breakage or shipping.  They are actually so hard that they are quite brittle.  Think about hardening and tempering steel.  That is what most people misunderstand:  The difference between hardness and toughness.  Hardness is resistance to scratching and is measured on the Moh’s scale.  Toughness is resistance to breakage and is measured as inch-pound-force per cubic inch.  When…

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