A team of researchers from North Carolina State University and the U.S. Army Research, Development & Engineering Center claimed to have developed a super-strong armor material that offers unprecedented protection from bullets or crashes. With it thin profile, the composite metal foam is light-weight and super-strong. The research team informed that composite metal foam (CMF) is lighter than metal plating.This is the kind of news that could save our bacon in the upcoming war. Truly good news. Now the first piece of business is to yank it away from North Carolina State, make the research crew there sign confidentiality agreements and then to get started on churning out new armor for our Soldiers and Marines asap!
In a recently released video, the researchers demonstrated how the new material literally turns a bullet to dust as it impacts the armor.
The armor is just an inch in thickness, and features a ceramic strike face, Kevlar backing, and CMFs in the middle layer that absorbs the energy created by an impact. The bullet used in the demonstration is a 7.62 by 63mm M2 armor-piercing projectile. The material performs better than Kevlar and could find application in many sectors. They can also find use in creating armored vehicles
Sunday, April 10, 2016
U.S. Army Research, Development & Engineering Center have developed a new "super" armor!