Air Force Cadet Creates New Bullet Resistant Material

Flyn

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Hayley Weir, an Air Force cadet, had an idea while in her chemistry class. Her idea involves combining sheer thickening fluid with bullet resistant materials to create a compound that hardens instantly at the point of impact but otherwise remains flexible. The resulting product weighs 1/3 of what bullet proof gear weighs now. Currently, the material can stop 9mm and .44 magnum bullets. Pretty cool.

Best link: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/06/02/air-force-cadet-creates-bulletproof-breakthrough.html

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZa68l2y1ms
 

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An Air Force cadet named Hailey created a new body armor? And her last name is Wier?

Holy un-intended Stargate references.

But also cool. I wonder what the secret ingredients are. Non-newtonian fluids aren't anything new, can make your own out of Corn Starch + Water.

But usually when they are shot at, they tended to explode in a spectacular fashion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl0BHueSjvA&spfreload=10
 

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its such bullshit. that material was invented about ten years ago.
 

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I thought they were testing this idea back when I was in (08). Probably a different chemical compound but still, the idea has been around a while at least, they even say so in the article. But you're not competing with SAPI or whatever it is now if you're on 9mm detail, a regular flak with no inserts isn't really all that heavy or cumbersome. Not sure about the .44 mag though, what sort of upgrade would be needed to a standard flak to stop that...? When they say it weighs one-third what current bulletproof gear weighs, are they using the 26lb figure of flak+SAPI or whatever it is now...? Because I didn't read anywhere in the article about stopping 7.62 which is kinda important.
 

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