Liquid Body Armor
We always focus on safety and comfort with our products, especially when it comes to professional workers who need to stay dry. Our seam sealing tape is the industry’s leading line of protection to keep employees dry and free from contaminants.
But what can you do when professionals will start wearing liquid garments for protection?
That’s what’s changing in the world of body armorfor professional workers, servicemen and soldiers around the world. There’s a new revolutionary liquid body armor that promises unprecedented protection.
Seam Sealing Tape – When Liquid is OK
This revolutionary new armor relies on a twist: liquid that hardens almost instantly when it is struck with force. Not only does this offer improved protection for soldiers and professionals but it provides unrestricted move when compared to bulky, heavy armor.
Protection from garments comes in many forms: seam sealing tape provides protection in hazmat suits, Kevlar provides protection for soldiers and police, reflective tape provides visibility protection, specially-treated garments provide protection from fire and electric shock.
Protection from bullets and weapons has long meant bulky, heavy armor that greatly reduces maneuverability which can be difficult in environments where the temperature can peak over 110 degrees.
With this new super gel developed by BAE Systems, body armor can now be created with a much lighter weight and Kevlar plates that are far thinner than those previously used. The liquid would be contained between Kevlar plates using special sealing tape to prevent the shear thickening liquid from dispersing or leaking. When struck, the liquid armor hardens and absorbs the impact, dispersing it throughout the liquid.
A video shows researchers at BAE Systems’ Advanced Technology Center testing the material by firing bullets from a 9mm handgun into 10 layers of Kevlar combined with the liquid armor and then 31 layers of untreated Kevlar.
It shows the liquid armor being struck by a bullet, and the impact dispersing over a wide area — meaning the chances of a fighter being injured or killed by the force of a bullet is reduced because it is not concentrated on one small area.
Taking Textiles and Professional Safety Clothing to New Heights
While the next phases of development are to create liquid armor that can withstand AK-47 rounds, this type of textile development and liquid armor has uses in industrial and commercial work as well. When combined with a lot of professional gear that includes reflective tape and seam sealing tape, this liquid armor can help protect workers from low-speed impacts from vehicles and machinery on the work site. Examples would be cranes and hooks, or automobile incidents where EMS, Fire and Police can remain protected.
We’re looking forward to hearing about how this new technology will develop.