Conventional body armor has typically focused on high tensile strength fibrous weaves, rigid steel or ceramic plates, or a combination of both. The weaves can sometimes be defeated by sharp and pointed projectiles and the plates are heavy and limit body movement and must be replaced after one hit.
Body armor experts at the Naval Research Laboratory have developed improved materials for personal protection. The material includes a flexible liner, a polymer binder disposed on the liner, and ceramic solids embedded in the binder. The flexible liner conforms to a portion of the wearer and elastically deforms in response to the application of mechanical force.
- Increased flexibility
- Multi-hit capability
- Avoids the possibility of creating gaps between conventional small arms protective insert ballistic plates
- Businesses can productize this technology by licensing U.S. Patent Application 20190041168 and U.S. Patent 8,220,378 from the Navy
- License fees paid to the Navy are negotiable
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