Scientists Turn T-Shirts Into Body Armor

Tagged: Body Armor, T-Shirts, Technology
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Posted: 6 years 19 weeks ago

A Hanes Beefy that can deflect bullets may sound like the stuff of comic books, but scientists have developed a way of bulking up an ordinary T-shirt to create wearable armor. By splicing the carbon in the cotton with boron, the third hardest material on the planet, researchers at the University of South Carolina markedly increased the fabric’s toughness. The result is a lightweight shirt reinforced with boron carbide—the same material used to shield military tanks.BODY GUARD

This breakthrough, according to Dr. Xiaodong Li, a professor of mechanical engineering at USC and co-author of a paper on the subject in Advanced Materials, signals a “conceptual change in fabricating lightweight, fuel-efficient, super-strong and ultra-tough materials.”

The nanowires are super-elastic but with the same strength and stiffness of current boron carbide.

Unlike the brittle boron carbide currently in use, the synthesized fibers (“nanowires”) are super-elastic. Yet they maintain the same strength and stiffness of their predecessors. “They are not only lightweight but also flexible,” Li says. “We should be able to fabricate much tougher body armors using this new technique. It could even be used to produce lightweight, fuel-efficient cars and aircrafts.”

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Andreas Hofer
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There is one downside to the concept, the armor may prevent a projectile from entering the body but will not be able to avoid injuries caused by the impact itself. Even with todays armor-vests you might have broken bones and or internal bleeding because of that. To be on the safe side you might want to look for a knight in shining armor, make him drunk and steal his armor, then fill the empty space between you and the plating with a few layers of different polymer compounds and you got yourself the best protection possible.

If they decide to make those shirts for real, which I doubt, there will be lots of videos on youtube and other portals, showing stupid people shooting at each other with real bullets for fun (just glad I am not living in the US).

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Bullets might be the least of our concern in a future of nano technologies.

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Nice... Looks mommy, daddy is a super hero! lol

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