New ‘Super Material’ May Improve Bulletproof Vets

670px-graphenChinese researchers have created a new super strong material that can be used to design bulletproof vests and military tanks.

The ‘super material’ is as strong as metal while being super light like balloon. It will protect soldiers in the battlefield while giving enough agility being lightweight, according to the researchers led by the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Shanghai Institute of Ceramics.

The foam-like material consists of small tubes of graphene formed into a cellular structure and was able to support about 40,000 times its own weight without bending.

One piece of graphene was able to resist the impact of a blow that had a force of more than 6,577 kg per square inch u2013 almost as much pressure as is experienced at the deepest depth of the world’s ocean – about 10.9 km – known as Challenger Deep, in the Mariana Trench, western Pacific Ocean. Read More

Bill Would Require Bulletproof Glass In All NYPD Cars

800px-NYPD_Police_car_3278Councilman Jumaane Williams is introducing a new proposal that would require New York Police Department vehicles to be outfitted with bulletproof glass.

“We are trying to require bulletproof glass on all of the police cars,” Williams told POLITICO New York. “We want to move the conversation forward because we want the men and women of the NYPD to make sure they feel protected when they are doing their jobs.” The bill is currently being co-sponsored by Councilmembers Fernando Cabrera and Elizabeth Crowley. Read More

Teijin Aramid Stops Research for New Aramid Copolymers Containing DAPBI

Twaron-bobbins1Teijin Aramid is stopping its research program to develop and commercialise aramid copolymers containing DAPBI.

According to Teijin, the developed prototype materials had good anti-ballistic performance but usage of this substance could be dangerous to people involved in the production of the monomer and copolymer.

In recent years, Teijin says it has been engaged in an R&D program together with several international partners to develop and commercialise aramid copolymers containing DAPBI. The program was aimed at further improvement of the performance of aramid polymers, mainly for anti-ballistic applications. After a thorough investigation it was found that the DAPBI monomer is mutagenic, severely toxic to the kidneys at very low doses, toxic to reproduction and possibly carcinogenic. Read More

BAE Systems To Continue Production Of Vital Soldier Protection Equipment

BAE OrderThe U.S. Army has awarded BAE Systems a contract modification worth $45 million for the low-rate initial production of lightweight torso and side body armor that protects soldiers while reducing their carrying load.

The modification was awarded under the Soldier Protection System Vital Torso Protection program, which represents the future in lightweight, high-performance hard body armor.

“This award shows the continued importance of BAE Systems to the Army’s drive to deliver the lightest weight body armor available today,” said Robert Monks, director of Warfighter Protection Programs at BAE Systems. “It positions us to continue as a leading supplier of the lightest, next-generation body armor for the U.S. Department of Defense.” Read More

Pacific Safety Products Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2015 and Year End Fiscal 2015 Financial Results

PressReleaseARNPRIOR, ONTARIO,  (Marketwired via COMTEX) — Pacific Safety Products Inc. (PSP), a leading North American manufacturer of advanced armour and personal protection solutions, today reported financial results for the three month period and year ended June 30, 2015. Highlights: Fourth Quarter — Revenues for the fourth quarter were $5.5 million, an increase of $1.6 million or 41.0% as compared to the fourth quarter of the prior year. — Gross margin as a percentage of revenues for the fourth quarter was 31.5%, which was an increase over gross margin of 25.1% during the fourth quarter of the prior year.  Press Release

Knoxville Officer Credits Bullet Resistant Vest For Saving Life