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Sunday, December 18, 2005
(Isracast) An Israeli company has recently tested one of the most shock-resistant materials known to man. Five times stronger than steel and at least twice as strong as any impact-resistant material currently in use as protective gear, the new nano-based material is on its way to becoming the armor of the future.
The company developing this material is ApNano, which focuses on nanotechnology products. Israelis have often proven themselves to be quite inventive, and if ApNano is able to create a protective vest for the battle field, they could potentially affect the global war on terror (not to mention generate a profitable revenue back home).
(Isracast) In recent research lead by Prof. Yan Qiu Zhu of the School of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Nottingham, England, a sample of the ApNano material was subjected to severe shocks generated by a steel projectile traveling at velocities of up to 1.5 km/second. The material withstood the shock pressures generated by the impacts of up to 250 tons per square centimeter. This is approximately equivalent to dropping four diesel locomotives onto an area the size of one's fingernail.
With armor that strong on vehicles, soldiers may be able to survive a RPG attack from an unfriendly terrorist (something all too common on the Israeli front). This material would be quite useful in Iraq, where many soldiers (Iraqi and American) are probably suffering from a shortage of material, which is alarming considering who they are fighting against (Side note: Although our enemy is fierce, we are winning the war on terror).
Image credit: ApNano medieval armor, image from Isracast
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