Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Materials being used to make Male and Female Body Armor

Body armor can save lives and contribute to a much greater performance of our military. Thus body armor should be made with the finest of materials. The lives of the wearer depends also on these body armors. There are a number of materials used to make male and female body armor which is similar in type. These materials can be woven or non-woven. Below are some of the materials used in making the body armor.

1.       Kevlar - One of the first fibers used for modern ballistic-resistant material was Kevlar. This research by Stephanie Kwolek on high performance chemical compound paved the way for the advancement of a synthetic fiber, now called Kevlar. This new material also paved way for the bulletproof vests now used by the military. Casualties in the army are prevented, if not lessen with this development.

  1. Spectra fiber – after manipulation of this fiber, the resulting nonwoven fabric is strong and at the same time lightweight which is a good material for female body armor in which weight is one of the main problems of women soldiers. The weight could stop them from great movement maneuver. Excellent ballistic function is also a property of this fabric.

  1. TWARON – Akzo Nobel developed this kind of material. This material significantly reduces the overall weight of the finished product thus making the body armor more comfortable. Stitching is no longer necessary, according to Akzo. This will make the product have a lighter weight without affecting much of its protection to the wearer. I believe this material will also be a good fiber for female body armor and because of its lightweight property; movements can easily be done by our female soldiers without causing much uneasiness and trouble. No matter what the female body armor is made up of, what matters most is that it provides maximum protection and comfort to the wearer. Choosing the right kind of body armor is easy so as long as you understand the materials used and its advantages and disadvantages.

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