North Carolina State University Professor Afsaneh Rabiei has led a team which created a new bulletproof foam.
FoxNews reports that the foam is a special type of foam called composite metal foams, or CMF. The lightweight foam is able to destroy bullets upon contact.
To put the foam to a test against bullets, the team built a bulletproof shield. The team made the shield's strike face with the new foam and boron carbide ceramics. Behind the strike face they put a backplate of Kevlar.
The team shot at the shield with 7.62 x 63 mm M2 armor-piercing rounds. the bullets did not penetrate the shield. The bullets only causes a 8 mm indentation on the back of the shield. The National Institute of Justice standard allows up to 44 mm indentation from a bullet on side facing the user.
Stopping bullets wasn't the team's first thought though. They originally tested it against radiation. The team was able to build a shield which could block gamma rays and neutron radiation.
I'm a cop, so I'm not exactly sure what that means, except that the material will prevent me from becoming a member of the Fantastic 4.
Hopefully someday soon we will have lightweight body armor that will be able to stop heavy rifle rounds.
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