A team from the North Carolina State University with the leader of the study Professor Afsaneh Rabiei has created a stupefying technology. The researchers made a kind of foam that is bullet-proof, and could even turn bullets into dusts.
This technology is a special type of matter called composite metal foams, or CMF. The military and law enforcement could use this kind of foam for advanced, ultra light body armor to protect personnel.
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According to the research team, they also have other forms of this foam, which can keep military and first responders safe from radiation and extreme heat.
To prove the ability of the foam against bullets, the research team conducted tests where the foam body armor was able to defeat an armor-piercing bullet. The foam also smashed the bullet into powder as the impact hit.
The team built a shield to challenge the foam material with bullets. The strike face, the side facing the weapon, was made with the new composite metal foam together with boron carbide ceramics.
The backplates, which is the side that would face the user, were made of Kevlar. For the tests, the team shot at the foam body armor with 7.62 x 63 mm M2 armor-piercing round.
Results showed that the foam absorbed the bullet’s kinetic energy. The technology was also able to stop and block X-rays.
In tests, it can even be a protection against various forms of gamma rays. The foam could as well be used as a shield for neutron radiation produced by nuclear fission or fusion.
During the tests, bullets were only able to cause an 8 mm indentation on the back of the foam armor. The National Institute of Justice standard allows up to 44 mm indentation from a bullet on side facing the user. Meaning, the foam performs 80 percent better than the maximum standard.
According to experts, they created the foam using molten metal and bubbles gas. Using a particular technique, they made a sort of froth, which when cooled, it becomes a lightweight, ultra strong matrix material.
This technology, aside from saving the life of people, can also be used for space exploration and transportation of nuclear wastes.