Whether it be on the front lines of a military’s advancement into terrorist territory, or it’s a street shootout with officers in the line of sight, many of our loved one’s lives depend on the protection of bullet-proof armor.
Because this armor is designed to protect our loved ones, so many people are working to design new and improved versions all the time. One such new development comes out of an observation from an Air Force cadet, Hayley Weir.
Weir noticed that Oobleck, a substance made out of water and cornstarch, could potentially be reworked into body armor to make it lighter, yet still maintain a high level of protection for those who wear it.
So Weir, along with colleagues Ryan Burke and Dr. Jeff Owens, worked to develop the substance, working the shear thickening fluid between layers of ballistic fibers, until they finally were able to work out a pattern and consistency that they were looking for.
They tested it with multiple handguns, and the combination was able to stop the bullets from the guns, providing safety, while also reportedly dropping the weight of the armor by about two thirds of comparative armors.
The team now look at continuing to improve their materials, and look for bigger targets to help protect, including planes and tanks if they are able.