Military to use new gel that stops bullets – Telegraph

The Ministry of Defence has awarded £100,000 to a small company that has developed a special substance that hardens immediately on impact.

It is hoped that the shock-absorbing substance will soon be fitted onto the inside of soldiers’ helmets reducing in half the kinetic energy of a bullet or piece of shrapnel and hopefully making them impenetrable.

The gel, called d3O locks instantly into a solidified form when it is hit at high impact.

“When moved slowly, the molecules will slip past each other, but in a high-energy impact they will snag and lock together, becoming solid,” said Richard Palmer, who invented the gel. “In doing so they absorb energy.”

The d3O gel has already expanded into a range of sporting goods and is found in ski gloves, shin guards, ballet shoe pointes and horse-riding equipment. The substance relies on “intelligent molecules” that “shock lock” together to absorb energy and create a solid pad. Once the pressure has gone they return to their normal flexible state.

via Military to use new gel that stops bullets – Telegraph.

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One Response to “Military to use new gel that stops bullets – Telegraph”

  1. This is amazing! How do they come up with these things? My first thought – does it retain it’s structure or break down over time. Also, what chemicals are used to make it and how does the production of it affect the environment.

    Cool news! Thanks.

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