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Publication Citation: The Modified-Single Fiber Test: A Methodology for Monitoring Ballistic Performance

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Author(s): Jae Hyun Kim; Walter G. McDonough; William R. Blair; Gale A. Holmes;
Title: The Modified-Single Fiber Test: A Methodology for Monitoring Ballistic Performance
Published: January 18, 2008
Abstract: In an effort to develop a minimally invasive testing methodology for monitoring the in-service performance of soft body armor, the ASTM D3379-75 standard was modified by measuring the fiber diameter at 5 equally spaced locations along a 6 cm gauge length specimen, and the specimen construction was modified to incorporate reflecting tape to allow the use of a laser extensometer for directly measuring fiber displacement and hence, strain. The modified testing methodology was found to be reproducible and provide data that was normally distributed based on descriptive statistics when variations in the fiber diameters along the length of the specimen were considered.
Citation: Journal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue: 108
Pages: pp. 876 - 886
Keywords: ballistic;fiber;modulus;statistics;strength
Research Areas: Polymers, Weapons & Protective Systems
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