The goal of this paper and presentation is to give an overview of the research effort to date being conducted at the National Institute of Standards and Technology on polymeric fibers used in soft body armor (SBA) and a discussion of future directions. The overview covers chemical and mechanical fiber testing, microscopy, and x-ray scattering as means to understand potential mechanisms of degradation in these materials. Tensile testing at quasi-static and at high strain rates that are comparable to strain rates experienced during ballistic events is also presented.
Proceedings Title: Keynote presentation for Society of Plastics Engineers' Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC 2010)
Conference Dates: April 2-4, 2012
Conference Location: Orlando, FL
Pub Type: Conferences
ballistics, SAXS, tensile testing, microscopy